Manoush

Manoush Zomorodi hosts the podcast Note to Self from WNYC Studios.

Short Bio:

Manoush Zomorodi hosts Note to Self, the podcast about how technology is changing our brains, lives, and society, from WNYC Studios.

Every week, she searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries through experiments and conversations with listeners and experts.

Manoush has won numerous awards for her work including four from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host.

Her book exploring how boredom can ignite original thinking, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (St. Martin’s Press) comes out September 5th, 2017 (but you can preorder now). Her TED talk on boredom will be coming out soon too.

In spare moments, Manoush tweets @manoushz and takes deep cleansing breaths.


Long Bio:

Manoush Zomorodi hosts Note to Self, the podcast about how technology is changing our brains, lives, and society, from WNYC Studios. Her book exploring how boredom can ignite original thinking, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (St. Martin’s Press) comes out 2017 (but you can preorder now).

Every week on her podcast, Manoush searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries, through experiments and conversations with listeners and experts. Topics include information overload, digital clutter, sexting “scandals," and the eavesdropping capabilities of our gadgets.

Manoush’s goal, as the New York Times wrote, is to “embrace the ridiculousness” of modern life, even when that means downloading dozens of apps to fight the feeling of digital overload (see Lifehacker's profile on her).  She often speaks on creativity in the digital age, kids and technology, and non-fiction storytelling...she was also the "Z" in Vice's recent list: "An A-Z of Women Pushing Boundaries in Science and Tech."

In January 2017, Manoush and Note to Self launched The Privacy Paradox, a 5-part plan to help people take back control over their digital identity. Tens of thousands of listeners have completed the project so far, which Fast Company calls Manoush's "challenge to us to stick up for our internet rights." 

A year earlier, Manoush convinced over 30,000 people to tackle "information overload" with an interactive project called Infomagical.  She and her team used groundbreaking digital engagement techniques to keep participants on track and discover the magic of clear thinking.  Listeners left Manoush over 1,700 voicemails during the first week of the project (and she listened to every single one.) 

The precursor to Infomagical was Bored and Brilliant. In 2015, this interactive project got people around the globe rethinking their relationship with their phones and jump starting their creativity.  Bored and Brilliant was covered by The EconomistAdWeekThe AtlanticNewsweekWell+GoodPoynter, and Fast Company, among others.

Manoush has won numerous awards including 4 from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host.  She has appeared on NBC Nightly NewsMSNBCWNBC, and The Dr. Oz Show and contributes to  NPRQuartzInc. and Radiolab. When she can, Manoush fills in as host for WNYC shows including The Brian Lehrer ShowThe Leonard Lopate Show, and On The Media.

Prior to New York Public Radio, Manoush reported and produced around the world for BBC News and Thomson Reuters. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and went to Georgetown University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, NY1 reporter and anchor Josh Robin, and their two kids.