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Manoush Zomorodi

Manoush Zomorodi is a podcast host, author, and relentless examiner of the modern human condition.

As host of Note to Self, the podcast from WNYC Studios, she unpacks the forces shaping our accelerating world and guides listeners through its challenges.

Her book, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (St. Martin’s Press; Sept 2017), is based on her 2015 interactive project with tens of thousands of listeners. It empowers the reader to transform their digital anxiety into self-knowledge, autonomy, and action.

Note to Self was named 2017’s Best Tech Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters. 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.

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

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.

Chatting about digital privacy with Manoush Zomorodi, host of the "Note to Self" podcast from WNYC Studios.