Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of Note to Self, “the tech show about being human,” from WNYC Studios. Her book exploring how boredom can ignite original thinking, Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out (St. Martin’s Press) will be published in 2017.
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). 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 2016, 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.) You can still sign-up for Infomagical.
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 Economist, AdWeek, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Well+Good, Poynter, 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 MSNBC, WNBC, and The Dr. Oz Show and contributed to NPR, Quartz, Inc. and Radiolab. When she can, Manoush fills in as host for WNYC shows including The Brian Lehrer Show, The 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. In 2012, she published Camera Ready, a guide to multimedia journalism.
Manoush 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.