Manoush Zomorodi

Note to Self host

Manoush is the host and managing editor of WNYC’s Note to Self. From 1995-2006 Manoush reported and produced for BBC News, with postings in Washington, Berlin, Brussels, and New York. As a freelance reporter and anchor, she covered business and technology for Reuters Television in New York from 2006-2010.


She is the author of the multimedia ebook CAMERA READY: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On-Air or Online and blogs at Follow her @manoushz.

Manoush Zomorodi appears in the following:

Reining In The Digital Wild West

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The resignation of Reddit's interim CEO, Ellen Pao, has made the company take a hard look at the bounds of acceptable speech on the site and what its obligations are to its users. 

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Watson: The Culinary Computer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sure, IBM's artificially intelligent computer system, Watson, can win Jeopardy. But can he make dinner?

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Bored & Brilliant Challenge: Put Away Your Phone!

Monday, February 02, 2015

WNYC's New Tech City is challenging listeners to put away their phones in their new "Bored and Brilliant" project.

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Engage or Unfriend? What to Do When Facebook Gets Racist

Monday, December 08, 2014

When it comes to conversations about race, justice and equality in America, the new town hall is online.

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The Giant Leap Into Commercial Space Travel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ten years ago, a private space aircraft left the Earth’s atmosphere and stirred up dreams of an age of commercial space travel. Yet a decade later, no paying passengers have flown.

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Robot Armies & The Future of War

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Scientists are making more intelligent war machines like drones that can land on their own. We may soon be making robot infantry that decide when or when not to kill—but should we?

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The Digital Reading Shift is Impacting Your Brain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our brains process digital reading very differently. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains how the shift from paper to digital has caused a gigantic change in how we read.

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The Key to Better Sleep: A Digital Detox

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Tech City Host Manoush Zomorodi and Takeaway Host John Hockenberry compare notes on what they learned and accomplished—or failed to accomplish—while tracking and trying to improve their sleep patterns for WNYC’s Clock Your Sleep Project.

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Businesses Rate Consumers. What's Your Score?

Friday, May 09, 2014

Most consumers are familiar with the opportunities to review businesses, but New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi was surprised to find herself on the other side of the equation when she was reviewed as a customer.

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Should a Video Game Determine Hiring and Firing?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some companies are using video games as a way to evaluate potential employees. It allows them to monitor the "micro-behaviors" of candidates during game play.

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Today's Highlights | April 09, 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Also on Today's Show The so-called Heartbleed bug was discovered last week by team of Finnish security experts...Two undefeated teams began the 2014 Women's NCAA final, but it couldn't end that way.

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Reigniting The Flame of Women in Tech

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Did you know the first computer programmer ever was a woman? Yet in recent decades, things have changed—today, men far outnumber women in computer science majors. Nowadays, only about 10 percent of computer science majors are women but that wasn't always the case. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke to professors and students about why more women don't pursue computer science majors and how we can change that.

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Today's Highlights | March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Each year, Americans generate more than 10 million tons of electronic waste and three quarters of these discarded gadgets go straight to the trash...Last week, eight Democrats joined a large group of Republicans in voting against confirmation for Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer who was being tapped to head up the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Unit...Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City, decodes the latest, most ridiculous lingo being tossed around at the SXSW interactive conference this week.

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Today's Highlights | March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Also on Today's Show: On Tuesday, President Barack Obama submitted a $3.9 trillion budget that calls for spending cuts, more than $1 trillion in new taxes to slow borrowing over the next decade, and more than $55 billion in new spending...It looks like scientists have discovered a positive twist on the polar vortex: It’s killing destructive insects that cost the U.S. government and homeowners billions each year...A look at some workplace tips from Toyota’s factory productivity specialist that are surprisingly low-tech. 

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This Valentine's Day, True Stories of Love & Tech

Thursday, February 13, 2014

From the unusual origins of Craigslist's "Missed Connections" to the science behind eHarmony, we take a look at the tech powering online dating sites.

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Coding Literacy is The Way of the Future

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in computer programming will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Soon, we might all have to learn code—whether we want to or not. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains why coding literacy is the way of the future. Ali Blackwell is one of the co-founder's of Decoded, which runs workshops to teach anyone to code. He discusses why coding is so important.

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What to Get the Kids? High Tech Toys that Teach

Friday, December 20, 2013

There are dozens of high-tech toys to pick from—battery-operated puppies, motorized wagons and so much more. But how do you actually pick out toys that have real educational value? Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City, has a few ideas about how to get out of the iPad rut with tech toys. She shares her list of toys that teach, promote creativity, and build skills, while managing to be fun too.

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Is Technology Killing the Magic of the Holidays?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

It’s no secret that technology is changing the way we live, but what does that mean when it comes to our experience of the holiday season? Some may say that digital technology is taking the magic out of the holidays as Christmas no longer seems quaint when 1 in 3 children write their lists to Santa through a website or smartphone app. Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City, joins The Takeaway to discuss how technology has transformed our holiday traditions.

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Technology Industry Races to Complete Online Healthcare Exchanges

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City. On this week's show, she reports on the tech firms rushing to build the exchanges before the October 1st deadline. She says that for a lot of technologists, they are more than a forum for shopping healthcare plans, they represent a huge business opportunity.


Experiments With a Tech-Free Summer Camp

Monday, August 19, 2013

Technology isn't stopping one Pennsylvania summer camp from trying to get kids to connect more deeply with nature and one another. The camp decided to conduct an experiment by letting its campers use gadgets as much as they wanted after the devices were away from the campers a period of time. Manoush Zomorodi, of WNYC's New Tech City, has followed the progress of this camp from initial withdrawal to the lessons learned after.

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