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Is your phone watching you? Can texting make you smarter? Are your kids real? Note to Self explores these and other essential quandaries facing anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts, including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Nancy and many others.
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205 Episodes
Right from wrong. We teach our kids what this means in the classroom and at home. But what about online? The next generation of tech users could be a part of much more civilized digital universe, but only if they learn how now. Manoush talks to Richard Culatta (CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education) about the five steps to creating good digital citizens, and how to turn the current online “culture shift” into something positive, respectful, and more accessible to all.Sign up for Manoush’s newsletter and find her other podcasts and
Computer scientist and cult-blogger, Cal Newport, wants you to take 30 dates off from all your personal tech. A month off, he claims, is the only way to truly adopt Digital Minimalism, his method for finding tech-life balance and the name of his latest book. Manoush loves a digital detox as much as the next overloaded person, but she explains to Cal why she has issues with his particular prescriptions. Manoush writes a newsletter that comes out every other Thursday. Sign up at and find her other podcasts at and
In 2018, Andria Zafirakou was named Global Teacher of the Year and given $1m in prize money. Why? Because this innovative art teacher (and mother of two) helped transform her struggling school in London’s poorest neighborhood into an educational powerhouse: the Alperton Community School now ranks in the top 4% of ALL UK schools. Andria says the techniques she uses in her classroom can be used to improve education on a global scale. On this episode, she shares her creative know-how and how we can all prepare the next generation of innovators… and get more creative ourselves.Sign up for Manoush’s newsletter and find her other podcasts at and
The tech show about being human returns with an all new season. Host Manoush Zomorodi kicks things off with the latest on the battle between kids and parents over their screens: do we know how kids are impacted by tech? Does it make them less empathetic? Are they being constantly bullied online? Even if we can help kids figure out their digital habits, are we adults totally screwed? Researcher Elizabeth Englander joins Manoush to share new findings and give the most pragmatic advice about how kids and adults can build better relationships with their tech and each other.
Note to Self is Back!

Note to Self is Back!


Note to Self helps you navigate the digital age by making sense of its most undervalued component: humans! With all new episodes coming every Tuesday, host Manoush Zomorodi investigates the very personal role technology plays in our lives and how we can live better with it. Because you are so much more than an algorithm.
This week we’re discussing government censorship in China, #metoo and cryptocurrency.Endless Thread is hosted by Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson, and is made by WBUR.You can listen to the show at
Dear (Data) Diary

Dear (Data) Diary


Long-distance friends Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec spent a year tracking the little things in life. Thanks yous, coffees, complaints, street sounds. And each week, they turned their small-scale data collections into whimsical hand-drawn postcards.On a minute level, they may not say much. But look at them together and they tell an intimate story. This week, Giorgia and Stefanie talk us through three weeks of data, and all the big lessons in our most mundane moments.Look at more postcards by Giorgia and Stefanie here. 
With former Google designer Tristan Harris, who explains how far Silicon Valley will go to capture and control your eyeballs. And Snapchat artist CyreneQ, who makes her living drawing on her phone all day. For real.
Your Metadata is Showing

Your Metadata is Showing


We asked you guys to send us photos. Then we gave them to Andreas Weigend, veteran of Xerox Parc, former chief scientist at Amazon, to see what he could deduce. A lot, it turns out.A little Google image search, a little metadata, and we can find where you are. Maybe who you are. What color phone you’re using to take the shot, and how many SIM cards you have.Reading photos is more than a digital parlor trick. It’s the future of commerce, marketing, policing, lending, and basically everything else. 
Bot armies are taking over Twitter. But they’re not necessarily trying to advance a point of view, according to Phil Howard, a bot researcher. They’re aiming to sow chaos and make dialogue impossible. At the extreme, the goal is to destabilize our very sense of reality.  “Their strategy is to plant multiple conflicting stories that just confuse everybody," Howard says. "If they can successfully get out four different explanations for some trend, then they've confused everybody, and they're able to own the agenda.”This week, why someone would sic a bot army on Manoush. And what her bot brigade can teach us about how bots are shaping democracy, from the 2016 election to Brexit to the recent French election.You can check if a Twitter account following you is real or fake, with Bot or Not, an aptly-named tool from Indiana University's Truthy project.
Comments (23)


I wish she had at least touched on Shays' Rebellion and other reasons the Bill of Rights was created in the first place. That's an important, but often forgotten tidbit of US history.

Jun 7th


Come on now, this is just silly. As with astrology, anyone can be any combination of these "types" from day to day. Awfully Jungian...

Apr 30th


Insightful and important to talk about

Apr 17th

Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th

Renee Zamora

consumer mentality towards relationships.... So True, So Powerful

Jan 3rd

Renee Zamora

So True....was watching a Ted Talk yesterday about Empathy and how they've done studies with College students... results have shown Empathy is continuously declining in this modern age... Dun Dun Dun!!!😲

Jan 3rd

Thomas Bosnakovic


Dec 24th

انا الاسمر I am Asmar


Nov 8th

Sherri Baldwin Wooldridge

Manoush, where are you? I'm missing your podcast!

Oct 15th

Frank Davis

The U.S. military has occupied Afghanistan since 2003. In 2003 Afghanistan was producing only 4% of the opium in the world, and today they produce an incredible 90%. To be clear, out of all the opium in the world today 90% of it comes from poppy plants grown in Afghanistan. This huge increase in production happened over the past 17 years while the US military has been there. I'm not saying that our military presence there is or is not causal because that is a deep rabbit hole for another day. I am just saying I think it's something very important to consider in the quest for a solution to the opioid epidemic. And hardly anyone knows or talks about it.

Apr 21st
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Jon Gose

a little more about your mailman being your drug dealer is a Mitch hedburg joke,that author needs to recognize that

Apr 18th


i love google calendar too

Mar 26th

Manoj Kumar Prusty

very interesting

Mar 2nd

Kaoula Channoufi

loved it

Jan 9th

Jude Muoki

By far one of my favourite podcasts. Keep up the excellent work and thanks for resharing the black mirror episode!

Dec 25th

Calvin Lam

great podcast

Nov 28th

Staurt Ingram

Great pod cast!

Nov 20th

Natalie Hughes

very interesting. Thank you

Oct 6th

Jessica Brown

Great listen!

Oct 5th

iTunes User

Love listening to this show and the story telling format. It keeps it interesting while tackling complicated topics in the tech scene that are off the beaten path.

Aug 30th
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