A Conversation with Manoush Zomorodi

Mar 19, 2018

Are you bored enough? Because it turns out that boredom and creative thinking go hand in hand. Manoush Zomorodi says that by redefining our relationship with digital gadgets, we can rediscover boredom’s hidden benefits and unlock our creativity.

A few years ago, Manoush Zomorodi, host of the podcast Note to Self, led thousands of listeners through an experiment she called Bored and Brilliant. The idea was to find out what would happen if people put down their phones and embraced boredom. Zomorodi learned that while we don’t need to abandon our gadgets to harness boredom’s benefits, we could probably stand to better regulate our time with them. She joins us to explain how we can reclaim our joy and curiosity by reexamining our digital lives.

Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of Note to Self, a podcast and radio show from WNYC Studios. Her new book is called Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

On Thursday, March 22, Manoush Zomorodi will be in Salt Lake City for lunch and a conversation with KUER's Tim Slover and Lee Hale, producers of KUER's More To Say podcast. That event is at Squatters Pub at 11:30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit KUER's web site.