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A Conversation with Manoush Zomorodi

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.

RadioWest divider.


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. (Rebroadcast)

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].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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