Note to Self

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. © WNYC Studios

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My Digital Revolution

Stories of life online, told live. We teamed up with Generation Women, a monthly event where women from their 20s to their 80s share stories on a theme. For this episode, the theme is My Digital Revolution. Tales from the wellness editor at Teen Vogue, K


 2018-03-20  45m

Am I Normal?

Everyone wants to know if we’re normal. Is my body normal, is my brain normal, are my feelings normal? Data artist Mona Chalabi will tell you. And she’ll explain why normal is BS. In the right hands, data is more than statistics. It can expand our unders


 2018-03-14  24m

What to Think About Before Posting Family Photos

A little while back, we asked you some questions about posting photos. Do you post pictures of your kids? Do your parents post photos of you? Why, why not? We thought maybe a couple hundred people would answer. But we struck a nerve. We got more than twe


 2018-02-28  26m

Have Dating Apps Killed Romance?

Here’s a real message from OKCupid: “Hi, good evening, nice photos. You are not fat.” And that’s one of the few messages polite enough to share. It’s rough on dating apps. But so many of us are using them. How can romance survive? Well, maybe it can’t. T


 2018-02-14  24m

Help Us Collect Political Ads on Facebook

Let’s build a database of political Facebook ads. Just in case someone needs to check on them later. Like, say, if the Russians bought thousands of ads to sway an election. Manoush’s privacy girlfriend, ProPublica’s Julia Angwin, is back with a challenge (and a browser plugin) for Note to Self listeners.


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 2018-02-07  12m

Meet an Online Emotional Escort

When we get big news these days, we reach for our phones. We text our loved ones. Husband, wife, mom, best friend. Or, in some cases, our Invisible Girlfriend.

We all need someone to tell (or text) our stories to. Even if they’re paid to text back.

This week, we revisit a story from 2015 about a service called Invisible Girlfriend/Boyfriend, and how it’s helping lonely adults use their phones to feel understood. Even to feel loved...


 2018-02-06  26m

How to Find the Right Amount of Screen Time

Screen time is a daily battle. Between kids and parents, between ourselves and our better judgment. But maybe it doesn’t have to be. There is a better way.

This week, Manoush talks with NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz about her brand new book, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life. Practical strategies, solid research, and some reassurance that mostly we’re all gonna be fine. Phew...


 2018-01-31  24m

Dear Manoush: The Advice Episode

Is there a secret solution to information overload? Can random accounts ever truly be erased? How do I stay connected if I break up with social media? It’s Manoush’s brain, distilled into actionable pearls of wisdom. Plus, meet the woman behind the Note to Self inbox.

Read the full list of tips and services we discuss in the episode. Including Manoush's favorite newsletters, and a killer oatmeal cookie recipe...


 2018-01-17  31m

Dan Harris Knows All Your Excuses for Not Meditating

People have a lot of excuses for not meditating. Eight, in fact. Dan Harris knows them all. And he can help.


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 2018-01-03  27m

Search Inside Yourself For Peace and Joy

Chade-Meng Tan was employee number 107 at Google. And before he retired at the ripe old age of 44, he created a class there, Search Inside Yourself. It was about mindfulness, with an engineering twist. He never said go deep into your emotions, because engineers would ask “How do you quantify deep or shallow?” Which itself is kind of a deep question, really…

Let’s create some calm as this year ends. It all starts with one deep breath.



 2017-12-27  24m