One of podcasting’s most listened-to shows is getting a new host. The TED Radio Hour, the public radio show that’s one of the top-ranked podcasts, will be hosted by radio and podcast veteran Manoush Zomorodi. She succeeds Guy Raz, who has been the TED Radio Hour’s host since 2013. Raz announced his departure in July.
Zomorodi is the creator and host of the podcast Note to Self, a co-production with WNYC Studios. It was named the Best Tech Podcast of 2017 the Academy of Podcasters. In addition to her work on the podcast and New York Public Radio, Zomorodi is also the author of Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Creative Self. Her own TED Talk on surviving information overload and the “Attention Economy” has been viewed more than three million times.
“Hosting TED Radio Hour is one of the best jobs in radio/podcasting,” said Zomorodi. “Who wouldn’t want to interview the smartest people on the planet about their life’s work and then collaborate with one of the top teams in audio to turn it into an intimate, educational, and entertaining hour of listening that impacts millions of people around the world?” She said the show’s mission also “aligns beautifully” with her own professional ambition to continue inspiring people to learn more about the world, their community, and themselves.
The TED Radio Hour is an editorial partnership between NPR and TED and it is carried on more than 600 public radio stations. Anya Grundmann, NPR’s Senior Vice President of Programming and Audience Development, said in the announcement that Zomorodi’s “passionate curiosity about how technology is transforming humanity and her ability to make complicated ideas accessible and relevant make her a terrific match for the TED Radio Hour and NPR.” Episodes hosted by Zomorodi will debut in the spring.
Raz has curated and hosted 155 episodes, interviewing nearly 750 TED speakers during the past six years. “Manoush is such an incredibly talented and engaging host. She brings joy, kindness and deep intellectual rigor to all of her interviews,” Raz said. “As a long-time fan of Manoush’s work, I am so excited to hear her write TED Radio Hour’s next chapter.”
Podtrac says the TED Radio Hour was the ninth most listened-to podcast during September. The program is described by its creators as a narrative journey through fascinating ideas. “TED Radio Hour has been one of the most important and impactful ways for people to discover TED and the ideas of our incredible speakers,” says Colin Helms, Head of Media at TED. “In our search for a new host, we knew we wanted someone who was genuinely curious and passionate about the world of ideas, and could bring their own voice and perspective to that world. We’re thrilled to have Manoush — also a cherished member of the TED community and brilliant journalist and entrepreneur — to lead the show into its next phase.”