Back to Work

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About the show

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

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  • Episode 592: Dirt Cat

    October 4th, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Dan has Covid, so Merlin agrees to carry him, and yet Dan improbably carries them both.

  • Episode 591: A Closeted Magical Thinker

    September 30th, 2022  |  1 hr 4 mins

    There are a few odds and sods, but, yeah, it's mostly about adjudicating "Peak Cruise."

  • Episode 590: A Load-Bearing Feeling

    September 13th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Feeling bad about feeling bad is ultimately optional.

  • Episode 589: The Outgassing of Ancient Woods

    September 6th, 2022  |  1 hr 36 mins

    From choosing a pencil to relocating your ladder, one big and complex part of Knowledge Work is deciding HOW to do what you do.

  • Episode 588: Quid Pro Crow

    August 30th, 2022  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Your hosts talk about some of their favorite Mac apps available via Setapp.

  • Episode 587: I'm a Map

    August 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 9 mins

    We've got a man on the boat.

  • Episode 586: We Have Met the Audience, and He Is Us

    August 9th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins

    DISCUSSED: A very moist man's lawyer learns how Dropbox works; Merlin introduces "The Bump"; Dan has a cool new calendar technology; and Merlin speed-rounds some odds and sods.

  • Episode 585: The Wahlberg Uncertainty Principle

    August 2nd, 2022  |  1 hr 16 mins

    Frankly, it was a bit of a fever dream.

  • Episode 584: Groomsman Gifts for the Funeral

    July 29th, 2022  |  1 hr 36 mins

    Merlin has thoughts on survival, aging, and whether to bother trying to understand whatever NFTs are. Next up, the triumphant return of "Cool Thing I Learned This Week" brings updates on iOS dictation and a very Merlin video about organization.

  • Episode 583: The Dentist Picks the Chair

    July 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Your hosts discuss dramaturgy, package managers, and monospaced fonts.

  • Episode 582: Dadsplaining

    June 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 19 mins

    DISCUSSED: Dan misses going to the movies; cool ways to save your bacon in Git; and Merlin is excited about a (new to him) app for personal tracking and quantization.

  • Episode 581: A Frog That No One Saw

    June 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 38 mins

    Merlin shares an extended meditation on a phone charger and the decisions that seek to bridge past and future.