Back to Work

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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 599: Self-Involved at Scale

    December 6th, 2022  |  1 hr 10 mins

    A classic odds n' sods episode encompassing a missing remote (and a failed system), some wallet FU, cool help with playlist management, unsubscribing in dribs and drabs, and a big-ass RV.

  • Episode 598: Chewbacca Credit Union

    November 29th, 2022  |  54 mins 14 secs

    Merlin is still on Island Time, so discussion is mostly limited to Columbo, Star Wars, Merlin's playlists, Ellsworth, and, of course, wallets.

  • Episode 597: The Bronze Hour

    November 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Merlin serves a turducken of suggestions related to text editing

  • Episode 596: Turkey Legs in the Renaissance

    November 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 17 mins

    Merlin is playing with his new dingus; Dan almost talks about wallets; try Tailscale to make your stuff work better together; why you (yes, you) need a VPN; Dan is getting enthused about Obsidian; Merlin is freshly re-enthused about Daytum; and finally Dan is very excited about a Dracula he saw.

  • Episode 595: Blessèd Vessel

    November 1st, 2022  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Merlin makes his case for spreadsheets as your potential place where stuff goes.

  • Episode 594: Honey Sun Bear

    October 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Fortunately, Merlin had thoroughly prepared for 62 minutes of lizards, Morgellons, animal powers, and Tom Cruise.

  • Episode 593: One of the Eel Women

    October 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 31 mins

    Sleep, practice, infrastructure, power, and OCD are themes. As per usual.

  • 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.