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 626: Chekhov's Lightsaber

    September 26th, 2023  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Your hosts catch up on some great media, and Merlin expounds on the magic of Channels. Also, Merlin logrolls a recent podcast episode and re-extolls the power of dictation.

  • Episode 625: Chapters of Madness

    September 5th, 2023  |  44 mins 57 secs

    Dan and Merlin have a wide-ranging discussion.

  • Episode 624: Rectangle Time

    August 29th, 2023  |  54 mins 19 secs

    Dan and Merlin have a wide-ranging discussion about technology, and Merlin lays the groundwork for several spirited rants.

  • Episode 623: My Terrible Adhesion

    August 22nd, 2023  |  1 hr 30 secs

    Over the course of this classic Odds n' Sods episode, it becomes clear that all Merlin cares about is babies and 3D printing.

  • Episode 622: A Gentleman's Malt Liquor

    August 15th, 2023  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Dan returns from a nice trip, and Merlin has been printing lizards.

  • Episode 621: Hairy Legs and the Whole Nine

    July 18th, 2023  |  1 hr 9 mins

    You’re either early or you’re late; leave time for a flat tire; have you tried melatonin?; a new search engine and some enthusiasm for blogs.

  • Episode 620: Happy to be a Chair

    July 11th, 2023  |  58 mins

    With Merlin on the mend, your hosts discuss actors named Hurt, comic books, and old Macs.

  • Episode 619: A Beautiful Jam-Up

    June 27th, 2023  |  1 hr 15 mins

    A self-hypnosis recommendation leads to another look at meditation (as well as not-meditation), plus Merlin has a few more beta finds that contribute to the Tiny Life Improvement Project.

  • Episode 618: The Living Room Test

    June 13th, 2023  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Dan sets up his little office, your hosts talk about the new Apple dingus, and Merlin highlights some strong OS updates.

  • Episode 617: Trailer for the Future

    June 6th, 2023  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Dan needs your help with a flooring dilemma, and your hosts share some thoughts on WWDC announcements.

  • Episode 616: Archipelagos of Functionality

    May 23rd, 2023  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Dan dives deep on his Sonos setup, and Merlin explores official state things.

  • Episode 615: An Attractive Nuisance

    May 17th, 2023  |  1 hr 15 mins