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 604: Grandpa's Automation

    January 24th, 2023  |  59 mins 17 secs

    After settling some confusion about Anna Borg, the boys settle into an amble about the state of voice assistants and the future of the theoretically smart home. As ever, Merlin is pretty excited about music, but he also needs your help figuring out where in the hell he got this new software keyboard.

  • Episode 603: A Jaws of Life for Playgrounds

    January 17th, 2023  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Merlin is extremely happy with a suggestion that Dan made, and Dan has a bunch of apps he's excited about.

  • Episode 602: Apple Juice Flood

    January 10th, 2023  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Typing on an iPad, rhyming compulsively, default media, and taking a young foodie out on the town.

  • Episode 601: Big Broom

    January 3rd, 2023  |  1 hr 12 mins

    DISCUSSED: Merlin is excited about reading, and Dan sometimes puts his time in a box. Also: "Breaking Bad."

  • Episode 600: The Trauma of My Chumby

    December 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 13 mins

    DISCUSSED: Merlin recommends an exciting new beta; Dan gets a new e-reader; and Merlin has a lot to say about taking notes.

  • 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.