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 545: The Cat's Fine

    September 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
  • Episode 544: Tentpole of Nostalgia

    August 31st, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
  • Episode 543: Clownitentiary

    August 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Nicholson movies; Synology yums and yucks; difficulties of shows about music; upcoming rabbit rabbit plans.

  • Episode 542: MRSA Mann

    August 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 18 mins

    DISCUSSED: Catching up; Merlin's Travel Results; praise for "Best in Show" SCTV, and public libraries; Dan has a new computer.

  • Episode 541: Proprietary Escape Key

    July 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 24 mins

    A celebration of M1 devices, the benefits of learning how to learn, and considering when a new learning curve might be worth the climb.

  • Episode 540: Extreme Medical Sloth

    July 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Find the tool you need—but, keep asking yourself, "Soooooo…now what?"

  • Episode 539: Where the Ghosts Live

    July 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Things get pretty silly, yet somehow land on some extremely Back to Work points about time management, compression, values, and moving your own goalposts. For some reason, McDonald's becomes an important controlling metaphor.

  • Episode 538: Tossed Salad of Remembrance

    July 6th, 2021  |  1 hr 31 mins

    Dan begins a journey into new worlds of voice control and home automation.

  • Episode 537: Insane Corner of My Own Design

    June 29th, 2021  |  1 hr 10 mins

    DISCUSSED: Some ups and downs of living the smart speaker lifestyle.

  • Episode 536: Fonzie Slap

    June 22nd, 2021  |  1 hr 20 mins

    The long arc of calendar talk starts to wind down with some hard talk on disambiguation and actually really getting real.

  • Episode 535: Long-Term Play Value

    June 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 24 mins

    Dan finally gets more three-six-five, and Merlin gets extremely deep in the stack. Also, just a little more calendar talk, including a model for deciding where something goes.

  • Episode 534: Manga and Others

    June 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 55 mins

    Your hosts dive into their favorite announcements coming out of WWDC and explore how exactly you decide where something should go.