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 48: An Abrupt Existential Jerk

    January 3rd, 2012  |  1 hr 17 mins

    TOPIC: How habits get made. 

  • Episode 47: Utter Failure & Hotel Steak

    December 27th, 2011  |  1 hr 4 mins

    TOPIC: Resolving to skip the New Year's resolutions.

  • Episode 46: Not Counting the Mezzanine

    December 20th, 2011  |  1 hr 23 mins

    Topic: The Meta-Distractions of "Minimalism"

  • Episode 45: Finagling the Tree Bag

    December 13th, 2011  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Topic: The Narcissism of Small Differences

  • Episode 44: Circuitous Bridge of My Own Design

    December 7th, 2011  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Topic: Moving from dumb nouns to awesome verbs.

  • Episode 43: I Return Null

    November 30th, 2011  |  58 mins 45 secs

    Topic: Asking questions in order to find better questions

  • Episode 42: Coconut Headphones

    November 22nd, 2011  |  1 hr 16 mins

    This week Dan and Merlin talk about asking good questions instead of massaging your real problem until it fits the comforting solution you found on the cover of a magazine.

  • Episode 41: Carpal Tunnel Diem

    November 15th, 2011  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Dan and Merlin talk more about why we get stuck and how might re-think getting "unstuck." Looking at process over product, remembering how you got here, and getting clear about what you're really trying to make.

    Merlin also has some updates and tips

  • Episode 40: Dirty South Is Off the Menu

    November 8th, 2011  |  1 hr 39 mins

    Dan and Merlin talk about what it means for Google to change the meaning of "plus," and how it might bolster the production of "stuff and needy."

    They also consider options for "getting unstuck" with a creative project—how, sometimes, the constraints c

  • Episode 39: A Source of Rice with Velocity

    November 1st, 2011  |  1 hr 20 mins

    On strength and tolerance.

    Dan and Merlin talk about the many facets of strength, including the complexity of knowing what to be strong about, to whom, and when.

    It's about way more than nailing the "clean and jerk" or yelling at Sips-His-Coffee-Rea

  • Episode 38: Sorry. You Can't Have a Candle.

    October 25th, 2011  |  1 hr 19 mins

    On improving presentation culture.

    Dan and Merlin talk about bombing the deck, advancing the slides, and striving to improve the self-perpetuating bad culture of presentations.


    (Also, kid germs in the spaghetti, meeting the angry corn gu

  • Episode 37: It's Never Not Everywhere

    October 18th, 2011  |  2 hrs 4 mins

    This week, Merlin loves and hates iCloud while loving and REALLY loving Dropbox. He and Dan observe angry corn, discuss emailing files to yourself, wonder what to do with an ugly photo, and explore Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle.