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 36: Writing on the Wind

    October 11th, 2011  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Merlin Mann talks with Dan Benjamin about his dogged obsession with the flexibility of index cards—for propping up tables, giving very small cuts, and getting babies hygienically removed. Then, there is much talk of graphing your focal length against your

  • Episode 35: Why My Pants Were On Fire

    September 27th, 2011  |  1 hr 34 mins

    How to handle job interviews.

    Merlin and Dan can't solve the problem of interviews being dumb, but Merlin will tell you what is wrong with you, how long you'll have to wait for your resume to get you a job, how Larry Wall interviews for a Perl job, an

  • Episode 34: Rectangular Door Conspiracy

    September 20th, 2011  |  1 hr 4 mins

    How to say "no."

    Merlin talks with Dan about saying No to toilet paper diamonds, mints on pillows, and things you don't have the wallet for instead of saying Yes to a crate of bananas you don't have enough information about or giving a qualified Yes to

  • Episode 33: The Hypocrite You Can Live With

    September 13th, 2011  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin have a totally natural emotional reaction to the unreasonable demands they place on themselves after reading The Spongebob Report. Maybe they wouldn't have offended non-ex-Marines if they had just taken some time and consulted

  • Episode 32: The Beertruck Scenario

    September 6th, 2011  |  1 hr 26 mins

    Merlin and Dan talk about Dan's sabbatical, hotdogs, services, triggers, Quicksilver, Launchbar, and why there's no 'I' in 'ordnance.'

  • Episode 31: You Can Polish AC/DC All Day Long

    August 30th, 2011  |  1 hr 42 mins

    With Dan on sabbatical, Merlin is joined by John Roderick of The Long Winters to talk about life as a bull in a china closet, craving real-world constraints, making better records, and being banned for life from Interpol's corn chip bowl.

  • Episode 30: I'm Not Working in an Abattoir

    August 23rd, 2011  |  1 hr 37 secs

    With Dan on sabbatical, Merlin is joined by Jonathan Coulton to talk about traveling, horn sections, and Jonathan’s new album, "Artificial Heart."

  • Episode 29: I Download FLAC

    August 16th, 2011  |  1 hr 22 mins

    With Dan on sabbatical, TV's Rob Corddry talks with Merlin about Getting Things Done, writing, fear, and finding success as a blood-soaked clown.

  • Episode 28: One Little Red Egg

    August 9th, 2011  |  1 hr 25 mins

    Dan and Merlin talk about kid stuff, including the threat of Hot Wheels® donation, the inevitability of skinned knees, the nefariousness of the hospital gift basket, plus an important way every Dad has to go pro.

  • Episode 27: Danny, Hold the License Plate

    August 2nd, 2011  |  1 hr 24 mins

    Merlin and Dan discuss the shameful state of film school, the realities of Ape Law, Merlin's rock opera, and the subliminal downside of Spongebob's big promotion.

  • Episode 26: Spaghetti Guy Hits Close to Home

    July 29th, 2011  |  1 hr 33 mins

    This week Wutang Dan and The MZA bring the ruckus to finding a job, selling your Mustang, and putting your house on the market: remember that you can't negotiate with reality, Merlin can't do anything to make you love him, enthusiasm is irreplaceable, and

  • Episode 25: My Food Court of Functionality

    July 22nd, 2011  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Dan and Merlin talk about nerds getting problems and about using Markdown in BBEdit, Textmate or any text app because you need to find tools that remove friction, not distractions.