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 521: Nozzle Tov

    March 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
  • Episode 520: Preemptive Punishment Food

    March 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Preparing isn't just for preppers. But, how do you incorporate scope and infrastructure without turning into a nut?

  • Episode 519: Designated Toilet

    February 23rd, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Dan has updates on Texas's recent weather events and the unanticipated cascading effects on complex and interconnected infrastructures.

  • Episode 518: 10% of a Headache

    February 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins

    As The Lone Star state struggles with a surfeit of anomalous weather events, your hosts dig into the challenges inherent to all sorts of complex, interconnected systems.

  • Episode 517: How Daddy Make That Paper

    February 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Merlin presents a lengthy and disordered jeremiad on HomeKit, HomeKit apps, and the new iOS playground; which is mostly all just to say: why are email apps still so terrible?

  • Episode 516: The Steely Dan Dad

    February 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins

    No way am I even going to attempt a description this week.

    With that said:

    [this is a good one]

  • Episode 515: Please Do Not Tapdance for Me

    January 26th, 2021  |  58 mins 47 secs

    Four basic steps for being a successful adult (who has to deal with other adults)

  • Episode 514: Chicken Wipe

    January 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Dan continues to explore the exciting possibilities of his latest hardware acquisition.

  • Episode 513: A Preferred Testicle

    January 12th, 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins

    Your hosts start diving into Dan's exciting new acquisition and how best to put to good use.

  • Episode 512: You Have a Mustard Fetish

    January 5th, 2021  |  1 hr 12 mins

    Some people see forests, while others see trees.

  • Episode 511: One Ringy-Dingy

    December 29th, 2020  |  47 mins 20 secs

    Making a problem go away is not the same thing as solving the problem.

  • Episode 510: I Cannot Afford Your Loyalty

    December 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 37 mins

    DISCUSSED: The generational struggle to understand things we can't understand, dealing with other people, and "Star Wars."