Back to Work

Back to Work

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

Hosted by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin.



#547: Backyard Butt Doctor

September 21, 2021 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Dan and Merlin almost talk about iOS 15.


#546: Snow Day for Nerds

September 13, 2021 at 1:00PM • 56 minutes

Reporting live from the show floor and looking at options for time tracking.


#545: The Cat's Fine

September 7, 2021 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 4 minutes

DISCUSSED: The rules of "Rabbit Rabbit"; exploring the magic of Domino's probability-altering powers; forests versus trees and past versus future; Chevy Chase and a familial ninety-ten inversion; and, finally, praise for Lulu Miller's mind-blowing thoughts on the downsides of imposing "order" onto chaos.


#544: Tentpole of Nostalgia

August 31, 2021 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 5 minutes


#543: Clownitentiary

August 24, 2021 at 5:45PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

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


#542: MRSA Mann

August 17, 2021 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

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


#541: Proprietary Escape Key

July 27, 2021 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

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


#540: Extreme Medical Sloth

July 20, 2021 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

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


#539: Where the Ghosts Live

July 13, 2021 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

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.


#538: Tossed Salad of Remembrance

July 6, 2021 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

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