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.

#205: Obsolete, circa 1993

January 21, 2015 at 10:30PM • 2 hours 8 minutes

With Merlin on sabbatical, Dan is joined by John Roderick to discuss his recent visit to Africa, the military, corporate friends, strategic thinking, the Internet, digital books and albums, echoes, playmobil figures, measuring your arms, the tribal world, selling coats on the internet, and more.

#204: Space Geisha

January 13, 2015 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

TOPIC: "I am NOT talking about bartending."

A kind of two-parter this week.

First up, a meditation on invasive thoughts, how they can take over our lives, and how we can maybe learn to deal with them.

Second (starting about 38 minutes in), a VERY SPOILER-HEAVY dissection of the amazing new time travel movie, Predestination.

#203: I Blame the Media.

January 6, 2015 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

TOPIC: The things you did or didn't say.

This week, Dan and Merlin sympathize with their pal Marco's recently becoming "way too popular for a day."

What happens when something we said or wrote gets quoted, misquoted, taken out of context, or amplified a thousand times more than we'd expected?

#202: Choosing is a Radio Button

December 30, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

TOPIC: The Life You Actually Want.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about organization, multitasking and new year's resolutions.

#201: Never Enough Bathrooms

December 23, 2014 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

TOPIC: The Opacity of the Stack

In this depressing holiday episode, Dan and Merlin talk about how tenuous our modern infrastructures feel. How great it is when everything in the stack "just works"; how increasingly seldom all the pieces work; and how frustrating it can be to figure out exactly what's broken.

#200: Blitzkriegscheiße

December 16, 2014 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

TOPIC: He'll only do three of these.

This week, Dan and Merlin mark their 200th episode by responding to listener feedback and talking about Led Zeppelin and lunch tables.

#199: Merlin Mann's Best of 2014

December 9, 2014 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

TOPIC: When You Love a Voice.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about podcasts they're loving right now. And, yeah, Merlin rants a little about overthinking and fetishizing podcast production.

#198: Gardening Leave

December 2, 2014 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

TOPIC: Time to reboot.

This week, Dan and Merlin respond to a note from Listener Tim on how to stay busy and active during his garden leave. The Boys encourage him to experiment with the personal rebooting that's almost impossible to do when you're stuck at an official jobby-job.

#197: Way of the Brown Lego

November 25, 2014 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

TOPIC: Mail Bag.

This week, Dan & Merlin respond to listener email and toots. Specifically, dealing with passive-aggressive team members, bulbous "CC:" lines, and what constitutes "stability."

#196: The Circle of Lice

November 20, 2014 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

TOPIC: Hakuna Matata.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about home pest control, misleading beef jerky, and becoming a more conservative electronics consumer.