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. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

527 527: Classic Mentos Situation April 20, 2021

DISCUSSED: Merlin is reporting live from the show floor; sleep is complicated; food is complicated, too; Dan tries to build muscles the right way; he also has strong feelings about TV shopping; Merlin just wants someone to tell him which is The Good One.


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Older Episodes

526 526: Above-Average Practices April 13, 2021
Thinking about what comes next as we get back to ““normal.""
Your hosts begin a dive into the Kindle ecosystem that turns into a dive into ""The Kindle Ecosystem.""
524 524: The Silver Linings Guy March 30, 2021
Considering anxiety and OCD in these fraught times.
523 523: My Fingers Know It March 23, 2021
On the joys of "The Everything Button" and the myriad benefits of learning the key commands.
522 522: Where All the Memories Go March 16, 2021
Diving deep on the power of infrastructure. Yes, for you, too.
521 521: Nozzle Tov March 9, 2021
DISCUSSED: Merlin has a lot to say about fizzy water and the drugs of Florida; someone please help Dan get his old Twitter name; talking recent media and deciding when a kid is "ready" for it; some Marvel talk; Jack Kirby ruled; finally, hey, tell us what you'd like to …
Preparing isn't just for preppers. But, how do you incorporate scope and infrastructure without turning into a nut?
519 519: Designated Toilet Feb. 23, 2021
Dan has updates on Texas's recent weather events and the unanticipated cascading effects on complex and interconnected infrastructures.
518 518: 10% of a Headache Feb. 16, 2021
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.
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?
516 516: The Steely Dan Dad Feb. 2, 2021
No way am I even going to attempt a description this week. With that said: [this is a good one]
Four basic steps for being a successful adult (who has to deal with other adults)
514 514: Chicken Wipe Jan. 19, 2021
Dan continues to explore the exciting possibilities of his latest hardware acquisition.
513 513: A Preferred Testicle Jan. 13, 2021
Your hosts start diving into Dan's exciting new acquisition and how best to put to good use.
Some people see forests, while others see trees.
511 511: One Ringy-Dingy Dec. 29, 2020
Making a problem go away is not the same thing as solving the problem.
DISCUSSED: The generational struggle to understand things we can't understand, dealing with other people, and "Star Wars."
509 509: The End of the River Dec. 15, 2020
Sometimes, no one can see the ball—let alone reach the ball.
508 508: Oscarbation Dec. 8, 2020
Habits, cycles, and patterns of thinking. Why it's difficult to rehearse success—but surprisingly easy to rehearse failure.