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.



#525: The Pollution of Modernity

April 6, 2021 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

DISCUSSED: fake southern accents lead to some movie talk; Merlin apologizes; Dan does not want to spend a night in The Box; please utilize the restroom that conforms to the color of your gender; a guardsman pitches Merlin's wife; Merlin goes off on a surprisingly long tangent on kung fu movies--especially the work of The Great Gordon Liu; Dan needs a syllabus to get Cash even more into Godzilla movies; there are some words on DC movies; your hosts begin a dive into the Kindle ecosystem that turns into a dive into ""The Kindle Ecosystem""; Friend-of-the-Show, Moisés, provides some beneficial real-time follow-up regarding the king of monsters; Merlin needs some movie backstory but also wants wants to make it extremely clear that he is very attracted to an English actress.


#524: The Silver Linings Guy

March 30, 2021 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

DISCUSSED: iOS has gotten really good; still, there's some Apple stuff we'd love to see get better; some Covid updates; anxiety and OCD in these fraught times; finally, Dan and Merlin need your advice for some networking upgrades.


#523: My Fingers Know It

March 23, 2021 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

DISCUSSED: DST and rebooting sleep; some quick documentary talk; a challenging H.R. Giger poster; updates on sane prepping, looking at some interesting sources for electric power; on rational prepping; oh, boy, fatbergs; and, finally, a quick dive into the joys of "The Everything Button" and the myriad benefits of learning the key commands.


#522: Where All the Memories Go

March 16, 2021 at 5:15PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

Diving deep on the power of infrastructure. Yes, for you, too.


#521: Nozzle Tov

March 9, 2021 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

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 hear on topics related to preparation and infrastructure.


#520: Preemptive Punishment Food

March 2, 2021 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 9 minutes

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


#519: Designated Toilet

February 23, 2021 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

DISCUSSED: Dan has updates on Texas's recent weather events and the unanticipated cascading effects on complex and interconnected infrastructures; then, for dessert, your hosts explore the delights and insights of the "isolated tracks" rabbit hole.


#518: 10% of a Headache

February 16, 2021 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

DISCUSSED: 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.


#517: How Daddy Make That Paper

February 9, 2021 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

DISCUSSED: Doing pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good; Dan discovers a shark is menacingly circling one of his product names; there's a reason Merlin is not in the corner office; your hosts fondly recall the Avon products of their youth; Dan shares a terrific anecdote about George Harrison and Phil Collins; please don't use my things for things those things aren't things to be used for; Mission: Impossible movies are very good; if you want to really appreciate something, it helps to make yourself be an amateur again; a recommendation for a very smart Mac location managing app; 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: The Steely Dan Dad

February 2, 2021 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

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

With that said:

[this is a good one]