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.

#550: Ampersands and Raisins

October 12, 2021 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 39 minutes

DISCUSSED: Dan and his son are up to Daniel Craig in their Bond journey, and this leads to an exploration of how our feelings about movies and their characters can change over time; considering the media you're scared to rewatch since it's probably not as good as you remember; your hosts dive further into browser extensions and why they're so critical to filtering your world.

The Leftovers
The Leftovers

Neil Breen
Neil Breen

License to Clown
License to Clown

#549: A Typical Feisty Boy Child

October 5, 2021 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

DISCUSSED: Exploring rural voices; the things that kids (and we) have had stolen away over the past couple years; what movie would get your butt back into a cinema seat?; an opinionated dive into Safari's new approach to tabs (and why it feels so concerning); and, finally, Merlin shares a bunch of Safari extensions that do new stuff—or do old stuff in a cool or interesting way.

Howard gets a little ride. Way of the future.


Three Dark-Haired Brunettes.

#548: The Results of This Dog

September 27, 2021 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 14 minutes

DISCUSSED: Merlin considers a black market medical purchase; the anatomical anomalies of the problematic sleeper are considered; some favorite YouTube finds are discussed; and, finally, your hosts begin scratching the surface of iOS 15's many clever and life-enhancing new features.

#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.