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.


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#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.


#195: Prima Facie Butter Coffee

November 11, 2014 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

TOPIC: Working alone together.

This week, Dan and Merlin look at the many ways workplaces have changed over the years, and how they can be great or not so great.


#194: The Company of a Clown

November 4, 2014 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

TOPIC: What gets us on the moon?

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about varieties of clowns, rogue walruses, bloody elevator buttons, taking risks, and catching footballs.


#193: Disappointment Delivery Mechanism

October 28, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

TOPIC: You Are That Little Dot.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about notifications, beeps, bloops, flashes, and all the stuff we have zero control over. There's about a million ways people can contact us and just as many ways we can unintentionally disappoint every one of them.

There's sanity in realizing which stuff you actually control, which stuff you have to let go, and how many of the expectations in-between can be reasonably managed.


#192: Party City Trophies

October 21, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

TOPIC: Reinforcement, Aikido, and Fear

This week, Dan and Merlin try to tackle positive versus negative reinforcement.


#191: Heisenberg Uncertainty Dog

October 14, 2014 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

TOPIC: People, amirite?

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about neighbors, dogs, Macs, MLB.tv, and flavors of reinforcement.


#190: C-3PO's Beard

October 7, 2014 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

TOPIC: The Ultimate Existential Investor

This week, Dan and Merlin vent about Apple as only its superfans really can. What happens when things…don't…just work?


#189: That's How You Roll When You're a Lobster

September 30, 2014 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 17 minutes

TOPIC: Starting the stuff we haven't started.

This week—after some entertaining random talk and a handful of hardware and software recommendations—Dan and Merlin dive back into a familiar evergreen topic: why is it so hard to get started with a project? And, just as importantly, what can we learn from that persistent difficulty?

In a nut? Just start trying to suck more regularly.


#188: The Smell of Snake Anxiety

September 23, 2014 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

TOPIC: Media, Rarely Well Done

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the modern consumer media landscape and how we seem to be changing almost as fast as the technology. Almost.


#187: Peeling a Dangerous Onion

September 16, 2014 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

TOPIC: Knowing What You'll Need to Know

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about a recent presentation Merlin gave on expertise and curiosity. They also pour out a 40 for Macworld Magazine.