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.



#403: It's Just a Salad

December 4, 2018 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

Discussed: Why Tuesday is the optimistic day; pourover coffee for Dan's wife; confirm shaming; updates on iPad keyboards and covers; approximately annual history of "Bawk Bawk!"; some thoughts on Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart; kids and learning Programming; the things that are difficult to teach anyone.


#402: Watches & Barbecue

November 27, 2018 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Discussed: Thanksgiving; spatchcock chicken; kids and their stupid eating; Dan's concern about how we talk to each other; Merlin encourages people to try not to be terrible.

Also, some odds and sods on iPad Pro updates, and thanks to our nice listeners.


#401: Carrier Fluid

November 20, 2018 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

Discussed this week: Dan's MOSH setup on iPad; Dan's new NEW iPad; ease of setup on iOS; some iOS photo editing app recommendations; two things Merlin learned this week; and a little rant about how everybody apparently already knows everything.


#400: In The Penal Colony

November 12, 2018 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

Dan and Merlin talk about their first week using the new iPad Pro.


#399: Blue Whale Salt

November 6, 2018 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

Discussed this week: coffee water, voting, inertia, new iPads on the way, difficult buying decisions, returning merchandise (as a thing), some TV suggestions, Dan's new ODROID, 80s video game nostalgia, asking for your iPad-at-work input, plus seeking suggestions for apps for new joggers.


#398: So Much Unnecessary Beauty

October 30, 2018 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about Apple's Fall event in Brooklyn today. They liked the event.


#397: My Manager is Water

October 23, 2018 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

Discussed: nailing it, the optimistic valence of Tuesdays, difficulties finding replacement parts on Amazon, headphone preferences, Alexa's service outage and new whisper mode, Austin's big water crisis and what it says about epistemology, reason, and society, plus 20 years of The Big Lebowski.


#396: Bean in the Sleeve

October 16, 2018 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 21 minutes

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the FitBit Charge 3 and where it fits into their worlds—as well its place in the larger tracker and smart watch ecosystems.

Excursions also include: BroBot, weather stations, weather apps, some TV and movie talk, some space talk, plus children's failures to understand how time basically works.


#395: My Sleeves are Dynamic

October 9, 2018 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

Discussed: the tyranny of earliness, the benefits of timeliness, an interesting horology episode about Apple Watch, more watch talk, a blog recommendation, a quick look at Merlin's new FitBit, an update on home WiFi options, Merlin raps a little, Dan gets wired for Ethernet, what we'd like so see in an updated Mac Mini, some listener followup on Bear export and (deliberately) slow interfaces, considering oneself touch-ed, skeuomorphic sounds, and various Florida wildlife encounters.


#394: Dead or Angry

October 2, 2018 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

This week: some TV and movie stuff, Dark Mode and accessibility, OS stability and beta temptation, Merlin has an anecdote, the powers and frustrations of Siri via Apple Watch, updates to the Fitbit family, tech that does enough, Dan tried Bear, updates on the Chrome login thing, and an intriguing listener comment about Apple's ASP/inch3.