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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#173: The Best Days End in Tears

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

TOPIC: Culture is what we DO.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about processing a hotel room and leading by example.


#172: Somewhere Between a Habit and a River

May 22, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

TOPIC: How to undig a river.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about an email message from a listener who's having trouble getting away from his inbox long enough to do what he needs to, introducing a mindfulness exercise that may help point to a deeper problem.

(This is a good one)


#171: Put a Sweatshirt In My Wallet

May 13, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

TOPIC: It's like wallets and backpacks.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about H.R. Giger, Dan's latest Android experiment, more on app privacy, and why we need both wallets, backpacks, and suitcases. You know. Analogies.


#170: Useful, Creepy, Gross

May 6, 2014 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

Merlin and Dan talk about Marked, Drafts, MLKSHK shutting down, App.net, routers, Hong King Phoey, poisoned meatballs, and more.


#169: Upgrade Your Skateboard

April 29, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin talk about comiXology and the future of online digital purchases.


#168: It's Okay for Cats to Wander Around on Planes

April 22, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

TOPIC: Standing up to Attention Bullies.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the world's impossible expectations regarding each of our own time, attention, and access.

What happens when we tacitly allow the universe to ask us anything any time for any reason? How do we develop the sympathy to understand how vastly our schedules and priorities differ at a given moment?

Well. One possible solution is to learn to find the courage to not be terminally ""busy"" all the time. That's all on us.


#167: Second Banana

April 15, 2014 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

TOPIC: Ubi Sunt, LCS?

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the uneasy future of local comic shops—especially in light of Amazon's announced acquisition of comiXology.


#166: 404 - Friends Not Found

April 8, 2014 at 12:00PM • 54 minutes

TOPIC: The future we can't know.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about how quickly technology is evolving, how janky that evolution can be, and how terrible we all are at forecasting what will come next and beyond.

Could Merlin have ever imagined he'd pay $3.00 for an episode of Under the Gunn? No, he could not.


#165: The Opposite of Attrition

April 1, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

TOPIC: Words mean things.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the blight of buzzwords, jargon, and douchespeak writ large.


#164: Back in the Medieval Village

March 25, 2014 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

TOPIC: Curiosity & Creativity

This week, Dan and Merlin talk more about expertise and how it relates to the ineffable qualities of curiosity and creativity. Can curiosity be inspired or taught? Or, is it just something you either have or don't? How do we buck the implicit authority to explore the vast universe of "unnecessary things?"