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.



#203: I Blame the Media.

January 6, 2015 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

TOPIC: The things you did or didn't say.

This week, Dan and Merlin sympathize with their pal Marco's recently becoming "way too popular for a day."

What happens when something we said or wrote gets quoted, misquoted, taken out of context, or amplified a thousand times more than we'd expected?


#202: Choosing is a Radio Button

December 30, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

TOPIC: The Life You Actually Want.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about organization, multitasking and new year's resolutions.


#201: Never Enough Bathrooms

December 23, 2014 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

TOPIC: The Opacity of the Stack

In this depressing holiday episode, Dan and Merlin talk about how tenuous our modern infrastructures feel. How great it is when everything in the stack "just works"; how increasingly seldom all the pieces work; and how frustrating it can be to figure out exactly what's broken.


#200: Blitzkriegscheiße

December 16, 2014 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

TOPIC: He'll only do three of these.

This week, Dan and Merlin mark their 200th episode by responding to listener feedback and talking about Led Zeppelin and lunch tables.


#199: Merlin Mann's Best of 2014

December 9, 2014 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

TOPIC: When You Love a Voice.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about podcasts they're loving right now. And, yeah, Merlin rants a little about overthinking and fetishizing podcast production.


#198: Gardening Leave

December 2, 2014 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

TOPIC: Time to reboot.

This week, Dan and Merlin respond to a note from Listener Tim on how to stay busy and active during his garden leave. The Boys encourage him to experiment with the personal rebooting that's almost impossible to do when you're stuck at an official jobby-job.


#197: Way of the Brown Lego

November 25, 2014 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

TOPIC: Mail Bag.

This week, Dan & Merlin respond to listener email and toots. Specifically, dealing with passive-aggressive team members, bulbous "CC:" lines, and what constitutes "stability."


#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.