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.



#216: Safety Sword

April 14, 2015 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

TOPIC: Kremlinology and Verbing

This week, Dan and Merlin follow-up on Dan's neighbor and The Trailer Incident. They also undertake a rather circuitous exploration of how little we understand about how stuff gets made. This leads to a semi-useful discussion of how the verbs we verb do and don't constitute the nouns we noun—and when we realize that.


#215: Legacy Cat

April 7, 2015 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

TOPIC: With great power comes…uh, uh, what-have-you.

This week, Dan and Merlin cover a lot of ground. What makes a great comics movie. What movies to show (and not show) your kids. The majesty of The Big Lebowski. And, what exactly Dan should do about a construction trailer and a crawfish-pinching doctor.


#214: Destroyed by Farm Equipment

March 31, 2015 at 7:30PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

TOPIC: Youth as exception.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about chess, the problem with SEO, and why getting old is normal (if you're lucky).


#213: That's Not Where Rogue Goes!

March 24, 2015 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

TOPIC: Thinking Patterns and Thinking Bias

This week, Dan and Merlin talk in detail about how our unconscious patterns of thinking can damage our quality of life and hinder our ability to grow.


#212: That Tuesday Feeling

March 16, 2015 at 5:45PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

TOPIC: A lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous.

This week, Dan and Merlin are all thrown off since they're recording on a Monday. Weird, right?

They mostly talk about the respective states of comics and Apple fandom.


#211: Squeeze the Teabag

March 10, 2015 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

TOPIC: The weather is not the sky.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about discovering the challenges that help you to thrive—and grow.


#210: Fighting with Garbage Can Lids

March 3, 2015 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 35 minutes

TOPIC: Less of an Island.

This week Dan and Merlin talk about time, negotiations, and what we want (and don't want) from our email apps.


#209: Habitual Ritual

February 24, 2015 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

TOPIC: Throwing Stars and Managers

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about working in a beehive and discuss whether they played D&D properly.


#208: Don't Touch Daddy

February 17, 2015 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

TOPIC: Illness, Late Night TV, AI in the home, and Talking Baby Dolls

This week, Merlin battles the flu to talk with Dan about late night television, binge watching, talking baby dolls, and the kind of artificial intelligence we really need.


#207: Vampires in the Wallpaper

February 10, 2015 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

TOPIC: Scoping the Minimally-Viable Me

This week, Dan and Merlin catch up on illness, Marvel comics, and what-have-you, but end up talking a lot about who we really are—who "I" actually am. Merlin eventually slips into an imbued and mildly-psychedelic fugue state that may strike the listener as alternately insightful and insane.