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.

#522: Where All the Memories Go

March 16, 2021 at 5:15PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

Diving deep on the power of infrastructure. Yes, for you, too.

#521: Nozzle Tov

March 9, 2021 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

DISCUSSED: Merlin has a lot to say about fizzy water and the drugs of Florida; someone please help Dan get his old Twitter name; talking recent media and deciding when a kid is "ready" for it; some Marvel talk; Jack Kirby ruled; finally, hey, tell us what you'd like to hear on topics related to preparation and infrastructure.

#520: Preemptive Punishment Food

March 2, 2021 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 9 minutes

Preparing isn't just for preppers. But, how do you incorporate scope and infrastructure without turning into a nut?

#519: Designated Toilet

February 23, 2021 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

DISCUSSED: Dan has updates on Texas's recent weather events and the unanticipated cascading effects on complex and interconnected infrastructures; then, for dessert, your hosts explore the delights and insights of the "isolated tracks" rabbit hole.

#518: 10% of a Headache

February 16, 2021 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

DISCUSSED: As The Lone Star state struggles with a surfeit of anomalous weather events, your hosts dig into the challenges inherent to all sorts of complex, interconnected systems.

#517: How Daddy Make That Paper

February 9, 2021 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

DISCUSSED: Doing pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good; Dan discovers a shark is menacingly circling one of his product names; there's a reason Merlin is not in the corner office; your hosts fondly recall the Avon products of their youth; Dan shares a terrific anecdote about George Harrison and Phil Collins; please don't use my things for things those things aren't things to be used for; Mission: Impossible movies are very good; if you want to really appreciate something, it helps to make yourself be an amateur again; a recommendation for a very smart Mac location managing app; Merlin presents a lengthy and disordered jeremiad on HomeKit, HomeKit apps, and the new iOS playground; which is mostly all just to say: why are email apps still so terrible?

#516: The Steely Dan Dad

February 2, 2021 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

No way am I even going to attempt a description this week.

With that said:

[this is a good one]

#515: Please Do Not Tapdance for Me

January 26, 2021 at 2:00PM • 58 minutes

DISCUSSED: There are things that one wants to see less or fewer often; is this particular button actually hooked up to anything?; there is literal must-see TV and you must see it literally immediately; everything is catching on fire; four basic steps for being a successful adult (who has to deal with other adults); thoughts on creativity and focal length; the process of unpandemicizing, or: do we still know how to put a Casual Corner in a mall?; Dan is loving his iPad; Merlin introduces a theory on The Velocity of Writing Instruments; and, finally, a quick celebrity cameo.

#514: Chicken Wipe

January 19, 2021 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

DISCUSSED: Dan continues to explore the exciting possibilities of his latest hardware acquisition.

#513: A Preferred Testicle

January 12, 2021 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

DISCUSSED: life's relentlessness continues apace; Cash enjoyed Dan's modified Godfather trilogy; celebrating Lil' Inappropriate Books; a terrific recent use of "Layla"; some Inside Baseball talk about a recommended app segment; then, for the balance of the episode, your hosts start diving into Dan's exciting new acquisition and how best to put to good use.