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.

#239: Starving African Child

September 22, 2015 at 8:15PM • 1 hour 49 minutes

TOPIC: Block! Block! Body blow! Uppercut!

This week, Dan and Merlin talk less about ad-blocking and more about what kind-of feels like (but might not actually be) a point of change for web advertising, podcasting, and media as a whole, which could affect, like, everything, man.

#238: A 100-Year Problem

September 15, 2015 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 55 minutes

TOPIC: Knowing what you'll need to know.

This week, Dan and Merlin answer a listener question about how the "slow your roll" thought technology can apply to learning new skills.

#237: Slow Your Roll

September 8, 2015 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

TOPIC: Stop that train!

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about some ideas for noticing and then battling the surfeits of negative thought that sometimes threaten to overrun us.

Also: talk of a cool new computer mouse, evolution in the comic book industry, and what constitutes "real camping."

#236: Finished for Now

September 1, 2015 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

TOPIC: Practice, practice, practice.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the perilous wonders of practice of all kinds.

#235: This is a Thing

August 25, 2015 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

TOPIC: Losing hit points.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the stuff you have to do to stay healthy and well—and the rocky path to realizing when you have to actually "make it a thing."

There's also some follow-up on OTA antennas, car keys, and how little most of us really understand about the media industries.

#234: Two Inches Behind the Board

August 18, 2015 at 5:45PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

TOPIC: Compensatory muscles

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about how much emotions can become like physical injuries—and what happens when we try to overcompensate for either.

#233: Emotional Density

August 11, 2015 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

TOPIC: Can I ask you a question?

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the complexities of communicating effectively via email. They also begin to sketch out a unified field theory for escalating communication media based on informational and emotional destiny.

Also, more thoughts on The Smiths, plus some recommendations on books and comics for kids.

#232: You Got This.

August 4, 2015 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 53 minutes

TOPIC: Don't just be the meatbag in the room.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about "the fill-in guy," TV shows they're loving, listener feedback, improving presentations, The Smiths, the evolution of podcasts, contact management woes, and remembering what you're capable of.

#231: Hot Rod Hospital Ship

July 28, 2015 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 58 minutes

With Merlin on sabbatical (returning next week), Dan is once again joined by John Roderick. They discuss the significance of dreams, sleep paralysis, unexplained phenomenon, alien abductions, a relationship with magic, the importance of history, night terrors, and leaving a legacy.

#230: My Emotional Reservoir

July 21, 2015 at 3:15PM • 2 hours 8 minutes

With Merlin on sabbatical, Dan is joined by John Roderick to talk about being a candidate, taking care of yourself, managing introversion, trying on ideas without fear, the Thirty Years War, and the struggle of being a generalist.