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.



#562: No More Attempts on My Father’s GitHub

January 11, 2022 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

DISCUSSED: Memories of Super Dave; KEYnote by LockPickingLawyer; Dan gets conspiracy theory-curious; the tapestry of entertainment by cults; Dan helps Merlin understand Git; and Merlin gets a new hub.


#561: Flip the Telescope Around

January 5, 2022 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 39 minutes

Taskapalooza begins.

Rock me, Joseph Alberto Santiago.


#560: The Cat of Amontillado

December 28, 2021 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

Wrapping up the year with thoughts on unearned Covid optimism, defining "normal," Roomba training, Microsoft Visual Studio, plus a new (and decidedly more positive) reframing for New Year's resolutions.


#559: Grade on the Curve of Time

December 22, 2021 at 7:00AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

Talking Spider-Man and phones for kids.


#558: Pseudism

December 14, 2021 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

Merlin's Best of 2021™ kicks off with the return of "Cool Things I Learned This Week."


#557: Food Court of Pain

December 7, 2021 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

A classic odds and sods episode covering: Rush lyrics; personal pronoun tips; Fitness+ meditation; more melees with various voice assistant ecosystems; a big shout-out to the iconic Listener Rachel A.; and Merlin's newfound love of Keyboard Maestro.


#556: The Only Way Out Is Claws

December 3, 2021 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

The Boys are back, and they're not sure how big this thing gets.


#555: The Accretion of Non-Essential Things

November 16, 2021 at 5:15PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

DISCUSSED: Dad stuff; flying too close to the smart home sun; appreciating the magic of Wes Anderson; the virtues of UPS battery backup; and, finally, Merlin starts tentatively sketching a unified field theory for rethinking how we think about and use space.


#554: Not the Water's Problem

November 9, 2021 at 1:45PM • 50 minutes

DISCUSSED: please stop changing the clocks; our kids are not us; the people of England have spoiled or corrupted several very good words; The Ellis Island Bit; surnames mean things; getting pelted with rocks and garbage; a Michael Penn playlist for 1 to 3.5 of you jackals; some Mad Max talk; it's always two things with Kevin Kelly; and, finally, some Marvel talk.


#553: Bioavailable Chambers of Flexibility

November 2, 2021 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

This is what happens when Merlin stays up til 2 a.m. watching a movie and then has to record a podcast at 9 a.m.

Because, your day is a continuum.