Back to Work
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 367
  • Last: 13 Mar 2018
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 & Dan Benjamin.

Episodes (367)

  • 367: A Favorite Child
    367: A Favorite Child
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    Published: 13 Mar 2018 Duration: 01:19:35
    This week, your hosts talk about some stuff they're doing, loving Spotify, some Echo podcast-listening tips, the attraction of Google Drive, some thoughts on backup strategies, getting swole, the joys of rock tumbler ownership, scary times ... Read more →
    This week, your hosts talk about some stuff they're doing, loving Spotify, some Echo podcast-listening tips, the attraction of Google Drive, some thoughts on backup strategies, getting swole, the joys of rock tumbler ownership, scary times ... Read more →

  • 366: Five Sides of the Street
    366: Five Sides of the Street
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    Published: 6 Mar 2018 Duration: 01:23:35
    This week, your hosts talk about using Windows, technology modalities, making sane decisions as a developer, reality TV, 20th anniversary of The Dude, Merlin's new fondness for Spotify, analyzing takes on the HomePod, options for high-quali... Read more →
    This week, your hosts talk about using Windows, technology modalities, making sane decisions as a developer, reality TV, 20th anniversary of The Dude, Merlin's new fondness for Spotify, analyzing takes on the HomePod, options for high-quali... Read more →

  • 365: Volume Eight
    365: Volume Eight
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    Published: 27 Feb 2018 Duration: 01:23:30
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about weather as a thing and giving up on Cash's dumb iPad problem. This leads to discussion about the risks, opportunities, and frustrations of having lots of data in different places (probably). The main top... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about weather as a thing and giving up on Cash's dumb iPad problem. This leads to discussion about the risks, opportunities, and frustrations of having lots of data in different places (probably). The main top... Read more →

  • 364: The New Fudge
    364: The New Fudge
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    Published: 20 Feb 2018 Duration: 01:24:20
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk a little too much about Harry Potter, but also manage to cover some other media properties as well as the shockingly limited options for British casting. Dan has a new task management app, and Merlin decides t... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk a little too much about Harry Potter, but also manage to cover some other media properties as well as the shockingly limited options for British casting. Dan has a new task management app, and Merlin decides t... Read more →

  • 363: She's My Horcrux
    363: She's My Horcrux
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    Published: 13 Feb 2018 Duration: 01:20:03
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about lots of recent experiences with the weird and often-frustrating world of streaming TV. What a mess. There's also some discussion of sauna suits, The Eagles, Mummers, and Dan's victorious t-shirt. Also, D... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about lots of recent experiences with the weird and often-frustrating world of streaming TV. What a mess. There's also some discussion of sauna suits, The Eagles, Mummers, and Dan's victorious t-shirt. Also, D... Read more →

  • 362: A Yuck and a Yum
    362: A Yuck and a Yum
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    Published: 6 Feb 2018 Duration: 01:09:44
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the Eagles' big win, what constitutes a catch, Dan's cool new shirt, Merlin's surprisingly positive interactions with Kabletown, the seeming magic of Movies Anywhere, some recent TV recommendations, and ... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the Eagles' big win, what constitutes a catch, Dan's cool new shirt, Merlin's surprisingly positive interactions with Kabletown, the seeming magic of Movies Anywhere, some recent TV recommendations, and ... Read more →

  • 361: Caveman Arithmetic
    361: Caveman Arithmetic
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    Published: 30 Jan 2018 Duration: 01:23:58
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about crazy kids' homework, Dan's exciting nerd field trips in the Bay Area, the magic of PIXAR, a handy Netflix companion site, and using Siri on Apple TV. Things get a little heated during a discussion about... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about crazy kids' homework, Dan's exciting nerd field trips in the Bay Area, the magic of PIXAR, a handy Netflix companion site, and using Siri on Apple TV. Things get a little heated during a discussion about... Read more →

  • 360: I Haven't Lost My Knife
    360: I Haven't Lost My Knife
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    Published: 24 Jan 2018 Duration: 01:16:14
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk a lot about writing and respond to feedback from listeners. Links for this episode:Bacon MethodHow long to grill a steak on a charcoal grill - The rule of threes - Grilling24x7Grilling24x7Rule of three - Wikip... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk a lot about writing and respond to feedback from listeners. Links for this episode:Bacon MethodHow long to grill a steak on a charcoal grill - The rule of threes - Grilling24x7Grilling24x7Rule of three - Wikip... Read more →

  • 359: You Can't See Inside the Dog
    359: You Can't See Inside the Dog
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    Published: 16 Jan 2018 Duration: 01:18:23
    This week, Dan has some weather, Cash makes a battery, homework can be a silly drag, management is about scalability and quantification, how to figure out how much you have to do, 80s movies can be problematic, ultracrepidarianism, making f... Read more →
    This week, Dan has some weather, Cash makes a battery, homework can be a silly drag, management is about scalability and quantification, how to figure out how much you have to do, 80s movies can be problematic, ultracrepidarianism, making f... Read more →

  • 358: Dumb Ohio Mouth
    358: Dumb Ohio Mouth
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    Published: 9 Jan 2018 Duration: 01:32:13
    This week, your hosts cover some odds and sods, share some recommendations, design some fantasy podcast apps, and introduce an exciting new feature involving the Internet Science Site. They also respond to a listener's thorny question about... Read more →
    This week, your hosts cover some odds and sods, share some recommendations, design some fantasy podcast apps, and introduce an exciting new feature involving the Internet Science Site. They also respond to a listener's thorny question about... Read more →

  • 357: Scrolling Carousel of Pain
    357: Scrolling Carousel of Pain
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    Published: 2 Jan 2018 Duration: 01:26:31
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about why they're trending, an exciting update on the Mr. Robot ATV bug, the frustrating opacity of using Apple's stuff, Dan's love for Nintendo Switch, nostalgia for NASA, Merlin's love for the Amazon Spot, t... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about why they're trending, an exciting update on the Mr. Robot ATV bug, the frustrating opacity of using Apple's stuff, Dan's love for Nintendo Switch, nostalgia for NASA, Merlin's love for the Amazon Spot, t... Read more →

  • 356: Politics or Gender or Iron Man
    356: Politics or Gender or Iron Man
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    Published: 29 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:19:51
    The boys wrap up a big year—a huge year—with an unintentionally thematic episode about feelings, expectations, nostalgia, and the black boxes of life, technological and otherwise. Links for this episode:gyrosco.pePatriot (TV Series 2015– ) ... Read more →
    The boys wrap up a big year—a huge year—with an unintentionally thematic episode about feelings, expectations, nostalgia, and the black boxes of life, technological and otherwise. Links for this episode:gyrosco.pePatriot (TV Series 2015– ) ... Read more →

  • 355: Eleven Dollars and a Bottle of Yoo-hoo
    355: Eleven Dollars and a Bottle of Yoo-hoo
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    Published: 19 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:39:52
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about keyboard preferences (and their noises), Merlin catching Dan's weird "Mr. Robot" bug on Apple TV, feedback about "inside jokes," exclusion as a weapon, more good Robert Wright interviews, a deepish dive ... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about keyboard preferences (and their noises), Merlin catching Dan's weird "Mr. Robot" bug on Apple TV, feedback about "inside jokes," exclusion as a weapon, more good Robert Wright interviews, a deepish dive ... Read more →

  • 354: One Whale
    354: One Whale
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    Published: 12 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:45:45
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about (partial) resolution to Dan's Apple TV bug, some venting about delivery problems, general complaining about customer service, a good TV podcast episode, a very good Buddhism podcast episode, some excelle... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about (partial) resolution to Dan's Apple TV bug, some venting about delivery problems, general complaining about customer service, a good TV podcast episode, a very good Buddhism podcast episode, some excelle... Read more →

  • 353: Superagency
    353: Superagency
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    Published: 5 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:40:30
    This week, Dan and Merlin discuss theories on Dan's Mr. Robot/Apple TV bug, living in an opinion bubble, an update on flu shot efficacy, Dan's recent insane mail delivery, speculation on how giant ad buys work, consternation about memory-ho... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin discuss theories on Dan's Mr. Robot/Apple TV bug, living in an opinion bubble, an update on flu shot efficacy, Dan's recent insane mail delivery, speculation on how giant ad buys work, consternation about memory-ho... Read more →

  • 352: Get Away From My Formular!
    352: Get Away From My Formular!
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    Published: 1 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:43:46
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about…so many things. Merlin had a lot of coffee. Big topics include: Flickr nostalgia (and smart photo backup tips) Dan's crazy Apple TV bug A terrific podcast episode about Buddhism and the human mind A toug... Read more →
    This week, Dan and Merlin talk about…so many things. Merlin had a lot of coffee. Big topics include: Flickr nostalgia (and smart photo backup tips) Dan's crazy Apple TV bug A terrific podcast episode about Buddhism and the human mind A toug... Read more →

  • 351: Your Chest Is a Tunnel
    351: Your Chest Is a Tunnel
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    Published: 21 Nov 2017 Duration: 01:30:12
    This week, your hosts discuss: holiday disruptions, life patterns, the joys of regularity, discovering unnecessary existential vulnerabilities, scheduling as a video game, getting your head around sous vide cooking, modern kids' arithmetic,... Read more →
    This week, your hosts discuss: holiday disruptions, life patterns, the joys of regularity, discovering unnecessary existential vulnerabilities, scheduling as a video game, getting your head around sous vide cooking, modern kids' arithmetic,... Read more →

  • 350: Stacking Stones and Inspiration
    350: Stacking Stones and Inspiration
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    Published: 14 Nov 2017 Duration: 01:42:05
    TOPIC: Integrity and Fear. This week your hosts discuss: sandwiches, solar power, some recent movies and what makes them memorable (or not), the glory of Edgar Wright, fun movie commentaries, Dan's rowing machine, big changes for Chairman B... Read more →
    TOPIC: Integrity and Fear. This week your hosts discuss: sandwiches, solar power, some recent movies and what makes them memorable (or not), the glory of Edgar Wright, fun movie commentaries, Dan's rowing machine, big changes for Chairman B... Read more →

  • 349: The Kid Who Never Won Anything
    349: The Kid Who Never Won Anything
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    Published: 7 Nov 2017 Duration: 01:44:52
    TOPIC: Trials, Trophies, and Trying Harder. This week, the boys arrive from either the past or future to talk about Dan's spoon problem, the refuse racket, the slog of incremental improvement, the perils of black and white thinking, folding... Read more →
    TOPIC: Trials, Trophies, and Trying Harder. This week, the boys arrive from either the past or future to talk about Dan's spoon problem, the refuse racket, the slog of incremental improvement, the perils of black and white thinking, folding... Read more →

  • 348: Optionitis
    348: Optionitis
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    Published: 31 Oct 2017 Duration: 01:21:35
    Dan and Merlin talk about Halloween, the Chromebook, Apple, WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), and hair removal. Links for this episode:SNL Transcripts: John Goodman: 03/16/96Mark Rober - YouTube - YouTubeGloZell! Hairiest Man in Australia ... Read more →
    Dan and Merlin talk about Halloween, the Chromebook, Apple, WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), and hair removal. Links for this episode:SNL Transcripts: John Goodman: 03/16/96Mark Rober - YouTube - YouTubeGloZell! Hairiest Man in Australia ... Read more →