300 episodes

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.

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    • 4.7, 2K Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2K Ratings
2K Ratings
Chi Sox Keith ,

Great Podcast

Great podcast from Dan and Merlin. Good check in on two online friends.

axel_nelson ,

I'm sure I'm missing something.

I don't just randomly subscribe to stuff, since there's so much out there. Who has time to vet it all? But I do forget how I subscribed to this.... podcast... and couldn't, by the time the episode came to a close, figure out what the show was about! I mean this not in the way one might react to something avant garde or some thrilling juxtaposition that activates your creative jisms -- but more like the dullest of segments that begin 88% of all 2-guy chat podcasts where they get caught up on what's going on in their lives since the last episode, where they appear to think they're very funny or that they are expected to be so, as the typical fella who underestimates the job of a comedian and figures he can just wing it. It's the Morning Zoo, except without the cartoon sounds and without the headlines and without the humor or the topical, astute, dialectic. Tbh, I'm at a loss to recall much that was discussed... But maybe it was just me. Perhaps it sounded so much like that typical, Eye-rollingly dull segment of a show start just before they segue into the meat of the episode: "so today we're going to explore the...." except that instead of finally jumping into the topic at hand.... the show ended.

I'd like to give them credit for somehow getting into my feed, and I'll give another episode some better attention. Because all I recall was one guy debating whether it was boring to describe dreams to others and yeah, it usually is, but not nearly so much as it is to listen to said debate. The other said something about learning about ctrl-shift-5, and said something cool happens, but couldn't be sure. The other wasn't sure if it only worked on Mohave.... This might be a clue. Is the show about tech? Is it about guessing what key combinations might do? Are we imagining that they're not allowed to Google for answers, perhaps? Nor prep topics for the show or research? Or do they figure the listeners will fill in those gaps and that the podcast might serve as inspirational, to pique the curiosity of their listeners? I couldn't be less curious, but I'll go ahead and play another, just in case I happened upon a non/representative, sad lump of a show. Perhaps they weren't aware that the mics were on? They do seem like perfectly nice fellas, and I'll come back to revise this if there's any there there. Good lord.

j_O2_max ,

What is this show about?

What is this show about? These guys have no direction and ramble for far too long. They complain about commonplace everyday problems and rarely offer anything helpful.

Also, Merlin needs to stop interrupting the other guy because the other guy brings at least some focus to the discussion.

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