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.
540: Extreme Medical Sloth
Find the tool you need—but, keep asking yourself, "Soooooo…now what?"
539: Where the Ghosts Live
Things get pretty silly, yet somehow land on some extremely Back to Work points about time management, compression, values, and moving your own goalposts. For some reason, McDonald's becomes an important controlling metaphor.
538: Tossed Salad of Remembrance
DISCUSSED: Dan begins a journey into new worlds of voice control and home automation.
537: Insane Corner of My Own Design
DISCUSSED: Some ups and downs of living the smart speaker lifestyle.
Also: the dramatis personae of The Land of Make Believe; feeding the demon dogs; and learning to be careful with the words we put in front of other words.
536: Fonzie Slap
DISCUSSED: Merlin and his wife realize the moment they crossed a line; in Follow-Up, your hosts celebrate the late great Fred Willard; in further Follow-Up, the state of the union in smart voice devices is considered; and, finally, the long arc of calendar talk starts to wind down with some hard talk on disambiguation and actually really getting real.
535: Long-Term Play Value
DISCUSSED: Dan finally gets more three-six-five, and Merlin gets extremely deep in the stack. Also, just a little more calendar talk, including a model for deciding where something goes.
Still great after all this time.
The degree of difficulty of having a podcast for 10 years and keeping it relevant and interesting is high. I think Dan and Merlin have been able to do this by basically just being themselves. I’ve listened since episode 1 during an interesting work transition in my life and never looked back.
We get it. Merlin is eccentric.
Dan and Merlin gonna get PAID
The last year or two are driven by how many ad spots they’ve sold. The rest of the show is just random Merlin babble to fill the time they need to space out the ad reads.