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.

Back to Work 5by5

    • Technology
    • 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.

    485: Travis County, P.I.

    485: Travis County, P.I.

    DISCUSSED: Merlin has flies in his bathroom; Dan's town is really going through some times; there's some COVID talk, duh; Merlin solved a very strange iOS beta bug; main topic involves some thoughts on the Apple betas and the tantalizing future that they imply; Dan has a new keyboard and an accompanying conspiracy theory; leathers men are discussed; and, finally, Merlin needs to use the bathroom—provided the flies will allow it.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    484: Default Settings for America

    484: Default Settings for America

    DISCUSSED: the things we can and cannot do anything about; the things that can and cannot change; and the wisdom to know all of the differences.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    483: You Are Free to Leave

    483: You Are Free to Leave

    DISCUSSED: Dan and Merlin take a first look at Apple's recently-announced iOS and iPadOS updates.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    482: Two Pills Only

    482: Two Pills Only

    DISCUSSED: Merlin is nauseated, and Dan has advice on what you definitely should or should not buy at a gas station; Merlin says he'll be brief, but, as usual, it turns into a real stem-winder as…; Merlin addresses the complexity of treating mental illness in a way that doesn't upend your body and life; Dan needs some TV show recommendations, but has very strong feelings about talking animals; Merlin wonders aloud if he's ever met @Darth; case close.

    • 58 min
    481: Feelings of Mouth

    481: Feelings of Mouth

    DISCUSSED: Dan and Merlin talk about hot dogs.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    480: A Gracious Dyad

    480: A Gracious Dyad

    DISCUSSED: not everything can be everything; pain accumulates; getting weepy about a cool teacher; expanding on our new thought technology for reframing negative thoughts and feelings; abstracting that new thought technology to tons of different endeavors; why won't they just let me win this video game?; the scissors and Scotch Tape are wherever you left them; the joys of ritual and control; the importance of infrastructure; break the big thing into a bunch of little things; Merlin performs a brief recitation of Back to Work's Greatest Hits; please cut up my food for me please; theme dining nights rule; praise for Daniel Kahneman; it used to be so confusing when TV shows had inside film and outside film.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Fishnpharm ,

The most influential podcast I have heard

Back to Work is possibly the greatest podcast available. Dan and Merlin have great chemistry and both offer equal, yet different insights. Whether it is a different way to do things or breakdown of new technology, these two will keep you up to date. There advice is helpful and just may brighten your day. Thanks for All The Great Shows

Daddy-ough ,

Now I get it

When I’m annoying I’m like this podcast, thanks, awareness is important.

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I love this show!

I’ve been listening to Back to Work since the very early days, and it is my favorite show! Even when the topic isn’t something that may interest me, the humor and the fantastic chemistry between Dan and Merlin always make it enjoyable. I just love it!

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