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Back to Work
Back to Work
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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools,... more

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Episodes

Episode 576: People Who Don’t Want to Talk to a Lamp

It's a very special "Oops! All Automation Check-ins" episode. But, of course—as always—there's also a philosophical component.Links:Black Bear Head Mask... more

17 May 2022 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
Episode 575: You're Being Scared Wrong

DISCUSSED: Dan's new tenants flip him the bird, and Merlin has strong feelings about email. Runner-up titles: Glass Surfing I Don't Believe in... more

10 May 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Episode 574: Tired and Fourteen

Your hosts are finally back in action with vital updates on #productivity and #creativity. Also, ginger ale and egg substitutes.Links:'Severance'... more

03 May 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Episode 573: Shovels, Not Teaspoons

DISCUSSED: Updates on new Plex functionality; praise for Severance; plus some updates on Merlin's new setup—and pursuing the life that... more

13 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Episode 572: My Open Source Thomas Edison Film

DISCUSSED: Big news from Plex; Merlin has an expansive new computer project; and Dan continues to make his way at... more

05 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Episode 571: Open Faced Sandwich of Reality

DISCUSSED: Dan is doing new things that require a new approach to his calendar. Merlin proposes some appropriate Calendar Kyber... more

29 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Episode 570: Toilet Experiments

DISCUSSED: Dan is back from reporting on the show floor; recommendations for some Back to Work-adjacent podcast episodes; incidental thoughts... more

21 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Episode 569: An Incurious Outsider

DISCUSSED: Dan and Merlin talk about Apple's latest event and consider what the future looks like from Cupertino.Links:Mac keyboard shortcuts... more

08 Mar 2022 · 52 minutes
Episode 568: Assistant to the Regional Danager

Links:uBlacklist for Safari on the App Store — "Blocks sites you specify from appearing in search engine results"uBlacklist for Safari |... more

04 Mar 2022 · 58 minutes
Episode 567: Sit on Me

DISCUSSED: the Russians are coming; Dan has thoughts on Marvel TV shows, and Merlin has thoughts on Hawkeye specifically; Merlin... more

22 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
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Episode 576: People Who Don’t Want to Talk to a Lamp
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