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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, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

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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, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

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Great Podcast

By Chi Sox Keith - Apr 10 2019
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Great podcast from Dan and Merlin. Good check in on two online friends.

Great show but what the....

By andyselby - Mar 12 2018
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What the ever loving hell with the 8000 year ridiculous outro music???

iTunes Ratings

1976 Ratings
Average Ratings
1716
105
44
53
58

Great Podcast

By Chi Sox Keith - Apr 10 2019
Read more
Great podcast from Dan and Merlin. Good check in on two online friends.

Great show but what the....

By andyselby - Mar 12 2018
Read more
What the ever loving hell with the 8000 year ridiculous outro music???
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Back to Work

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Rank #28 in Technology category

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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, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

Rank #1: 437: The Credit Section

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Dan and Merlin explore the complexities of personal style. Not personal style as in fashion, but as in preferences, identity, and modes of interaction. How do we let others know how we are?

How do we derive a sense of what works best for us, and why is it such a shameful struggle to effectively communicate that to others? What do AirPods, Snapchat, and Bloomberg Terminals potentially have in common?

And, would it be cool if I just listen to this podcast instead of talking about my blouse and the weather?

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Aug 06 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #2: 436: Better Than a Lipstick

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DISCUSSED: the admirable candor of B.B. King; the simple joys of the Ordinary Night; movies that are or are not dated and how that affects your enjoyment; how sci-fi seemed to mostly miss the internet; our embarrassment of media options; tech in media and what it means for plot stuff; technology adoption curves are definitely speeding up; doing everything you can not to use your phone as a phone; more generational stuff; how time and context changes our perception; should they take all the smoking out of movies and tv?; remember: you're not making errors—you're adding information; and, finally, Dan has an exciting announcement and a wet notebook.

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Jul 30 2019
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #3: 242: Not My Bird

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TOPIC: Procrastination is a life sentence.

This week, after some high-level discussion on the topics of Marvel and media reduxes, Dan and Merlin (maaaaybe) wrap up their initial and very positive impressions of iOS 9 on modern Apple devices.

More fawning talk of Siri, plus tips on easily adding items to Reminders and Notes.

Dan also lays out his freeing new philosophy and implementations for doing sane email on an iPad.

Then, Merlin goes off a little on why constantly feeling bad about yourself is a terrible idea.

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Oct 14 2015
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #4: 245: The Least Broken

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TOPIC: First impressions of the new Apple TV

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the triumphs and travails of their first few days with the fourth generation Apple TV.

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  • New Apple TV: Tips, Tricks, Siri Remote Shortcuts and Useful Settings - Mac Rumors
    To complement our coverage of the new Apple TV, which includes a trio of hands-on videos, an Apple TV apps roundup, several tidbits, and a reviews roundup, we have created the following list of tips, tricks, and shortcuts for the new streaming device, some of which are outlined in the Apple TV user guide. The tips are centered upon useful Siri Remote shortcuts and Apple TV settings.

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Nov 03 2015
1 hour 57 mins
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Rank #5: 241: We Went to Princeton

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TOPIC: iOS Amazement

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about Dan's new iPad Air 2 and continue their discussion of how much iOS 9 on modern devices is already changing how we do our work.

Also, some nerdy updates on how Merlin uses synced text files via Drafts, Editorial, and nvALT.

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Oct 06 2015
1 hour 38 mins
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Rank #6: 140: Silicon Circus

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TOPIC: Special Guest, Matt Alexander

This week, Merlin is joined by Bionic co-host, Matt Alexander. They discuss ““technology ecosystems,”” life as a self-described trans-atlantic, tech scenes that thrive and don't, dating someone from Florida (and her Mum), and getting back into Marvel comics.

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Oct 08 2013
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #7: 404: Very Advanced Camping

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Discussed: Merlin worries that Dan is getting ground down; web sites are getting very thirsty; Dan thinks it's like pads in football; Dan has updates and more thoughts about doing development work on an iPad; Merlin thinks we should talk more about which devices we choose for doing which things; the boys also have some recommendations.

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Dec 11 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #8: 185: David Foster Wallace Morning

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TOPIC: The Durable Impossibility of Email.

This week, Dan and Merlin return to an evergreen topic: the impossibility of email.

Chaotic, paradoxical, debilitating, frustrating, buoyant, and occasionally capable of causing short-term madness, email is still the medium that we'll never get right.

But, quixotically, it never stops us from trying.

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This episode was sponsored by our friends at lynda.com (Start learning something new by visiting lynda.com/backtowork and get a free 7-day trial where you can access all of their 2,400+ courses), and Varonis DatAnywhere (Try turning your own network shares into a private cloud free for 30 days with an unlimited amount of users and if you visit varonis.com/backtowork you get 5 users free forever).

Sep 02 2014
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #9: 373: Red Cheekums

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Discussed: Dan's gummi vitamins, vitamins in general, the childhood shame of those weird plaque pills, exotic sickness images, Fifth Disease comes to Austin, Dan's car troubles, Faraday Cages and how to build them, a potential t-shirt for you.

Dan was cleaning out his garage, and Merlin has a lot to say about the philosophy and practical components of getting rid of junk at scale. Also, Dan really kills it on eBay.

Merlin is very excited about Fantastic Four coming back and has some potential warnings about the new Wes Anderson film. Spoilers: there's nothing weak about knowing what freaks you out.

Also, the boys discuss why Merlin changed his mic setup. Which is fascinating.

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Apr 24 2018
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #10: 175: Andy is the Stuff of Nightmares

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TOPIC: "Creativity" where you din't expect it.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about PIXAR, creativity, and FoldingText before finally succumbing to the treachery of Skype.

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Jun 10 2014
50 mins
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Rank #11: 188: The Smell of Snake Anxiety

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TOPIC: Media, Rarely Well Done

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the modern consumer media landscape and how we seem to be changing almost as fast as the technology. Almost.

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Sep 23 2014
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #12: 256: Every Minute Weighs the Same

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TOPIC: Coder, Kayaker, Father, Person.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about Dan's attempt to vastly rejigger his schedule in the interest of mental and physical health.

This leads to a long discussion of work, identity, expectations, and choosing which of the voices in your head to listen to and when.

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Jan 26 2016
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #13: 408: The Pwn Key

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DISCUSSED: Optimistic Tuesdays; office cleanup; a grave bleach mishap; follow-up on Wirecutter; a listener suggestion on, of all things, acupressure; Dan loves his cool new keyboard, but has a big caveat; Merlin is working with magnets; on "Hardware Disease"; request for Riordan-style book recommendations; exciting follow-up on the Burger Decay Project; plus, some closing thoughts on Apple's recent results dustup and what it might suggest about near-future tech trends.

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Jan 08 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #14: 333: Your Whiteboards Will Not Survive Reality

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TOPIC: Help! My bosses are doing a really dumb thing!

This week, Dan and Merlin help a listener and his youngster get started with Spider-Man. Also, hey, support your Local Comic Shop!

Listener Molly asks how to help prevent a terrible, damaging change from happening inside her company.

Dan talks about War for the Planet of the Apes, and Merlin knows when to exit on a good bit.

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Jul 18 2017
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #15: 249: A John Nash Moment

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TOPIC: Personal Crazy Walls

This week, Dan and Merlin start by covering a lot of things that you might actually be thinking of.

The meat of the episode focuses on a listener question about deciding what things go where—leading to a pretty nerdy exegesis of Notes vs. text files, reminders vs. task managers, and where stuff goes vs. where it probably should go.

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Dec 01 2015
1 hour 49 mins
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Rank #16: 250: Step One: Don't Dress Like the Hamburglar

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TOPIC: Sunrise, Sunset.

This week, Dan and Merlin celebrate their 250th episode with an extensive discussion of McDonaldland and its horrific culture and citizenry.

The main topic addresses the ““sunsetting”” of the Mailbox iOS app—and what it highlights about deciding where to put our stuff, what apps we choose to use, and what contingency plans it's probably wise to have in place.

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Dec 08 2015
1 hour 57 mins
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Rank #17: 247: On a Farm with a Monkey

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TOPIC: A Mark on a Page

This week, Dan and Merlin kick off by talking about Dan's recent interview with "Weird Al" and how he's such an interesting harbinger of changing times for media and platforms.

Next, Merlin responds to a listener's question about how he uses a notebook, which leads to an extended dissertation on how to ruin your notebook in the best way possible. Nothing doesn't go in here.

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Nov 17 2015
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #18: 193: Disappointment Delivery Mechanism

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TOPIC: You Are That Little Dot.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about notifications, beeps, bloops, flashes, and all the stuff we have zero control over. There's about a million ways people can contact us and just as many ways we can unintentionally disappoint every one of them.

There's sanity in realizing which stuff you actually control, which stuff you have to let go, and how many of the expectations in-between can be reasonably managed.

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Oct 28 2014
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #19: 153: Anxiety's a Goat

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TOPIC: The thoughts we think. And think. And think.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about anxiety, compulsive thoughts, and how to at least crack an air hole in a big problem.

Way of the future.

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Jan 07 2014
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #20: 341: Rich Boy Phone

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This week, Dan and Merlin convene to talk about today's big Apple event.

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Sep 12 2017
1 hour 36 mins
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