John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.



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#98: You’re Killing Your Father

February 21st, 2019 · 95 minutes

Can't we just always have the flaps face the same way? Shouldn't we just stack the forks here in the forks area? Why is Daisy leaving caltrops in the hallway?

#97: Invisible Work

February 7th, 2019 · 96 minutes

This week's sprawling main topic is "Emotional Labor." Who ends up ordering the birthday cake as well as justifying the ways of boss to employee?

#96: Mr. Scrapie

January 23rd, 2019 · 96 minutes

John confronts Merlin on his disloyalty, and this leads to John interrogating Merlin's newfound fondness for NBA basketball. Yes: sports are discussed.

#95: Shadow Childhood

January 10th, 2019 · 88 minutes

More Project Talk. Merlin introduces the idea of "The Message Gift," and John wonders if Merlin's new desk has memory. Amazon should let you say when a box is from Santa. So much cardboard. Now, the IKEA child's kitchen is in danger of being disappeared.

#94: Hiding the Machete

December 26th, 2018 · 108 minutes

This week's main topic is the long-running ABC reality show, "Survivor." Perhaps you've heard of it.

#93: Forty Gronks

December 13th, 2018 · 108 minutes

John interrogates Merlin about his heartbeat, and Merlin reveals he’s conducting a personal longitudinal study.

#92: Zoom in on the Fish Head

November 29th, 2018 · 96 minutes

John helps Merlin understand which places are and are not on Long Island.

#91: Truck Stop Floor Mat

November 14th, 2018 · 93 minutes

This week’s main topic concerns the Gimlet podcast, "Heavyweight," and how we think about redoing (or undoing) the past.

#90: Cargo-Cult Thoreau

November 1st, 2018 · 98 minutes

Merlin finally asks John to explain his fondness for apocalyptic literature and media.

#89: Popcorn Problems

October 18th, 2018 · 85 minutes

In this week’s main topic, John recounts his recent experience seeing "Hamilton" live on stage.