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



Support this show

Join for $5/month Join for $50/year
Get an ad-free version of the show, plus a monthly extended episode.

Latest Episodes

#134: Romeo Delta

July 8th, 2020 · 82 minutes

Things kick off with an announcement on a new way you can help support the program—as well as get some challenging new content. Please give Siracusa your money.

In follow-up, John has a very important haircut update. His barber was reluctant, and the experience was a little fraught. Do our ears and head rea…

#133: Shave Daddy

June 24th, 2020 · 81 minutes

Someone has tampered with Merlin's bell, and John is looking forward to his "vacation." This leads to an exploration of seemingly hippie-dippie workplace policies and how they actually get applied in practice. Especially for everyone who's not the boss.

In follow-up, John has an update on a recent addition to his home. Boy, they really wanna pu…

#132: Bigger in Three Dimensions Than I’ve Ever Been

June 10th, 2020 · 86 minutes

In America, you are not allowed to hit back.

Black Lives Matter.

(Recorded on Tuesday, June 2, 2020)

#131: The Past is a Grotesque Animal

May 28th, 2020 · 119 minutes

Things kick off with a review of recent household paper cuts. Breaking the AirPods Rule, not using the hand rail, and barely surviving the chute into the kill zone.

John hears the case of Merlin's exploding plumbing in order to adjudicate whether it constitutes an actual emergency. Service people are all about lead generation, but, John appr…

#130: Good Quorn

May 13th, 2020 · 92 minutes

Quarantine updates, Banana Results, follow-up on John's sleep heat needs, and home improvement is also sheltered-in-place for now.

In a main topic, John asks Merlin to talk about why he loves improv comedy so much. What part of your brain do you want scratched?

#129: Chocolate and Toy Story

April 29th, 2020 · 95 minutes

Things kick off with Merlin bemoaning John's emerging role as his primary existential creditor. John reminds Merlin that all that grinding is just continually sharpening him.

In follow-up, your hosts thank the many, many listeners who remembered the movie that John and Merlin clearly could not. Turns out, it was not "Batman." Or "The Notebo…

#128: Ciao, Francesco Rinaldi!

April 17th, 2020 · 64 minutes

Things kick off with John describing an unknown movie in bullets and Merlin thinking it sounds a little like Batman. Of course, this just ends up leading to John chiding Merlin for not utilizing his quarantine time to finish his long-overdue homework.

The guys end up talking about the confusingly-titled resurrection of Merlin's old podcast. Joh…

#127: Advice Nurse

April 2nd, 2020 · 102 minutes

On top of all the sheltering-in-place, John is nursing a new injury, and Merlin doesn't love hearing it described at all. This leads to some medical technology discussion plus an on-air debriding agent demo.

In a main topic, your hosts try to share some ideas on sustainably working remotely from home. History and experience can be pretty good t…

#126: Social Distancing

March 20th, 2020 · 114 minutes

Things kick off with some soap talk, and then there's a deep dive into the current state of…things. Stay home, friends.

There's some follow-up on Billy Joel Results.

In the main topic, your hosts discuss what makes for a good car movie. John thinks it's different for car people, and Merlin saw a Tesla. Sometimes, it can be difficult to enjoy…

#125: You Can't Hang a Graduation on the Wall

March 5th, 2020 · 102 minutes

This week kicks off with some virus talk. Merlin is worried that we've lost the recipe for ice, and John is feeling very cynical. Don't worry about the giant barrel full of explosives; the water will cushion that. John remembers chicken pox parties, but Merlin is confused about exactly how a quarantine works.

In follow-up, your hosts wrap up th…