By Casey Miner
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A podcast about work we don't think about and the people who do it. Hosted by Casey Miner, project of KALW public radio in San Francisco. Tips? firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Explicit14 — Story Sherpa||For our Season 2 finale, we're pulling back the curtain to reveal the specialist behind the podcast and radio show Snap Judgment, and a little about what goes into making our show. Plus: a very special announcement from our team! Make sure you lis...||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSPECIALETTE — Fired||Glynn Washington, host and creator of WNYC's Snap Judgment, on a job that was doomed from the start.||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecialette — Culture Ambassador||Listener Samantha Goldstein on being an observant Jew whose job is to preserve and uphold the values of an evangelical Christian battery company. Photo by Flickr user zeevveez.||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS EPISODE — Poll Locators||On the eve of the 2016 election, forget candidates, issues, and vitriol! Instead, spend the day with two women who work for months finding the perfect location for you to vote. Then go vote!||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 — Blood Girls||Meet the specialists who craft fake injuries for real first-responder training in a world where the blood you see isn't really blood... but the coffee isn't coffee, either.||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecialette — Cheetahs, Fleas, and Bird's-Eye Berets||You probably know Mary Roach as the author of such Specialist-filled science books as Gulp, Stiff, and Packing for Mars. But like all of us, she had another life before her current one, and it involved fielding accusatory queries about unwell cheetahs..||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 — Notary Superman||A lot of the people who've met Sunny Jaswal have only spent five minutes with him — but they might have been among the most important five minutes of their lives. Who is this man who swoops in when you most need him, then departs just as quickly?||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecialette — Digital Missioner||Listener Kyle Oliver on coaching monks who use YouTube.||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Feature: The Committee No One Wants to Be On||The Specialist is on summer vacation! We'll be back soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this special feature from friend of the show Raja Shah about the people who eagerly take on work almost no one wants to do. Photo used under a Creative Commons...||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpecialette — Undercover in the Bread Factory||You may know Al Letson as host of the podcasts Reveal, State of the Re:Union, and Errthang. This is the story of the time he went undercover.||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 — Cane Trainer||Traffic surges, tactile clues, and the smell of crispy bacon: meet a specialist who helps blind and low-vision people learn to get around independently.||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecialette — Bone Lady||Listener Amy Strauss describes her time overseeing a colony of flesh-eating beetles.||7/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 — Snake Lady & Wildlife One||Bird bombs, decoy coyotes, and wailers: the tricky job of keeping birds away from planes.||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09 — Singing Telegram||The art of the singing telegram is alive and well in the Fife family business.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08 — Sidewalk Canvasser||"This job is as much about self-preservation as anything else... feeling good about yourself as a human being despite a lot of rejection."||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit07 — Mock Attacker||A man who's paid to behave badly towards women — and what happens when he does his job well.||3/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecialette — Trail Guides, Snap Judgment, & Season 2 Sneak Peek!||Snap Judgment's Anna Sussman tells the surprising story of a search & rescue tracker; tales from the trail in Chile, & a special sneak peek at The Specialist Season 2.||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 — Zoo Chef||Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 — Lice Ladies||Comb, wipe.||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 — Home Stager||Home stager Cora Sue Anthony on how to turn the place you live into a product you're selling, the difference between house and home, and why you never want to run into the back of a sofa.||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 — Match Maker||In which Casey accidentally meets one of the last traditional Irish matchmakers.||9/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 — Noise Police||How loud is too loud for a person to live with? Sounds like a job for the noise police.||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 — Ice Guy||Good ice, bad ice, and the person whose job it is to know the difference.||7/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
A great escape
I love getting to hear about work I'll probably never do -- and haven't even heard of. Nice to hear about regular folks! Can't wait to hear more. So well produced and fantastic soundtrack!
Love this concept. The show has great sound and is really well mixed. The narrator has a very appealing voice and gives a nice blend of facts and humor. Curious what specialist we will hear about next!
The platonic ideal of a podcast
Well-produced and gripping, this efficient little podcast delves into topics you won’t hear about anywhere else.