By Dan Lauer
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Wetwork is a bi-weekly podcast about vocations. Most people think they know the ins and outs of even the most common jobs, perhaps via word-of-mouth, perhaps because there's a popular procedural television show highlighting them. More often than not, their assumptions are off-base. On Wetwork we expose the deep, sometimes dark secrets of vocations and get to the bottom of what it takes to succeed and the little-known tips, tricks and foibles of the trade. The term Wetwork originated as a euphemism for institutionally sanctioned assassinations, wet being considered an allusion to spilled blood. Wet work, in addition to wet job, wet affair, or wet operation, are all derivations of the euphemism often used internally by the Soviet Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti for such activities: мокрые сделка or "wet dealings". We, at the podcast, don't believe work has to involve murder to get messy. Things are often not as they seem in even the most outwardly mundane occupations. Often you are forced to spend as much time with coworkers, supervisors and subordinates as you do with friends and loved ones. Love your job? Hate it? It doesn't matter. Occasionally it's all Wetwork.
||Explicit#7 - The Detective||Today, you can barely throw a proverbial stone without hitting a media portrayal of a law enforcement officer. Whether it’s a fictional portrayal on Law and Order or real people in Making a Murderer, detectives are everywhere. They are a cornerstone..||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 - The Poet & The Tester||For the first time on Wetwork we’re featuring the same subject for two episodes. Why? Because the subject is one of numerous people who do not subsist on a single profession. According to the most recently available data from the U.S. Bureau...||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 - The Tester & The Poet||Ryan White was an Indiana boy who became the face of the AIDS crisis after contracting it and being expelled from school. Stephen Mills was seven at the time and also a boy in Indiana. For him, the HIV/AIDS crisis was not exemplified by gay men, but...||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 - The Funeral Director||For most of us, being face-to-face with a Funeral Director means one of two very, very unfortunate things. Either someone you love has died…or you have. Either way a Funeral Director’s services are enlisted at a time when you’d probably do...||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 - The Juror||Today's episode deals with a job that no one signs up for, but nearly every American is on the hook for. We're breaking convention in only our third episode by releasing an at least partly autobiographical story about yours truly. Yes, I, your...||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 - The Colonel||George Carlin had a very famous bit in his act where he explored what he thought to be the absurdity of some commonly used oxymorons. Favorites included: jumbo shrimp, business ethics, friendly fire, wireless cable and mutual differences. The...||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 - The Screenwriter||In the film business there is a laundry list of undervalued positions in many tiers. But of the creative talent lot there is a position that sits on a tier all it’s own: the screenwriter. In the golden age of film, screenwriting was the profession...||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Professional and fascinating
Great podcast! The host has a fantastic voice, it is professionally produced, and the guests and thoughtful and interesting. "The Funeral Director" is an especially fascinating and informative episode.