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The Specialist

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? specialistpodcast@gmail.com.
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Season 3 Update

11:01 | Mar 28th, 2017

Hello from the baby cave!
14 — Story Sherpa

19:46 | Dec 29th, 2016

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 listen...Show More

08:55 | Dec 8th, 2016

Glynn Washington, host and creator of WNYC's Snap Judgment, on a job that was doomed from the start.
Specialette — Culture Ambassador

06:03 | Nov 23rd, 2016

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.
BONUS EPISODE — Poll Locators

15:08 | Nov 8th, 2016

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!
13 — Blood Girls

15:50 | Oct 28th, 2016

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.
Specialette — Cheetahs, Fleas, and Bird's-Eye Berets

06:39 | Oct 14th, 2016

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 cheetah...Show More
12 — Notary Superman

17:18 | Sep 29th, 2016

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?
Specialette — Digital Missioner

06:34 | Sep 19th, 2016

Listener Kyle Oliver on coaching monks who use YouTube. "The joke is that you should never read the comments. You should read the comments on the videos that these monks put together." Read away on our website, specialistpodcast.com.
Special Feature: The Committee No One Wants to Be On

10:04 | Aug 31st, 2016

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 li...Show More
Specialette — Undercover in the Bread Factory

09:23 | Aug 18th, 2016

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.
11 — Cane Trainer

18:31 | Jul 29th, 2016

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.
Specialette — Bone Lady

02:27 | Jul 14th, 2016

Listener Amy Strauss describes her time overseeing a colony of flesh-eating beetles.
10 — Snake Lady & Wildlife One

14:17 | Jun 28th, 2016

Bird bombs, decoy coyotes, and wailers: the tricky job of keeping birds away from planes.
09 — Singing Telegram

16:25 | Jun 1st, 2016

Listener Heather Fife got in touch to suggest a Specialist about her parents, who've performed singing telegrams for 34 years — and who had Heather and her four siblings perform them too.
08 — Sidewalk Canvasser

15:13 | Apr 29th, 2016

"This job is as much about self-preservation as anything else... feeling good about yourself as a human being despite a lot of rejection."
07 — Mock Attacker

16:11 | Mar 24th, 2016

A man who's paid to behave badly towards women — and what happens when he does his job well.
Specialette — Trail Guides, Snap Judgment, & Season 2 Sneak Peek!

18:28 | Feb 18th, 2016

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.
06 — Zoo Chef

12:41 | Dec 15th, 2015

Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.
04 — Home Stager

13:44 | Oct 14th, 2015

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.
03 — Match Maker

10:20 | Sep 16th, 2015

In which Casey accidentally meets one of the last traditional Irish matchmakers.
02 — Noise Police

13:32 | Aug 5th, 2015

How loud is too loud for a person to live with? Sounds like a job for the noise police.
01 — Ice Guy

09:24 | Jul 23rd, 2015

Good ice, bad ice, and the person whose job it is to know the difference.