The Specialist
The Specialist
Casey Miner
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.
14 — 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 listen through to the end to hear it. 
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Dec 29, 2016
19 min
SPECIALETTE — Fired
Glynn Washington, host and creator of WNYC's Snap Judgment, on a job that was doomed from the start. 
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Dec 8, 2016
8 min
Specialette — 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. 
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Nov 23, 2016
6 min
BONUS 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! 
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Nov 8, 2016
15 min
13 — 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. 
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Oct 28, 2016
15 min
Specialette — 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. Photo by Jen Siska, jensiska.com. 
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Oct 14, 2016
6 min
12 — 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? 
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Sep 29, 2016
17 min
Specialette — Digital Missioner
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. 
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Sep 19, 2016
6 min
Special 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 license from Flickr user Torbakhopper. 
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Aug 31, 2016
10 min
Specialette — 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. 
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Aug 18, 2016
9 min
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