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December 29, 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 through to the end to hear it. 
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December 8, 2016
Glynn Washington, host and creator of WNYC's Snap Judgment, on a job that was doomed from the start. 
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November 23, 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. 
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November 8, 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! 
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October 28, 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. 
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October 14, 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 cheetahs. Photo by Jen Siska, jensiska.com. 
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September 29, 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? 
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September 19, 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. 
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August 31, 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 license from Flickr user Torbakhopper. 
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August 18, 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. 
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July 29, 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. 
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July 14, 2016
Listener Amy Strauss describes her time overseeing a colony of flesh-eating beetles. 
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June 28, 2016
Bird bombs, decoy coyotes, and wailers: the tricky job of keeping birds away from planes. 
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June 1, 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. 
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April 29, 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." 
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March 24, 2016
A man who's paid to behave badly towards women — and what happens when he does his job well. 
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February 18, 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. 
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December 15, 2015
Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture. 
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November 10, 2015
Comb, wipe. 
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October 14, 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. 
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September 16, 2015
In which Casey accidentally meets one of the last traditional Irish matchmakers. 
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August 5, 2015
How loud is too loud for a person to live with? Sounds like a job for the noise police. 
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July 23, 2015
Good ice, bad ice, and the person whose job it is to know the difference. 
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