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The Specialist

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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03 — Match Maker

In which Casey accidentally meets one of the last traditional Irish matchmakers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10mins

16 Sep 2015

Rank #1

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06 — Zoo Chef

Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

15 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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Specialette — 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

18 Feb 2016

Rank #3

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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?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

29 Sep 2016

Rank #4

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08 — 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."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

29 Apr 2016

Rank #5

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09 — Singing Telegram

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

16mins

1 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9mins

18 Aug 2016

Rank #7

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11 — 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

29 Jul 2016

Rank #8

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10 — Snake Lady & Wildlife One

Bird bombs, decoy coyotes, and wailers: the tricky job of keeping birds away from planes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14mins

28 Jun 2016

Rank #9

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Specialette — Bone Lady

Listener Amy Strauss describes her time overseeing a colony of flesh-eating beetles.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2mins

14 Jul 2016

Rank #10