The Specialist

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? from The Specialist »

Most Recent Episodes

Season 3 Update

Hello from the baby cave!

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 The Specialist. Plus: a very special announcement from our team! Make sure you listen through to the end to hear it.


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

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.

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!

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.

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,

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?

Specialette — Digital Missioner

Listener Kyle Oliver on teaching monks to 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,

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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