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

SPECIALETTE — Fired

Glynn Washington, host and creator of WNYC's Snap Judgment, on a job that was doomed from the start. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Specialette — Bone Lady

Listener Amy Strauss describes her time overseeing a colony of flesh-eating beetles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

10 — Snake Lady & Wildlife One

Bird bombs, decoy coyotes, and wailers: the tricky job of keeping birds away from planes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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." For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

07 — Mock Attacker

A man who's paid to behave badly towards women — and what happens when he does his job well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

06 — Zoo Chef

Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

05 — Lice Ladies

Comb, wipe. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

04 — Home Stager

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

03 — Match Maker

In which Casey accidentally meets one of the last traditional Irish matchmakers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

02 — Noise Police

How loud is too loud for a person to live with? Sounds like a job for the noise police. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

01 — Ice Guy

Good ice, bad ice, and the person whose job it is to know the difference. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy