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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. 


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!


blood girls

Meet the specialists who craft fake injuries for real first-responders, and learn more than you wanted to know about alternative uses of coffee grounds. 


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? 


special feature: the committee no one wants to be on

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.


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.


Snake lady & wildlife one

Bird bombs, wailers, decoy coyotes, and snarge: meet the people whose job is keeping birds away from planes.


singing telegram

"We would come in dressed as a food, a singing chocolate-chip cookie or a banana or something like that." Growing up in a family of singing telegram performers. 


sidewalk canvasser

Meet that person on the sidewalk with a clipboard and a cause. 


mock attacker

Meet a man whose job is to attack women... so they learn how to fight back.



season 1

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.

zoo chef

Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.

lice ladies

Comb, wipe.

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.

match maker

In which Casey accidentally meets one of the last traditional Irish matchmakers.

noise police

How loud is too loud for a person to live with? Sounds like a job for the noise police.

ice guy

Good ice, bad ice, and the person whose job it is to know the difference.