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The Specialist: Blood Girls

Photo Courtesy of Sandhya Dirks


Happy Halloween! Walking around today, you might hear a lot of recorded, ghoulish screaming. Today it's supposed to be all in fun. But there are some people who hear those screams a lot — and whose job is to create hellish situations all year around. Casey Miner and Sandhya Dirks tell us more in this installment from The Specialist.



KATIE JORDAN: At first when I first started this job I was a little conflicted because...well I don’t want to train people on how to go to war...And then I saw what was actually going on is that war is going to happen...And so what we get to do is teach them how to be safe, how to save people’s lives, and how to come home safely...That’s the cool part of the job for me…you think about all those people who don’t get to come home. And if we can help with that, it’s really really important I think.

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview. 

This piece was sound designed and mixed by Seth Samuel. Find out how to subscribe to The Specialist podcast here.


Sandhya got her start as a reporting fellow at KALW, working on award winning radio documentaries about crime and justice and education in Oakland. She reported on the 2012 presidential election in Iowa, for Iowa Public Radio, where she also covered diversity and mental health issues.