The Thing You Do

The Thing You Do

Interesting Jobs and the People who do Them. Hi! I'm Tami Rumfelt, the creator and host of the Thing You Do podcast. I have always loved talking to people about their jobs. When I meet someone new, that’s usually one of my first questions,"So, tell me what you do." It’s not just small talk for me, I find people’s work fascinating! There are always aspects of people’s jobs that I never considered before. And, when people talk about their work they invariably reveal things about themselves. When we listen to people talk about their work, we learn a little something about how the world works.

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October 21, 2021 39 mins

Have you ever wondered how songs end up getting played on the radio? Like, have you ever been listening to the radio and thought, “Why THIS song? Who decided that of all the songs and all the musicians in the world, that THIS is the song that should be played on this radio station” Depending on the radio format you listen to, my guest today may have had a significant role in why you’re hearing that song. 

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Join me in welcoming Stacy Shawiak to the podcast. Stacy works for Wycliff Associates where she is in the midst of an exciting and very unique project that involves developing a translation of the Bible for people who are deaf.  I can hear you now, "Wait, what? Why would deaf people need a their own Bible translation?" I know, I know. I thought the same thing.  But, there's a real need for it, and the whole process of d...

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December 19, 2020 20 mins

Who in the world has a MORE interesting job than Santa Claus? No one.  And, believe it or not, Mr. Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule to be a part of this incredibly special episode of The Thing You Do podcast. 

Special thanks to Bernard the Elf for his (albeit begrudging) help with putting my call through. And, thanks to my good friend Sean Sellers for helping to make this interview happen. 

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November 23, 2020 25 mins

It’s not really all that shocking that Bob Allen became a pilot to presidents and celebrities, when you consider that Bob is one of those people who reaches the apex of whatever he does. If there were an overachievers club, he would be the president. For example, in high school, Bob played three sports. Not only was he the starting QB for the Lee High School Football team in Springfield VA, but he was also the team captain and star...

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October 19, 2020 18 mins

My guest this episode is Richard Burgin. Richard has written, directed and is now in post-production of the horror movie, Fang. Richard also has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism,  and his experience with this disorder plays a major role in his film...which he describes as a metaphor for life with a disability.  I never would have expected an interview with horror movie maker to be so tender, sweet, and touching...but there were ...

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October 5, 2020 46 mins

When Ed Cobbler hung out his Private Investigator shingle 37 years ago, he was the ONLY PI working in Greensboro, North Carolina. He's got more competition these days, but ask anyone in town who's the best, and there's a really good chance they'll point you in Ed's direction. 

Between his nearly 40 years as a PI, 15 years in law enforcement, and the time that he served in the US Army, including a tour in Vietnam,...

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September 24, 2020 39 mins

Ian Russell is an award winning voice actor with a flair for British and International English accents. His voice has been featured on TV, in Movies, in Video Games, on radio and as an Audiobook Narrator. As glamorous as this sounds, Ian says he spends much of his time in small room talking to himself and waving his arms around. Glamourous...or crazy? I'll leave that to you to decide.

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September 23, 2020 31 mins

Shelby Kirillin has a job that I didn’t even know existed until just a few weeks ago. She’s what’s sometimes called a Death Doula. I don’t know about you, but when I first heard that term, I immediately thought of the title of some really terrible horror flick. It’s nothing like that, though. Actually, Shelby has a career that helps bring meaning and purpose, and even beauty, to the last few chapters of her client’s lives. 

To learn...

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September 18, 2020 24 mins

Pretty much every kid ever has dreamed of being a zookeeper some day. Well, today's guest is living the dream! Aly is the night keeper at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah, and on this episode of The Thing You Do she gives us an up-close look at what it's like to play with wild animals for a living. Spoiler alert, there's A LOT of poop involved, so maybe finish what you're eating before you press play.

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