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Cool Jobs in Government

Thousands of feds have one thing in common - they perform work most people don't associate with the government. In our ongoing series, Cool Jobs in Government, Federal News Radio uncovers and highlights some of the most interesting and unorthodox ways feds spend their days.

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Cool Jobs: Air marshals opt for down-to-earth training for in-the-air threats

Recruits in the Federal Air Marshal Service undergo 16 weeks of rigorous training to prepare for their primary duty - helping travelers reach their destinations unharmed. Every three months, air marshals receive refresher training in hand-to-hand defense, physical fitness and threat-scenarios aboard a life-size mockup of a passenger jet. Federal News Radio goes inside a flight simulator for a first-hand look at a training exercise.

Monday - 10/22/2012, 04:07am EDT

Cool Jobs: USDA Community Gardener

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Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 08:00am EDT

NASA's new stars make geeky seem chic

Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom.

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 09:28pm EDT

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Lisa Young is the objects conservator at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. She discusses the challenges of preserving spacesuits as part of Federal News Radio's Cool Jobs in Government series.

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 11:16am EDT
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Monday - 04/16/2012, 02:33am EDT
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Cool Jobs: The Mural Preservationist

Dallan Wordekemper, federal preservation officer with the Postal Service, restores New Deal-era murals at U.S. post offices across the country.

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 08:29am EST

Cool Jobs: The National Zoo Lion Trainer

Kristen Clark is an animal keeper at the National Zoo, one of two who trains the lions including the adult male, two lionesses and seven cubs. Federal News Radio interviews her as part of our Cool Jobs in Government series.

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 12:30pm EST
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Cool Jobs: CSI Environment

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Monday - 08/29/2011, 02:01am EDT
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Cool Jobs: NIH Executive Chef

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Wednesday - 08/11/2010, 03:10pm EDT
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