Danny Malm, Levi Sebastian, and Noah Neuber are three wonderful human beings who rollerblade and live in Northern California. After a rousing afternoon of doing sweet tricks at a skate park, I invited them over to drink cold beer and talk about all the hot topics. Or something like that.

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Nick Riggle is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego whose book — On Being Awesome: a Unified Theory of How Not to Suck — recently hit bookshelves. Previously, he was a pro rollerblader who helped shape the sport from its early days. We talk about skitching cars around the cul-de-sac, social openings, and, of course, what’s awesome, and what sucks, about rollerblading.

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Jaren “The Monster” Grob is a huck-it and chuck-it legend in rollerblading. Since he’s in NorCal performing at Great America in Santa Clara, he came by to talk about his more than two decades performing skating shows, why team sports aren’t for him, and more.

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B. Free recently moved back to Oakland from San Francisco, and, as of this recording, was 34 days into a long-term blading binge. Flanked by Challe Walle and Augstin, we talk about blading love, getting out and doing it every day, and so much more.

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Gary Magill, Erik Beltran, and Coty Dobbs are three Fresno skaters currently living in the Bay Area. We talk about Fresno’s beloved and now gone Art House, the documentary they made about it, and the Ghost Ship’s effect on artist spaces. We also talk about rollerblading.

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Jon Fromm is a Florida-raised shredder living in San Diego who rides for companies like Razors and Sic Urethane.

We talk about his many, many travels, Razor's new Shift skate, catching a black eye at Pow-wow, and more.

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Looking back ­on NorCal blade history, Kirk Chang & Mike Jimenez noticed a deficit in street contests. So they’re doing something to fill the void by throwing the Lux Street Open on Sept. 30 in lovely downtown San Jose, California. We talk about their plans and logistics for the contest, blade company branding strategies, Brian Aragon, and more.

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Hailing from Denver, Ian Walker is an avid filmmaker, the king of the Scumpire, and an overall really nice weirdo. Our conversation goes many places, not stopping shy of guns, gimps, and other family-friendly topics. Danny Malm and Taylor Kobryn add to the catastrophe that is this episode.

While none of our episodes to date have been appropriate to do so, this episode—in particular—shouldn’t be played out loud at work or around children. Unless, of course, you work from home and your kid is cool.

 The song at the break is Violent Shiver, by Benjamin Booker.

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#69: The Ghost Ship Fire

On Dec. 2, 36 people were killed when a fire broke out during an electronic music show in a warehouse known as the Ghost Ship in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. 

Oakland's arts and music community rallied in the wake of the tragedy, hosting benefits for families who lost loved ones, as well as attempting to protect other live-work spaces in a city with skyrocketing rents. 

Music from this episode was either performed or mixed by Johnny Igaz, a victim of the Ghost Ship fire. You can hear more of his music at https://soundcloud.com/nacktmusic

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#66: Trump and the Riots

In this episode, host Brian Krans talks to himself about covering the 2016 election, rollerblading through the protests and riots that followed in Oakland, and the ramifications of underestimating the "fly over states."

The music at the second break is "The Last Days of Oakland" by the Fantastic Negrito. (You should buy the full album.)

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