Dr. Hazel Bain is a Scottish solar physicist who recently returned from a three-month expedition to Antarctica with NASA to launch the G.R.I.P.S. balloon. It gathered data about gamma radiation from the sun. We discuss her research, growing up a “jock geek,” science communication, and more. Follow Dr. Bain on twitter: @hazbain

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Tony Watt is an American journalist, fiction writer, and book character. He and host Brian Krans covered crime and courts for a Midwest newspaper for three years, so when they plug in their mics they talk about making it as a journalist in the 21st century, what’s important when visiting Northern California, and whether it’s worth it.  To support the podcast, please shop at rocktownpress.com.

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#27: The Oakland Blade Jam

The Oakland Blade Jam was a community event and skating competition held Sept. 19 at Town Park in West Oakland. This episode features interviews and commentary with Matt Mickey, Michael “Obe” Obedoza, Megan Petersen, Ivan Narez, Erick Garcia, Gene Steagall, and Kennan Scott, the MC with a Masters Degree.

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Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

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On Independence Day, host Brian Krans boarded up the Rock Town Garage to he kept his terrified dog, Friday, company as fireworks and gunfire lit up East Oakland. He talks past and present America, blade haters, being a blade ambassadors, and whether any of these podcasts have a point.

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Skookum is an all-blader rock band from Oakland, comprised of Sean Salazar, Patrick Calilung, Brendan Tidd, and Brian Shima. Sean and Pat stopped by the Rock Town garage to talk about the meaning behind their name, picking a rock star death, and blading before playing. This podcast features music from their live set on May 27, 2015, at the Stork Club in Oakland, Calif.

Check out Skookum on Bandcamp and follow them on Instagram.

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FTOH is Brian Krans' second novel and in this solo podcast he explains where the original idea came from, childhood medications, why you shouldn't joke about being a pedophile, and getting kicked off a Christian youth trip. 

You can check out cover artist Alexander Iaccarino's other work at thatkidwhodraws.com.

Books, hats, and posters can be purchased at Rock Town Press.

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Being a child actor is no easy game, especially when your childhood hero was Bill Cosby.

Kennan Scott returns to the Rock Town Podcast to exercise his demons while his cousin Jake forces him through conflicted memories of Jello Pudding Pop commercials, anti-drug ads, and moving Theo out of the Cosby house. 

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