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S. S. Roller Derby Episode 4 - Around the World on Eight Wheels

S. S. Roller Derby Episode 4 - Around the World on Eight Wheels

February 26, 2018

Happy 2018! In our first episode of the year, we give you a Team Announcer-centric recap of the Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester, England (hosted by the fantastic Rainy City Roller Derby). Hammer had the good fortune to make the trip to announce the world's biggest derby blowout and tells us all about it in an interview with Allie.

Ham also had the chance to take a side trip to Dublin after the festivities were over and enjoyed some whiskey and conversation with Dublin Roller Derby coach extraordinare, Violent Bob. They talk the history of the league, derby in Ireland, and Bob's love of the Green Bay Packers, among other things. Fans of the TV show "Father Ted" will especially appreciate DRD's home team names. ;)

We also feature an ADORABLE interview with Diamond Rough (of MNRG) and Chad (of the Aquaman Army) about their story of derby love. We're taking written and recorded submissions for this as an ongoing feature, too! If YOU have a story of derby love - any and all kinds, in any form - and want us to feature it on an episode, please do drop us a line at

Speaking of awesome listener submitted content, we're thrilled to include a song from the Icelandic hardcore feminist thrash band Dauðyflin. Check 'em out on Bandcamp (and buy their music!), and in these write-ups from Pitchfork. Two of the members are affiliated with Team Iceland. The lead singer, who goes by Grim Creeper, plays for the Roller Derby Iceland travel team, Ragnarök. Many thanks to her sister, Bitchblade, for making the submission!


  • 00:00 Intro and World Cup interview
  • 46:56 Interview with Violent Bob of Dublin Roller Derby
  • 1:19:45 Derby love story with Diamond Rough and Chad
  • 1:35:44 Music feature with Dauðyflin
  • 1:40:09 Outro


  • Rowy of Rainy City for Ham's homestay
  • Violent Bob for hospitality in Dublin
  • Val Capone and the Lovely Biertrix for World Cup awesomeness
  • Captain Malice of Manchester Roller Derby for the hospitality

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-Allie & Ham

S. S. Roller Derby Episode 3: With A Song In Our Hearts

S. S. Roller Derby Episode 3: With A Song In Our Hearts

December 18, 2017

History! WFTDA Champs! Songs! Fan sections! Transphobia out of derby! Finding your bliss!

All this and more await you in the latest episode of the Something Something Roller Derby podcast. We were both thrilled to be part of the announcing crew at the 2017 WFTDA D1 International Championships in Philadelphia, PA. We were also thrilled that it presented the opportunity to sit down with an interview with longtime Texie and actual co-founder of this sport we call modern roller derby, Electra Blu! She's responsible for the design dimensions of the very track upon which we skate, don't ya know? Electra talks the nitty gritty origins of the game, some delightful anecdotes from the bad old days, and what keeps her coming back for more even long after her skating career came to a close.

Ham and Allie dig into a recent example of the transphobia that still exists in parts of the derby world, and talk about why those attitudes have no place anywhere, let alone within a sport and community that was founded specifically to be a home for marginalized and outcast people.

Finally, we had a delightful and often hilarious conversation with two of the core members of the Aquaman Army - Minnesota Rollergirls' very own fan section, famous for their hymnal of cheers, wearing masks, and full body/facepaint situation. They talk about what makes a good fan section, why they do what they do, and what they all love about derby.

Oh and, we're including a new section where we talk about what's making us happy these days, specific to derby. Positive affirmations! I mean, if you're not finding joy in something, why continue to do it?

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We used (with permission) the song "Synthesizer 2.0" by Klack in this episode. Check out more of their tunes at their Bandcamp.

Theme song and other interstitial music by Ham's band, Damsel Trash.

Twitch (aka Kevin Borke) hooked us up with microphones to record interviews at WFTDA Champs. He makes a lot of those great videos you see on and such.

WORT FM gives us studio time to record a lot of this podcast, and we love them.



12:17 Electra Blu interview

33:05 Transphobia in roller derby

52:45 Aquaman Army interview

1:26:15 Find your bliss / outro


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