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PODCAST | Derby Girls

In collaboration with Crosscurrents from KALW News, Mills College students in the Public Radio Reporting Program unearth the many facets of the Oakland community.

Picture the toughest woman you know. Now picture her in a mini-skirt, fishnets, kneepads and roller skates. Imagine twenty women just like her slamming into each other as they skate around a roller rink, and you’ve got a typical Roller Derby match.

With names like Frank-n-Hurter and Tramplesteelskin, these women are not your grandma’s Derby Girls. They are part of a burgeoning subculture that, until recently, remained underground.

So what it really like to be part of Oakland’s resident team the Oakland Outlaws? Rashida Harmon went to find out.

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