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Hi there! It's time for our tenth episode of A+ Inbox LIVE! If you’re a first-time listener, A+ Inbox LIVE! is usually where Riese, Heather, Yvonne, Rachel and I choose three questions from the A+ Priority Inbox and answer them live on a podcast, using amateur recording equipment and very little editing! It’s casual and honest and very 2006. You can dig back into the archives for previous episodes to feed into your ear canals.
However! This week's show is very different and special. Firstly, it was recorded in Michigan at our editor's retreat last week while we were all in the same room, using the same mic, breathing the same air. Secondly, it includes our new Design and Business Director, Sarah Sarwar, whom you may have been introduced to via this post about her Spashley fan forum days. Oh also, thirdly, I asked Heather to host this episode because I felt weird being a host in person. You learn things new about yourself every day...
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