A+ Podcast Episode One: December 2014

This is the best day of the whole year! The day the A+ podcast finally finally says hello to you! As you may remember, we've had a time getting this project off the ground. But then we asked for help in the form of real podcast producers and the bright light of hope broke on the horizon and HERE WE ARE. Settle in and listen to Audrey and Intern Raquel ruin poetry! Brittani and Carmen offer the first installment of "A Plus B and Lil C," and Laura helps you make a recipe for your armpits. Riese, Laneia and Rachel are also introducing a new series, BFF Interviews, where a team member interviews their best friend — it's sort like the Interview With an Ex series, but with a different set of questions! We're gonna transcribe the interviews and turn them into articles, but you can listen to the RAW TAPES, right here and right now.

This was edited and produced by the great Julia Wetherell and Samara Berger, and you can listen to it here or download it. We hope you like it! We have l...

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Laneia is the Executive Editor and founding member of Autostraddle, and you're the reason she's here. She's 37, has two kids, two dogs, one cat, one Megan, and some personal essays.

Laneia has written 865 articles for us.