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Old 03-16-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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PassPorter Podcast: Episode 8: Interview with Deb Wills of AllEars.net

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Episode 8: Deb Wills of AllEars.net (03-16-2010 03:00 PM)


Podcast Description: Join special guest Deb Wills of AllEars.net as we discuss this week's news and answer reader questions. Deb Wills is the Founder of AllEars.net, the Internet's most comprehensive resource for Walt Disney World, as well as the Editor-In-Chief of All Ears®, the free weekly e-newsletter with over 122,000 subscribers. Deb is internationally recognized as an expert on Disney vacations. Deb is also a Breast Cancer survivor who is passionate about raising funds for local community-based programs for the underserved and research through her annual campaigns and Avon Breast Cancer Walks. Deb has been recognized as one of Avon's top fundraisers.

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Finally got to listen. It was wonderful to put a voice to the magnificent Deb Wills! Love all your podcasts, keep them coming.
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I got it to download on Itunes this morning.
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Downloaded it this am on my iTouch to listen to while I work out. Great episode Jennifer and Sara!
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Thumbs up Love the Podcast

Thanks for the podcast. I love it. Although I'm a Disney veteran, it makes me feel "normal" to hear people chatting about Disney like I would.

I couldn't get iTunes to find Episode 8 in my subscription, but it downloaded when I searched for "Passporter" and clicked the Episode link.
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Why has Dave not made it to a podcast yet? I value his unique expertise and tend to agree with him on many passporter ratings, I think we need his opinion on some podcasts as well lets get him on board.
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