Wednesday, July 09, 2014
They had a plan for the future of paper mail. It was visionary. It was also naive.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
In this episode: The US Postal Service recently announced the end of Saturday mail delivery – but their commemorative stamp program carries on. We talk with the designer of a recently announced Johnny Cash Forever stamp about the US Postal Service's new “Music Icons” stamp series, and why he thinks collectible stamps are here to stay.
Plus: Wynter Gordon got her start writing hits for stars like Flo Rida, Mary J. Blige and Danity Kane – she joins us to perform some of her own songs.
And: Writer Jeff Himmelman recently interviewed the Frank Ocean for the New York Times Magazine. He joins us to talk about the decision-making process behind Ocean's Grammys song selection -- and to paint a clearer picture of the man behind the headband.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
The Post Master General says that he has no choice but to cut Saturday mail delivery given the billions of dollars of debt in which the organization finds itself. Once upon a time the Postal Service delivered many, many times each day.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to suspend Saturday delivery is unwelcomed news for the struggling magazine industry. The glossies tend to arrive at the start of the weekend, when readers have more time to peruse stories and advertisements.
Friday, January 27, 2012
By Kate Hinds
It's not often that Transportation Nation receives musical fan email. We're more used to getting missives from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics or press releases from elected officials. (Or emails from publicists asking "are you a SERIAL RELATIONSHIP KILLER? How to stop the sabotage!" or offering to teach us "how to winterize your dog" -- but that's another story.)
So we weren't sure what to expect when we got an email from a reader named John Fauller, who said he was a fan. And as a gift, he wrote, he had composed a jingle for TN. We opened the file with trepidation...and then were immediately delighted. Give it a listen, below. And John: THANK YOU! Hope your boss wasn't angry with you for being late to work!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
If you haven't sent out your Christmas cards yet, you might want to get on it, quick. Snail mail just got slower. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it's going to end next-day delivery of letters, postcards and other First Class mail. The agency is looking to find $20 billion in annual savings by 2015, about $3 billion of which could come from various plans to shrink the network. But what will become of the letter?
Monday, December 05, 2011
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
It may take a bit longer for your first-class mail to reach its destination.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
In a Senate hearing yesterday, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe called for Congress to take action to help the U.S. Postal Service pay its bills and avoid defaulting. In his testimony, Donahoe proposed cutting more than 120,000 jobs, closing 300 out of 500 processing centers and thousands of post offices around the country, and eliminating Saturday mail delivery. The Obama administration has proposed giving the USPS an extra three months to make a $5.5 billion payment due on Sept. 30.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Thirty-four post offices in New York City are among those that could face closure under a new plan by the U.S. Postal Service to monitor 3,653 post offices nationwide to decide if they should be shuttered.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
State Senator Bill Perkins has a mailer seeking input about the rat problem in upper Manhattan. He also uses it to tout his “fight to eradicate rodents from our community.”
My favorite line:
“As a result of that struggle, City government hired a nationally renowned rodentologist…”
How would you describe the rat problem:
-state of emergency
-there is no rat problem
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Receiving mail on Saturdays could soon be a thing of the past, if the United States Postal Service has its way. The organization, which has been struggling in the wake of an extreme dip in business, has proposed a set of changes that could help it survive, including ending deliveries on Saturdays and closing down offices.