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It's Business School Types vs the U.S. Post Office

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

They had a plan for the future of paper mail. It was visionary. It was also naive. 

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Soundcheck

Johnny Cash, Forever; Wynter Gordon; Frank Ocean's Grammys Debut

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.

The Takeaway

The Postal Service Used to Make Multiple Deliveries Per Day

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.

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WNYC News

Magazines Contend with End of Saturday Mail Delivery

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.

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Listen to Lucy

Break bad habits and you’ll deliver profits

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Break bad habits and you’ll deliver profits

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Transportation Nation

Transportation Nation Jingle: World Premiere!

Friday, January 27, 2012

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!

 

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The Takeaway

Postal Service Ending Next-Day Delivery

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?

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WNYC News

Postal Service Seeks Changes to First-Class Mail Delivery

Monday, December 05, 2011

It may take a bit longer for your first-class mail to reach its destination.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: A Modest Proposal - Occupy the Bank's Mailboxes

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I would like to see less junk mail in my mailbox, and the idea of costing the bank that sent me this rubbish a little bit in postage and processing is well worth the 60 seconds (and two pieces of tape... it was pretty darn full) I spent on this.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on Saving the USPS

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.

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WNYC News

New Yorkers Fight Possible Post Office Closures

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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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.

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Azi Paybarah

Rodentologist

Thursday, July 29, 2010

WNYC

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…”

I’m also waiting to see how colleague Kate Hinds responds to question 4 of the rat survey on the back of the mailer:

How would you describe the rat problem:

-mild

-severe

-state of emergency

-there is no rat problem

 

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The Takeaway

USPS Woes May Bring End to Saturday Delivery

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.

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Envelope

Saturday, August 16, 2003

The journalist and designer Georgina Keenan opens up something we all used a lot more back before email — the envelope. Produced by Rob Weisberg.

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Postage Stamp

Saturday, June 02, 2001

Graphic designer Steven Heller explains how these tiny, utilitarian stickers became miniature displays of popular culture.

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