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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The Post Office

Friday, January 18, 2013

When you drop a letter in a mailbox, how exactly does it end up where it’s supposed to go? We’ll find out how the U.S. Postal Service works and why it’s struggling for survival. Nancy A. Pope, curator from the National Postal Museum and organizer of Systems at Work, and Richard John, professor at Columbia University School of Journalism and author of Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse.

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Operation Santa Celebrates 100th Year with Low Numbers

Monday, December 24, 2012

It’s the 100th year that the main post office in Manhattan has responded to letters addressed, “Dear Santa.” On Christmas Eve at the James Farley Post Office elves busily replied to letters and sent last minute packages to needy families in the area.

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The Takeaway

A Look at the Impending Post Office Default

Thursday, August 02, 2012

The United States Postal Service is approaching a $5 billion default. Suddenly, officials are saying we might have to drastically restructure our mail program, but the post office says it could all be avoided with a vote by the House of Representatives. Is there a solution in sight?

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The Takeaway

Is the Post Office Default Manufactured?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

With the United States Post Office about to default on its $5 billion debt, they haven't yet received any help from Congress. Representative Dennis Kucinich, a democrat from Ohio, explains why he believes the default is manufactured.

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Transportation Nation

Postage Stamps Promote Green Transportation. Who Knew?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(photo by Jackie Yamanaka)

Not to mention car pooling, biking, and walking.

TN's Jackie Yamanaka received a letter with the above stamp, leading us to immediately research its provenance.

It turns out the U.S. Postal Service has produced a series of stamps with eco-friendly messages. One of them encourages the use of public transit. The others exhort recipients to "choose to walk,"  "share a ride," "maintain tire pressure," and "ride a bike."

It's also possible to purchase a stamp celebrating American infrastructure -- like Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Just a tip in case you want to send some snail mail TN's way we haven't seen these in person yet:




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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?


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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The Takeaway

Postal Service May Default

Monday, September 05, 2011

The Postal Service may have to shut down completely by this winter, unless Congress takes action to help it make a $5.5 billion payment due this month. The postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, told The New York Times yesterday "If Congress doesn’t act, we will default." Donahoe has advocated cost-cutting measures, such as closing nearly 4,000 post office locations, laying off 120,000 workers, and eliminating Saturday mail delivery. 



New Yorkers Fight Possible Post Office Closures

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.