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WNYC News

Reporter Explains the Program That Lets the Post Office Scan All Envelopes

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

When ricin-laced letters were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama, the FBI used a secret program to track down the sender. It's called the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program. Through it, U.S. Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail - last year, it scanned 160 billion pieces.

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Soundcheck

Johnny Cash By Mail

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The US Postal Service recently announced that Saturday mail delivery will end in August. But you may not have heard another recent bit of news from the USPS: that the face of legendary singer Johnny Cash will soon grace commemorative Forever stamps. 

Cash is certainly not the first musician to be honored with a stamp -- icons like Elvis Presley, Edith Piaf and Miles Davis have all had their moment in postage glory. But, Cash is second musician to be chosen as part of a new "Music Icons" stamp series -- the first being Tejano musician Lydia Mendoza

We talk with art director Greg Breeding about designing the new stamp, which will be available starting June 6, 2013, and about how stamp designs are chosen. Plus, he tells us why he thinks that artistic stamps will continue to be a part of our postal system. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Week In Politics: SOTU, Nuclear, Rubio

Monday, February 11, 2013

Last week saw two high-profile confirmation hearings, and this week brings the State of the Union - and the GOP response from Marco Rubio. Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, discusses the news from Washington.

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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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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Bonn II Conference on Afghanistan's Future, Morning Headlines

Monday, December 05, 2011

Ten years after the first conference in Bonn, Germany on nation-building in Afghanistan, representatives from 100 countries came together Monday to chart a course for Afghanistan after NATO forces pull out in 2014. However, there were no delegates from Pakistan or the Taliban.

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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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Studio 360

Mail Art

Saturday, October 09, 2004

In August, Studio 360 asked listeners to send us mail art. And you responded with fantastic enthusiasm. Streams of amazing things poured in through the mail drop from all around the world — a piece of toast, a coconut, a lump of clay, envelopes big, small, glittery, fragile, sturdy and ...

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Studio 360

Pushing The Envelope

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Stephen Malinowski heard our request for mail art and decided to do a little experiment. He tested the post office to see what they would and wouldn’t deliver by mailing not one, or two, but 100 pieces of mail art to our office, including crumpled envelopes, tissue paper, pieces of ...

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Junk Mail

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Graphic designer and writer Steven Heller looks at the only trash you let come in your house every day. Junk Mail. Or as the industry calls it, direct mail. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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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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