Snail Mail Struggles: The Postal Service Series
November 27, 2010 The U.S. Postal Service is losing billions and is considering whether to drop Saturday delivery. The idea falls flat with some, who point to people who rely on checks and prescriptions that could arrive on Saturday. But with UPS and FedEx serving our mail needs, do we need the post office at all?
November 26, 2010 If you fly over West Virginia on a clear day, you might see Hacker Valley as just a wisp of smoking rising from the mountains. The 600 people who live there are facing a second winter of icy, treacherous driving just to get to a post office. It can be a 40-mile round trip.
November 26, 2010 WCPNFaced with an $8.5 billion loss, the U.S. Postal Service has been cutting back: slashing hours, combining routes and closing offices. The post office in East Cleveland, Ohio, has lost nearly all of its staff, and the cutback is deeply troubling for this hard-pressed urban community.
November 25, 2010 Time was when you'd take out your favorite pen to write a heartfelt note in a Christmas card and then put a stamp on it. That changed for many when e-cards came along. And now, e-cards have gone social on networks like Facebook. But is it the same as sending or receiving a card through the mail?
November 25, 2010 The U.S. Postal Service is struggling as its customers migrate to the digital world. Americans are texting and e-mailing instead of sending paper greetings and documents. An NPR series explores the importance of the post office and what changes may be coming.
November 24, 2010 As the digital age pushes our correspondence with each other online, we see fewer invitations, cards and handwritten letters arrive in our mailboxes. But we no doubt all have special mail — a faded postcard, a well-worn greeting card, an old love letter — that we keep tucked away.
November 24, 2010 Over the past 100 years, the U.S. Postal Service has met a slew of formidable challengers from the telephone to the Internet. In recent years, the Postal Service has seen a sharp decline in mail. Follow the history of mail and the U.S. Postal Service over the past century in this interactive timeline.
November 24, 2010 As post offices across the country have closed up shop, the buildings that once housed them have been converted into everything from computer stores and hotels to lofts and pubs.
November 25, 2010 KUTThis Thanksgiving, Morning Edition and All Things Considered are examining the impact of the U.S. Postal Service's current cutbacks. NPR Music partner station KUT in Austin, Texas, remembers 10 of the classic songs that came out of writing or waiting for that special letter.