Reimagining the postal service

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Hour 1

According to recent estimates, the United States Postal Service is losing $25 million a day and last week, defaulted on a  $5.5 billion dollar payment for future retiree benefits.  USPS is an independent agency yet it receives no taxpayer money for its operations and is under congressional control.  It’s the job of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to figure out how to save the system from total collapse but to date legislators have failed to address the complex set of problems facing it.   Can we save the United States Postal Service?  Is privatization the answer, can expanded services and technology be used more effectively and what can we learn from other countries?  Our guests are JAMES CAMPBELL, lawyer and consultant, and IAN LEE, an historian of the U.S. and Canadian postal systems

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