S.O.S. for the U.S. Postal Service

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Hour 1

The US Postal Service is in trouble. It lost $10 billion in this fiscal year alone.  Email and online bill payments have taken a bite out of the volume of first class mail and labor costs continue to rise.  The Postal Service has suggested ending Saturday delivery, cutting hundreds of thousands of jobs and closing certain post offices around the country in an attempt to balance the books.  And there are a number of bills in both houses of Congress with additional suggestions for reforming and modernizing the postal service.  This hour, should we save the US Postal Service and how?  What is the value of universal mail?  Marty talks with guests RICHARD GEDDES, is an associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, and STEVEN GREENHOUSE, the labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times.

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