The Madeleine Brand Show for June 15, 2011

Saving the Post Office

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U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Raymond Hou sorts through mail as he delivers mail along his route March 2, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat ... nor email will stop the US Postal Service. At least that's the hope of a group of experts convening near Washington today. The Postal Vision 2020 conference is bringing together big thinkers from companies like Google to come up with creative solutions to save the postal service. In this age of digital communications, USPS is in big trouble. It's facing about $8 billion in losses this year alone. We hear from Bryant Urstadt, an editor at Bloomberg Business Week and part of a team that investigated the financial troubles of the USPS last month.

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