On The Gist, the economics of the postal service, and media coverage of mass shootings.

Why Did the U.S. Postal Service Double as a Laundry Carrier for Politicians?

Why Did the U.S. Postal Service Double as a Laundry Carrier for Politicians?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 6 2016 7:14 PM

Mister Postman, Lower Your Price Points for Me

Your trusty Postal Service used to traffic children and in politicians’ dirty laundry.

Priority mail.


Listen to Episode 533 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, Devin Leonard returns with the last installment of our postcard series to discuss the evolving economics of the U.S. Postal Service. Leonard’s book is Neither Snow nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service. Plus, Bruce Shapiro ponders the best way to cover mass shootings if the goal is to limit future massacres. Shapiro is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School.

For the first-ever, midshow Spiel: Twinkies. For the traditional closing Spiel: dying in vain.


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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.