You’ve Got Mail: Show Segments
The following are individual show segments included in the BackStory episode “You’ve Got Mail: A History of the Post Office” broadcast in July of 2012. You can listen to the entire episode here.
A Walk in the Woods
Peter tells the story of Alexis de Tocqueville wandering the Michigan wilderness and stumbling upon a magical institution unlike anything in France: The Post Office.
Nickled and Dimed
Ed talks with David Henkin about the earliest letter writers, and how they cheated the postage rates of the 1830s.
How Much Is Too Much?
Richard John and Jennifer Mercieca recount the events surrounding the first mass mailing campaign, and how it went up in flames… LITERALLY!
After the Deluge
The History Guys put the mass mailing into context and ask why the Post Office suddenly became a hotbed of controversy.
Try Anything Once
The National Postal Museum’s Nancy Pope shares some of the technological innovations in postal history, some more practical than others.
The History Guys take calls from listeners.
Cowboys and Mailmen
BackStory producer Eric Mennel acts like a big jerk and debunks everybody’s favorite postal memory: the Pony Express.
Web Only Audio Extra
Children’s Show Post Office Montage
Montage from Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood and Blue’s Clues.