Changes At The Postal Service, The Successes Of Toilet Paper, New Midwest Economic Report

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Young corn plants grow in a field in rural Ashland, Neb., Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Nati Harnik/AP Photo

The role of the U.S. Postal Service is being highlighted as we move toward an election where voting by mail figures to be a substantial factor. We talk with a reporter about changes taking place at the USPS. Then a Wisconsin museum is sharing highlights from the history of modern toilet paper, including Wisconsin’s connection. And an economist joins us to discuss a new report looking at the relative strength of Midwestern states’ economies.

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    Changes made last month at the U.S. Postal Service have caused mail delays in some parts of the country and raised concerns about what they’ll mean for mail-in voting during the November election. We find out about the measures going into place and the response they’re getting from Congress.

  • The History Of Toilet Paper, And Wisconsin's Role

    As the COVID crisis hit the United States, it was very hard to find toilet paper on store shelves. A Wisconsin museum put together an online exhibit about the history of toilets and toilet paper, and Wisconsin’s role in that story.

  • The Midwest As An Economic Powerhouse

    A new report finds that the Midwest plays a more significant role in the country’s economy than previously recognized. We talk to a journalist about the report and how the Midwest could provide a roadmap for future economic recovery.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Jana Rose Schleis Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Michelle Ye Hee Lee Guest
  • George Schroeder Guest
  • Adam Roberts Guest
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director

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