BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:35 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Dead Letter Office: Have You Ditched Handwritten Notes?

Do you still send postcards on vacation? Do you write thank-you notes or keep a correspondence with a pen pal? BPR talked about the dying art of the letter.
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Boston Public Radio podcast for 11/12/13.

Time was, soldiers wrote home from the front lines to assure family and friends of their safety. Kids wrote dispatches from summer camp, and lovers penned heartfelt tributes to keep the spark alive from a distance. Now, the advent of texts, email and Skype has nearly done the letter in.

Do you lament the demise of the handwritten letter? Do you still send postcards, and get a thrill when one arrives in the mail? Jim Braude and Margery Eagan discussed this timely piece about letter writing.

Also on BPR:

  • CNN's chief national correspondent, John King, talked about early enrollment data for Healthcare.gov, as well as the possibility of a 2016 Chris Christie vs. Hillary Clinton matchup.
  • Michael Moss, chief investigative reporter for the New York Times, talked about how to start a viral marketing campaign on behalf of broccoli. Moss is the author of the book Salt Sugar Fat.
  • Harvard Business Historian Nancy Koehn out-Spielberged Steven Spieglberg in breaking down the genius of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. She also talked about the Lincoln School of Management — the lessons Abraham Lincoln can teach today's business leaders.
  • As part of WGBH News's series You're Not Alone, Jim and Margery talked about Beacon Hill Village, a collective of older Bostonians committed to living out their days in their own homes rather than nursing homes or assisted living.

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