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Johnny Cash, Forever; Wynter Gordon; Frank Ocean's Grammys Debut

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

(Courtesy US Postal Service)

In this episode: The US Postal Service recently announced the end of Saturday mail delivery – but their commemorative stamp program carries on. We talk with the designer of a recently announced Johnny Cash Forever stamp about the US Postal Service's new “Music Icons” stamp series, and why he thinks collectible stamps are here to stay.

Plus: Wynter Gordon got her start writing hits for stars like Flo Rida, Mary J. Blige and Danity Kane – she joins us to perform some of her own songs.

And: Writer Jeff Himmelman recently interviewed the Frank Ocean for the New York Times Magazine. He joins us to talk about the decision-making process behind Ocean's Grammys song selection -- and to paint a clearer picture of the man behind the headband.

Johnny Cash By Mail

The US Postal Service recently announced that Saturday mail delivery will end in August. But you may not have heard another recent bit of news from the USPS: that the face of legendary singer Johnny Cash will soon grace commemorative Forever stamps. 

Cash is certainly not the first musician to be honored with a stamp -- icons like Elvis Presley, Edith Piaf and Miles Davis have all had their moment in postage glory. But, Cash is second musician to be chosen as part of a new "Music Icons" stamp series -- the first being Tejano musician Lydia Mendoza

We talk with art director Greg Breeding about designing the new stamp, which will be available starting June 6, 2013, and about how stamp designs are chosen. Plus, he tells us why he thinks that artistic stamps will continue to be a part of our postal system. 

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