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Che Apalache Founder Joe Troop Was Talking About USPS Funding Before It Was Cool

Credit Courtesy of Joe Troop

Singer-songwriter Joe Troop has been putting out a lot of music during the coronavirus pandemic — including a song he released on YouTube in late April called “A Plea to the US Government to Fully Fund the Postal Service." The song went viral and garnered more than 400,000 signatures to take action to save the post office. 

Host Frank Stasio talks to singer and songwriter Joe Troop about his love for the United States Postal Service and his new project 'Pickin' for Progress.'

It was part of a successful campaign by RuralOrganizing.org to raise awareness of postal service funding, and it spawned a new project that Troop is spearheading, called “Pickin’ for Progress.” The video series features interviews with artists, politicians, activists, community leaders and stakeholders from across the state talking about the biggest issues in the upcoming election. Troop has interviewed people including Juana Luz Tabor Ortega, an immigrant living in sanctuary in Greensboro, Indigenous Lumbee activist Alexis Raeana Jones and bail reform advocate Dreama Caldwell. Troop talks about “Pickin’ for Progress” with host Frank Stasio and shares some new music.

You can find the full video series here:

You can find out more about Troop's advocacy work to increase voter participation here.

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.