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    • French Manicures, Bud Light and Fly Fishing: How Trump Staffers Are Changing Washington

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Throughout Washington, business owners say it’s clear that the Trump administration has arrived. The new president and his staffers are settling in, and beginning to venture out to the region’s restaurants, bars, shops and salons.

    "French Manicures, Bud Light and Fly Fishing: How Trump Staffers Are Changing Washington" is from the February 09, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Will the Rapidly-Shrinking Store Save Retail?

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    With holiday shopping in full swing, Sears decided it was time to host a “grand reopening” for its department store at Fair Oaks Mall in Northern Virginia, complete with magic shows, jugglers, face painting and free cotton candy. The biggest change for the decades-old shopping center anchor? It was now just half its size.

    "Will the Rapidly-Shrinking Store Save Retail?" is from the December 25, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Grocery Stores Are Adapting to More Male Shoppers — Whom They Treat Like Knuckleheads

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    In any case, there is mounting evidence that more men are shopping for groceries than in previous generations. And when they do head to the store, men tend to buy many items at once, and shop alone, according to Men’s Health.

    "Grocery Stores Are Adapting to More Male Shoppers — Whom They Treat Like Knuckleheads" is from the July 27, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • ‘Unboxing’ This Year’s Hot Toy: The LOL Surprise

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Moments after hearing about the L.O.L. Surprise Big Surprise on a Chicago radio station, Crystal Lessner was on the hunt for the popular — and increasingly sold-out — toy.

    "‘Unboxing’ This Year’s Hot Toy: The LOL Surprise" is from the November 06, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Unlikely Reason Americans Are Shopping at Target Again

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Analysts attributed that growth to Target’s success with private-label brands like the children’s line Cat & Jack, which Cornell said has racked up $2 billion in sales in one year, and a partnership with Victoria Beckham. Target is taking note: The company is introducing 12 more brands in the next 18 months, and recently announced a partnership with mattress start-up Casper.

    "The Unlikely Reason Americans Are Shopping at Target Again" is from the August 16, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why Ladies Didn't Love Dove's Latest Gender-Empowering Ad Stunt

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    After years of encouraging women to love their bodies, Dove set out to give its plastic bottles a makeover. The idea: “Just like women, we wanted to show that our iconic bottle can come in all shapes and sizes, too,” the company said on its website.

    "Why Ladies Didn't Love Dove's Latest Gender-Empowering Ad Stunt" is from the May 10, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Walmart Is Asking Employees to Deliver Packages on Their Way Home From Work

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Walmart’s newest tactic in its fight against online giant Amazon: Asking its employees to deliver online orders on their way home from work.

    "Walmart Is Asking Employees to Deliver Packages on Their Way Home From Work" is from the June 01, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Is Your Dog's Halloween Costume Sexist?

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Young girls may be discarding their princess wands for superhero capes this Halloween, but not so in the canine world.

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    • Good News for Retailers This Holiday Season: Americans Are Spending on Big-Ticket Items

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    Americans spent a record $2 billion online on Labor Day, making it one of the biggest online shopping days of the year and giving new hope to retailers ahead of the closely watched holiday season.

    "Good News for Retailers This Holiday Season: Americans Are Spending on Big-Ticket Items" is from the September 13, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Walmart Said It’s Giving Its Employees a Raise. And Then It Closed 63 Stores.

    • By: Abha Bhattarai, Todd C. Frankel
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Walmart, the largest U.S. private employer with more than 1 million workers, said Thursday it plans to raise starting wages from $9 to $11 an hour and hand out employee bonuses ranging from $200 to $1,000, becoming the latest company to give a least some of the credit for new worker benefits to the recently passed tax plan.

    "Walmart Said It’s Giving Its Employees a Raise. And Then It Closed 63 Stores." is from the January 11, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and Todd C. Frankel and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Trump’s D.C. Hotel Is Promising Government and Military Discounts, but Good Luck Getting Them

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    Donald Trump may be a federal employee now, but fellow government workers won’t be getting discounts at his Pennsylvania Avenue hotel — even if the hotel’s website promises otherwise.

    "Trump’s D.C. Hotel Is Promising Government and Military Discounts, but Good Luck Getting Them" is from the February 03, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • This 'Blue Collar Millionaire' Turned Her Family's Messes Into Slobproof Furniture

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    “I’d come home, and there’d be food all over the kitchen floor and counters, the sofa would be stained, and the cushions would be in the back yard somewhere,” said Wiener, who owns the interior design firm Designing Solutions. The walls were orange from Cheetos-covered fingerprints and the drapes were filthy, she said, because her husband frequently used them to clean his hands.

    "This 'Blue Collar Millionaire' Turned Her Family's Messes Into Slobproof Furniture" is from the January 13, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • BET Is Leaving Washington. Will It Lose Its 'Secret Sauce'?

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    BET Networks, the country’s largest cable network for African American audiences, is moving its headquarters from Washington to New York, ending a nearly 40-year relationship with its home town.

    "BET Is Leaving Washington. Will It Lose Its 'Secret Sauce'?" is from the May 10, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Millennials Think Coach Is 'Boring.' Will Acquiring Kate Spade Help?

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Luxury handbag maker Coach is buying rival Kate Spade, a brand known for its whimsical designs and colorful patterns, for $2.4 billion in cash, the companies announced Monday.

    "Millennials Think Coach Is 'Boring.' Will Acquiring Kate Spade Help?" is from the May 08, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Amazon to Buy Whole Foods Market in Deal Valued at $13.7 Billion

    • By: Abha Bhattarai 
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    Amazon.com sent a shock wave through the grocery industry Friday when it announced plans to buy Whole Foods Market and formally enter the world of bricks-and-mortar retail.

    "Amazon to Buy Whole Foods Market in Deal Valued at $13.7 Billion" is from the June 16, 2017 Wonkblog section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai  and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Amazon's Bid for Whole Foods Sparks Speculation on What It Might Gobble up Next

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
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    Amazon.com’s surprise announcement last week that it would buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion sent rival grocery stocks plummeting. It also unleashed a flurry of speculation about the retail behemoth’s next move.

    "Amazon's Bid for Whole Foods Sparks Speculation on What It Might Gobble up Next" is from the June 20, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why Lego Wanted People to Stop Buying Its Toys

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 2 mins
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    "Why Lego Wanted People to Stop Buying Its Toys" is from the September 06, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Amazon Prime Day: Now an Opportunity for Worker Strikes, Consumer Protests Around the World

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Amazon workers, who have long gone on strike in the run-up to the holidays, have found a new occasion to get their employer’s attention: “Prime Day.”

    "Amazon Prime Day: Now an Opportunity for Worker Strikes, Consumer Protests Around the World" is from the July 16, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • U.S. Makers of Blue Jeans, Motorcycles and Other Goods Urge Caution on Tariffs

    • By: Abha Bhattarai, Rachel Siegel
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    President Trump may have targeted his threat of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, but business leaders across the economy are worried their products could become collateral damage.

    "U.S. Makers of Blue Jeans, Motorcycles and Other Goods Urge Caution on Tariffs" is from the March 06, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai, Rachel Siegel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Era of Holiday Deals Is Dead, and So Is Black Friday

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Fewer Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year than in previous years, as consumers grow accustomed to deep discounts year-round. Thirty-five percent of consumers who plan to shop during Thanksgiving week say they will do so on Black Friday, down from 51 percent last year and 59 percent the year before, according to consumer markets research from PwC, the professional services giant.

    "The Era of Holiday Deals Is Dead, and So Is Black Friday" is from the October 03, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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