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

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Lucky Charms Cannot Find the Magic in Natural Ingredients — So It's Going Full-On Sugar Bomb

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Americans are eating less cereal, but executives at General Mills are hoping they’ve found a way to revive sales: By offering customers a chance to win one of 10,000 boxes filled with nothing but Lucky Charms marshmallows.

    "Lucky Charms Cannot Find the Magic in Natural Ingredients — So It's Going Full-On Sugar Bomb" is from the May 18, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • The Newest Silicon Valley Perk? Paid Time off to Protest Trump.

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Fauna, a San Francisco-based database start-up, recently began allowing its 13 employees to take unlimited paid leave to participate in rallies, vote, write letters to elected officials and take part in other civic activities.

    "The Newest Silicon Valley Perk? Paid Time off to Protest Trump." is from the April 18, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • This Is Probably the Most Ostentatious Christmas Catalogue You'll Ever Flip Through

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    What do you get the man or woman who has everything? Neiman Marcus has a few suggestions, starting with a $1.5 million Cobalt Valkyrie-X private plane in rose gold.

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    • Ikea Recalls 35 Million Dressers That Can Tip over on You

    • By: Abha Bhattarai
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    "Ikea Recalls 35 Million Dressers That Can Tip over on You" is from the June 28, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abha Bhattarai and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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