Thursday: Target closure, NFB Oscar nomination, Dawson City camper van, and more...

It launched in Canada less than two years ago -- but today, the U.S. retail chain Target announced it was closing every one of its stores, leaving nearly 18,000 employees facing the unknown...for a short film she says is her most personal, a Montreal animator receives a third Academy Award nomination...and a travelling Halifax musician wintering in Dawson City stacks so much hay...
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It launched in Canada less than two years ago -- but today, the U.S. retail chain Target announced it was closing every one of its stores, leaving nearly 18,000 employees facing the unknown...for a short film she says is her most personal, a Montreal animator receives a third Academy Award nomination...and a travelling Halifax musician wintering in Dawson City stacks so much hay around his van it looks like the first little pig's house.

 

Part One

Target closes in Canada
Less than two years ago, the American retail chain Target opened in Canada, to great fanfare. But there was no trumpeting today, after the announcement that it will be closing all of its stores across the country.

Boko Haram
Newly published photographs show the truly horrific extent of Boko Haram's recent rampage in Nigeria. Hundreds are dead, and thousands of buildings destroyed -- and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling the attacks "a crime against humanity". Our guest speaks to us about the survivors who spoke with him.

Dawson City camper van
Last summer, Cud Eastbound packed up his instruments in his 1977 Dodge Camper Van -- and headed Westbound. He settled down to live in his van in Dawson City, Yukon. Then the winter hit.

Part Two

Riker's stops solitary
Riker's Island jail in New York still won't be a welcoming place -- but its surprise announcement that it's eliminating solitary confinement for prisoners 21 and under is welcome to advocates of reform.

Crisp cafe
It started as a joke -- but now, the owner of a Belfast café that serves only potato-chip sandwiches is finding an awful lot of customers are taking it seriously.

Part Three

NFB animated film "Me and My Moulton" earns Oscar nod
They call them "Oscar nods", for some reason. And by this point, Montreal animator Torill Kove is probably nodding right along -- given that she's won one Academy Award already, and was nominated today for the third time.

Birds in a lorry
Would a truck carrying birds weigh less if the birds were flying? Science finally reaches a conclusion about a question that science doesn't seem to realize no one else was asking.

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