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Threshold is a public radio show and podcast that tackles one pressing environmental issue each season. We report the story where it's happening through a range of voices and perspectives. Our goal is to be a home for nuanced journalism about human relationships with the natural world.

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Season 1 -- "Oh Give Me a Home"
Can we ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?

Season 2 -- "Cold Comfort"
Climate change in the Arctic through the eyes of people who live there.

Season 2 Extra Miniseries -- "The Refuge"
The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Threshold S02 Episode Eight: Oil And Water

Nov 15, 2018
Bowhead whale bones in Utqiagvik, Alaska
Amy Martin

What happens when the thing you can't live without in the short term threatens your very existence in the long run? Meet two whalers in Utqiagvik, Alaska trying to answer that question.

Threshold S02 Episode Seven: Hello Central

Nov 7, 2018
The icebreaker Polaris in Finland
Amy Martin

If there's one thing everybody's heard about the Arctic, it's that sea ice is melting, and that's bad news. But what's less well-known is that some people see opportunity in sea ice loss. This time, take a seat in the captain's chair of a Finnish icebreaker, sing along with a very musical Alaskan mayor, and find out what it means when the world gets a whole new ocean.

Threshold S02 Episode Six: The Things I Can See On The Mountains

Oct 30, 2018
Reiulf Aleksandersen throwing a lasso in Norway
Amy Martin

After thousands of years of tradition, a shifting climate is forcing changes in the way Sámi families herd reindeer. But some climate solutions are also threatening their way of life. This is the story of the Aleksandersens, a Sámi reindeer herding family in northern Norway.

Threshold S02 Episode Five: Just Decide

Oct 23, 2018
Dusk in Tromsø, Norway
Amy Martin

Everyone's heard of Vikings - their daring North Atlantic voyages, their mysterious runes. But there's another ancient culture in Arctic Scandinavia that's much older, and just as fascinating - the Sámi. While the Vikings have been celebrated, Sámi music, language and traditions were forced underground. Why?

Threshold S02 Episode Four: Becoming Arctic, Becoming Human

Oct 16, 2018
Orbis et Globus on Grimsey, an island off the northern coast of Iceland
Amy Martin

An eight-ton concrete ball and a 32,000-year-old needle collection. What's all this got to do with the Arctic? Find out on this episode of Threshold.

Threshold S02 Episode Three: Impermafrost

Oct 10, 2018
The Arctic sun in Sweden
Amy Martin

All across the Arctic, frozen soil is thawing out. A lot of stuff is buried there -- plants and animals that lived more than 10,000 years ago. What happens when a Paleolithic bison bone starts to decompose for the first time? And what does that have to do with climate change?

Threshold S02 Episode Two: Invisible Hands

Oct 7, 2018
Shishmaref, Alaska.
Auricle Productions

When a major storm hit Shishmaref, Alaska in 2005, the town became a poster child for climate change in the Arctic. Dramatic pictures of houses falling into the sea showed up in news outlets around the world. But the story here starts way before that storm.

Threshold S02 Episode One: The Water Is Wide

Sep 25, 2018
Waves pound a seawall in Shishmaref, Alaska
Nick Mott

In Shishmaref, Alaska, no one’s asking if climate change is real. What they want to know is how bad it has to get before the world decides to act.

Each season, Threshold explores one story from the natural world, and what it says about us. Season two is all about the Arctic: what it is, what’s changing there, and why that matters for everybody.

Join Threshold podcast's Amy Martin at the International Wildlife Film Festival for a behind-the-scenes look at one of this year's most exciting podcasts. Amy will discuss some of her decisions as producer and editor of her podcast about the past, present and future of bison and people.

Threshold Episode 07: Oh Give Me A Home

Mar 16, 2017
Students in Gardiner, MT share their schoolyard with wildlife, including elk and bison.
Amy Martin

In the final episode of Threshold season 01, listeners will encounter pearls of wisdom from youth who have grown up with bison in their midst, and take a trip to the Oakland Zoo, which will soon receive buffalo from the Blackfeet tribe that will help jumpstart a conservation herd there. We also conjure the big ideas driving this first season - what's our future with this animal? How does that connect with our history? Can America ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?

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