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Threshold S02 Episode Thirteen: Try Harder

Dec 18, 2018
Sisimiut, Greenland at sunset
Amy Martin

18 months of reporting. All eight Arctic countries. So many fascinating people. On the final episode of season two of Threshold, we pull back a little and try to see the big picture. Join us as we bust some myths, travel back in time in a Swedish forest, and search for roadmaps into the future.

Threshold S02 Episode Twelve: Here Be Dragons

Dec 11, 2018
Camp on the Greenland ice sheet
Amy Martin

The Greenland ice sheet is basically a giant ice cube the size of Alaska. What happens when it melts? We spent five days camping out on the ice with a team of scientists who are trying to find out.

Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, in far northeastern Canada
Nick Mott

All across the Arctic, indigenous languages are on the decline. But in many communities, people are finding new ways to reclaim both language and culture. Join some Inuit rockers in northern Canada in the recording studio, singing in their own language and making their first new studio album in more than 30 years.

Threshold S02 Episode Nine: Who Asked You?

Nov 20, 2018
Anna Kireeva in Murmansk, Russia
Amy Martin

Russia has more land in the Arctic than any other nation. It's also a regime that does not tolerate dissent. What does this mean for residents of Murmansk, the Arctic's largest city?

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 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 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.

Sunset over the seawall in Shishmaref, Alaska.
Nick Mott

Montana Public Radio is launching season two of Threshold, the podcast and radio show we sponsor that tackles one pressing environmental issue each season. Season one explored the story of the American bison and asked if and how we could ever have wild, free-roaming bison again.

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.

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