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The Refuge E5: Path Dependence

Jan 7, 2020
Vebjorn Reitan on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Nick Mott / Threshold

When the debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge first emerged, most people had never heard of global warming. So over the last four decades, the controversies over oil in the Refuge and climate change evolved on different tracks.

The Refuge E4: Do It In A Good Way

Dec 22, 2019
Sarah James in Arctic Village, Alaska
Amy Martin / Threshold

The Gwich’in have lived and hunted in the Refuge long before it was carved out as federal, protected land. Their territory spans a huge swath of northeastern Alaska and northwestern Canada, and their health and culture depends on the Porcupine caribou herd - a group of animals 200,000 strong that calve on the area of the coastal plain slated for drilling.

The Refuge E3: Listen To The People

Dec 17, 2019
Polar bear outside Kaktovik, Alaska
Nick Mott/Threshold / Nick Mott/Threshold

We continue our reporting from Kaktovik, Alaska—the only town within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—to find out how the conflict over drilling for oil in the refuge feels to the people who live there. 

Threshold's The Refuge E1: Sibling Rivalry

Nov 12, 2019
A polar bear outside Kaktovik, Alaska - the only village within the boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Nick Mott / Threshold


The question for whether or not we should drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most contentious public lands debates in the United States. Even though most Americans would have a hard time finding it on a map, just about everyone seems to have very intense feelings about oil exploration in the refuge.

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.

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