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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. Season Two Featuring reporting from all eight Arctic countries, we ask: What is the Arctic? What’s changing there? And, why does this matter to all of us? Season One We tell the story of the American bison, and ask if – and how – we could ever have wild, free-roaming bison again.
||CleanS02 Episode 13: Try Harder||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...||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 12: Here Be Dragons||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. Find out more at...||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 11: Life Is Too Hard Without Music||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...||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 10: Nickel For Your Thoughts||Half of the Arctic is in Russia, and half of Russia is in the Arctic. Oil, minerals, pollution -- it's a web of complicated environmental stories that need to be told. But in Russia, investigative journalists have become an endangered species. Spend...||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 09: Who Asked You?||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? Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate. Our...||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 08: Oil and Water||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. Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate. ...||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 07: Hello Central||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...||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Extra 01: Scenes From Svalbard||Take a trip through the Norwegian archipelago, meet workers in the tourism industry, and get a glimpse of some charismatic Arctic megafauna. Plus, Newsmatch begins. Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate. Our reporting is made...||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 06: The Things I Can See On the Mountains||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...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 05: Just Decide||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,...||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 04: Becoming Arctic, Becoming Human||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. Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org. Our reporting is made possible by listeners...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 03: Impermafrost||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...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 02: Invisible Hands||When a major storm hit Shishmaref, Alaska in 2005, it 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...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 01: The Water is Wide||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. Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org. Our reporting is made possible by listeners...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Preview||What is the Arctic, anyway? Like, is it the North Pole, or the south? Do penguins live there? Polar bears? What about people? On Threshold Season Two, we're taking you on a circumpolar journey to learn about one of the most important regions...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFilm Fest and More!||We're coming to the International Wildlife Film Festival! Amy Martin and Nick Mott will be presenting a sneak preview of season two of Threshold at the IWFF on Sunday, April 15 at 6 p.m. in Missoula, Montana. This is a fantastic festival that...||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Extras 09: The Long Game||In this final extra for season one, you'll meet Vernon Finley, Chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Amy talked to him last April about the decision to stop the process of transferring the lands of the National Bison Range back to...||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Extras 08: Dustin Ranglack||What does it feel like to run with a bison herd? Dr. Dustin Ranglack knows. He spent years studying one of the country's wildest herds in Utah's Henry Mountains. Meet Dustin and Threshold Assistant Producer Nick Mott in this penultimate bison extra....||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Extras 07: Preview and Review Featuring You||To become one of the extremely good-looking people who supports Threshold on Patreon, click here. To learn more about the Gwich'in and the Arctic National Wildlife refuge, click here. To be among the first to know when season two is ready, and to get...||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Extras 06: Breaking News on the National Bison Range||Today, the Missoulian is reporting that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is planning to "change course" on the proposed transfer of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes -- meaning his agency is not going to...||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 07: Oh Give Me A Home||In the last episode of Season One of Threshold, 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...||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 06: Territory Folks Should All Be Pals||Visit the American Prairie Reserve, a conservation project in the heart of Montana that could eventually be home to 10,000 bison. The vision is to stitch together 3.5 million acres of public and private lands to form the largest wildlife park in the...||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 05: Heirs to the Most Glorious Heritage||"We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune." ~ Theodore Roosevelt In 1908, the National Bison Range was created by carving...||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Extras 05: Dome Mountain||Lennae Klyap of Dome Mountain Ranch talks about what happened when a lone bison bull migrated onto the ranch's property north of Yellowstone.||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 04: Tatanka Oyate||In episode four of Threshold, we meet Robbie Magnan of the Fort Peck Tribes. He believes his community can prosper in the future by reconnecting with their roots as the Tatanka Oyate — the buffalo people. Magnan has built a quarantine facility that...||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Extras 04: Out of Africa||Humans first encountered bison more than 75,000 years ago, as we migrated north out of Africa. We retrace that journey across Europe and Asia, and into the Americas.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Extras 03: Superintendent Wenk||Yellowstone Park Superintendent Dan Wenk gives his take on the bison conundrum.||2/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 03: Born Free||Born Free||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Extras 02: Bindu||A Yellowstone visitor tries to explain how it feels to watch the country's largest wild bison herd grazing in the Lamar Valley.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Extras 01: Snow||Snow||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 02: "The Red Man Was Pressed"||How did we go from more than 50 million wild bison to just 23 free-roaming animals? And how does the decimation of the herds relate to the oppression of Native Americans? Find out on this episode of Threshold. Each season, Threshold podcast explores...||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 01: For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People||Yellowstone National Park is where we saved the American bison from extinction. But each year, we slaughter hundreds of animals from this prized herd. Why? Learn more on this episode of Threshold.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThreshold Podcast Season 01 Preview||Threshold Podcast - Stories of Life On Earth||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
So well done
Fair, balanced, and utterly fascinating. Thank you for this wonderful, insightful podcast about bison and the bigger issue of how we humans view each other and our fellow species.
Thoughtful Reporting, Captivating Storytelling
The American Bison is mighty, intriguing and controversial. Threshold respectfully gives voice to all of the key players in a way that easily has listeners understanding the situation from multiple sides. I'm looking forward to hearing the story being told in this long form, detailed fashion. It's the kind of considerate reporting that makes me feel invested, informed and impatiently awaiting the next episode.
I've listened to the host's reporting on Montana Public Radio (MTPR) over the last year and was excited to hear this first episode on our local station today. Somewhere between the science and cultural story lines of Radiolab and This American Life, respectively (which are both long-time favorites), I think I will enjoy the in-depth development permitted with the multi-episode format (similar to Serial).
While I live in Montana, I've never really been interested in the bison story. It's only been one episode, but it seems like the host and program's format have the potential to change that for me. I suspect that will be true for listeners wherever they live. I'm now a subscriber and looking forward to the rest!