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Each season, Threshold podcast explores one story from the natural world, and what it says about us. Season one focuses on the American bison. When you start out talking about bison, you end up talking about America. Wherever you are in the U.S., bison used to live there too. How did that change so drastically, so quickly? Can the U.S. ever have wild, free-roaming bison again? Should we? Threshold podcast dives deep into the history of the American bison to understand who we are, where we've been, and where we're going. Come along, beginning February 2, 2017.

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Stirring, Moving, and Important

American bison have always been awe-inspiring to me. I remember learning a bit about them in school—how the the plains nations of Native Americans relied on them and the westward expansion of manifest destiny led to their near extinction. But the remarkable story about how this species still persits has relevance in this day and age is one can't wait to hear. Apparently, this future of American bison is very much in the air right now so it's a good time to become an informed citizen around this sentinel species.

Additionally, after listening to the first episode of this new podcast I could tell it's only going to get better. If, as the host, Amy Martin, continues to develop and hone her storytelling skills I think this podcast could easily become the "go to" podcast for the exploration of the natural world and humanity's relationship with our environment. Sarah Vowell, of "Daily Show" and "This American Life" fame consulted with the show during its development and it seems like the show took some good notes from her. I'm excited to see what the rest of the first season holds—and the direction it will take in the future.

Full Disclosure: Amy was a couple years ahead of me in the philosophy program of our undergraduate institution. I don't know her well but I've been supportive of this project since I first learned about it.


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!

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.

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