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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.
||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|
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.