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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.www.thresholdpodcast.orgSeason 1 -- "Oh Give Me a Home"Can we ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?Season 2 -- "Cold Comfort"Climate change in the Arctic through the eyes of people who live there.Season 2 Extra Miniseries -- "The Refuge"The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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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.www.thresholdpodcast.orgSeason 1 -- "Oh Give Me a Home"Can we ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?Season 2 -- "Cold Comfort"Climate change in the Arctic through the eyes of people who live there.Season 2 Extra Miniseries -- "The Refuge"The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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I look forward to every episode.

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The most beautiful podcast!

iTunes Ratings

258 Ratings
Average Ratings
243
9
1
3
2

Fantastic & thorough

By hannahsmith66 - Jan 03 2020
Read more
I look forward to every episode.

So good!

By real-people - Feb 22 2019
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The most beautiful podcast!
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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.www.thresholdpodcast.orgSeason 1 -- "Oh Give Me a Home"Can we ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?Season 2 -- "Cold Comfort"Climate change in the Arctic through the eyes of people who live there.Season 2 Extra Miniseries -- "The Refuge"The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Rank #1: The Refuge E1: Sibling Rivalry

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The question of whether or not we should drill for oil in Alaska’s 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, the topic seems to ignite intense feelings in just about everyone.

After 40 years of fighting, Congress voted in December 2017 to allow drilling in the refuge. As we release this, the Trump Administration says they’ll start auctioning off development rights to oil companies as soon as this winter. But opponents to drilling are trying to stop that from happening, and at this point, no one really knows how things will play out.

In this episode, we take you to the refuge, track down the origin story of the conflict, and follow that conflict through the decades.  

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center

Archival footage in this episode is from the documentaries Alaska Highway and Journey to Prudhoe, and from CNN, Eddy Arnold’s 1952 rendition of Smokey the Bear, PBS NewsHour, and ABC.

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #2: The Refuge E3: Listen to the People, Pt. 1

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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. The more we listened, the more we realized: the heart of the issue isn’t just over oil extraction and development, wilderness and wildlife. Whatever side people took, their focus is on their community, sovereignty, and survival.

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 09 2019

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Rank #3: The Refuge E2: To Secure the Blessings of Liberty

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For 40 years, the fight over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been waged mostly from afar, in Washington, D.C. But what would oil development mean to the people who live closest to the proposed drilling area? 

Kaktovik, Alaska is the only town within the boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Now that drilling has been approved by Congress, it could mean people here someday have oil rigs right next door. But it could also mean this small town is suddenly awash in cash. 

Kaktovik may have more to lose, and more to gain, than any other community in the country, so we’re going to spend two full episodes listening to people here.

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #4: S01 Episode 02: "The Red Man Was Pressed"

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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 one story from the natural world, and what it says about us. Season one focuses on the American bison. Dig into the history of the American bison, from their arrival in North America, to current controversies surrounding their management today.

Feb 09 2017

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Rank #5: S02 Episode 01: The Water is Wide

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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 like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

Sep 25 2018

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Rank #6: S01 Episode 05: Heirs to the Most Glorious Heritage

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"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 18,000 acres out of Montana's Flathead Reservation. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is willing to transfer the land back to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. But, a lawsuit has been filed to stop the proposed transfer. In this episode we meet tribal members who feel they are the rightful stewards of the land and the historic bison herd, and others who are trying to stop the transfer.

Mar 02 2017

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Rank #7: S02 Episode 02: Invisible Hands

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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.

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Oct 02 2018

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Rank #8: S01 Episode 07: Oh Give Me A Home

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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 help jumpstart a conservation herd there. We also conjure the big ideas driving this first season - what's our future with this animal? How does that connect with our history? Can America ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?

Mar 16 2017

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Rank #9: S01 Episode 03: Born Free

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Many cattle ranchers view wild bison as a threat to their livelihoods. But some think cattle and bison can coexist. On episode three of Threshold, you'll meet two cattle ranchers with different perspectives on wild bison — and, we'll take you on a controversial bison hunt.

Feb 16 2017

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Rank #10: S02 Episode 12: Here Be Dragons

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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 www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #11: S01 Episode 06: Territory Folks Should All Be Pals

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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 lower 48. But some nearby ranchers feel the push to build the APR is pushing them off their land, and they're mounting a resistance. We also try to solve the Great Elk Mystery: why are elk that have been exposed to brucellosis allowed to roam free in Montana, while bison are not?

Mar 09 2017

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Rank #12: S01 Episode 04: Tatanka Oyate

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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 could be an alternative to the Yellowstone bison slaughter, but right now it sits empty while more than a thousand bison are being culled from the herd. Why? We'll learn more about Magnan's vision for bison restoration, and investigate why some people are opposed to it.

Feb 23 2017

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Rank #13: S02 Episode 13: Try Harder

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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.

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Dec 18 2018

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Rank #14: S02 Episode 04: Becoming Arctic, Becoming Human

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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 like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Oct 16 2018

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Rank #15: S02 Episode 10: Nickel For Your Thoughts

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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 some time around a nickel smelter and meet a veteran journalist fighting to do his job.

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #16: S02 Episode 03: Impermafrost

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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?

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Oct 09 2018

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Rank #17: S02 Episode 05: Just Decide

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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, Sámi music, language and traditions were forced underground. Why?

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Oct 23 2018

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Rank #18: S02 Episode 09: Who Asked You?

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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 reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Nov 20 2018

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Rank #19: S02 Episode 06: The Things I Can See On the Mountains

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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.

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Oct 30 2018

31mins

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Rank #20: S02 Episode 11: Life Is Too Hard Without Music

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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.  

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Dec 04 2018

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Come Party With Us

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We did it! We not only met our fundraising goal - we blew right on past it. And that’s all thanks to you: our listeners and our donors. To celebrate, we’re hosting an online party on Thursday, January 23rd. The whole Threshold team will be there, and if you don'ated to Threshold in 2019 or the first few weeks of 2020, we’d love it if you attend too. 

Click here to RSVP for the shindig.

Thank you. We could not be doing this without you.

Jan 14 2020

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The Refuge E5: Path Dependence

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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. 

Now, those tracks are intersecting. We dive into the resulting tensions and contradictions around oil and climate in this final episode of our series on the Refuge.

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 27 2019

54mins

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The Refuge E4: Do It in a Good Way, Pt. 2

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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.

In this two-part episode, spend time in Arctic Village, a community just over the southern border of the Refuge, and hear from the Gwich’in about what’s at stake for them as development looms in the 1002 area.

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 20 2019

35mins

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The Refuge E4: Do It in a Good Way, Pt. 1

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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.

In this two-part episode, spend time in Arctic Village, a community just over the southern border of the Refuge, and hear from the Gwich’in about what’s at stake for them as development looms in the 1002 area.

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 20 2019

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The Refuge: Intermission

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We're moving from the coast to the interior of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to help you get a sense of what it feels like to travel through this vast area. Last summer, writer William deBuys took a raft trip from the Brooks Range in the middle of the Refuge all the way out to the Arctic Ocean. During his two weeks on the water, he got to travel alongside the Porcupine caribou herd, animals crucial to the debate playing out the fate of the coastal plain. You’ll hear lots more about these creatures on our next episode. 

This miniseries is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 12 2019

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The Refuge E3: Listen to the People, Pt. 2

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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. The more we listened, the more we realized: the heart of the issue isn’t just over oil extraction and development, wilderness and wildlife. Whatever side people took, their focus is on their community, sovereignty, and survival.

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 09 2019

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The Refuge E3: Listen to the People, Pt. 1

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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. The more we listened, the more we realized: the heart of the issue isn’t just over oil extraction and development, wilderness and wildlife. Whatever side people took, their focus is on their community, sovereignty, and survival.

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 09 2019

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Meet the Mystery Donor!

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We told you if you could help us raise $5,000 by last Monday, a generous listener would give an additional $1,000. And you did it! So today, meet the special donor who contributed this bonus to our membership drive! John Weaver is a wildlife biologist and rancher based in St. Ignatius, Montana, and a longtime fan of the show.

If you believe in what we’re doing and want to be part of making this show happen, please consider making a contribution today. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of the year. All donations right now are doubled by a program called NewsMatch. Contribute now to follow our progress and become part of our passionate network of donors!

Nov 27 2019

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The Refuge E2: To Secure the Blessings of Liberty

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For 40 years, the fight over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been waged mostly from afar, in Washington, D.C. But what would oil development mean to the people who live closest to the proposed drilling area? 

Kaktovik, Alaska is the only town within the boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Now that drilling has been approved by Congress, it could mean people here someday have oil rigs right next door. But it could also mean this small town is suddenly awash in cash. 

Kaktovik may have more to lose, and more to gain, than any other community in the country, so we’re going to spend two full episodes listening to people here.

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center

Nov 20 2019

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Challenge!!

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Can we reach $5,000 by November 18?? A generous listener has stepped up to donate an extra $1,000 if we can hit that mark by this time next week.

All donations right now - including those bonus dollars - are doubled by a program called NewsMatch. Contribute now to follow our progress and become part of our passionate network of donors!

Nov 11 2019

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The Refuge E1: Sibling Rivalry

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The question of whether or not we should drill for oil in Alaska’s 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, the topic seems to ignite intense feelings in just about everyone.

After 40 years of fighting, Congress voted in December 2017 to allow drilling in the refuge. As we release this, the Trump Administration says they’ll start auctioning off development rights to oil companies as soon as this winter. But opponents to drilling are trying to stop that from happening, and at this point, no one really knows how things will play out.

In this episode, we take you to the refuge, track down the origin story of the conflict, and follow that conflict through the decades.  

This series is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Right now, your donations up to $1,000 are being doubled by NewsMatch. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center

Archival footage in this episode is from the documentaries Alaska Highway and Journey to Prudhoe, and from CNN, Eddy Arnold’s 1952 rendition of Smokey the Bear, PBS NewsHour, and ABC.

Nov 06 2019

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Membership Drive Kickoff!

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Our annual membership drive begins today. For the next two months, all donations up to $1,000 are doubled. If you give ten dollars, we get twenty. If you give 500, we get 1,000. Join our passionate network of members by contributing now

For the last season of our show, we reported from all eight Arctic countries on climate change in the polar north. But we couldn’t stop there! We’ve created an additional miniseries about the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, where the stakes of oil drilling are higher and more immediate than ever. It premieres next week—stay tuned!

It’s been an exciting year for us. Season two of Threshold earned a national Edward R. Murrow award—one of the highest honors in our field—and a citation from the Overseas Press Club, placing second to The New York Times.

While we are heartened by this recognition, what matters most to us is our impact on listeners like you. We make Threshold for you, and also can’t make it without you. We’re a nonprofit, and we depend on passionate listeners and donors to sustain our in-depth process of reporting, editing, and producing this show. 

When you give to Threshold, you’re directly nourishing our ability to tell more stories about the most important issues of our time. You’re also nourishing democracy. Independent journalism is an essential element of a healthy society. We aim to shine a light on injustice, hold people in power accountable, and build a space where civil dialogue can flourish. 

Thank you for supporting us in this work.

You can learn more about what we do on our website.

Nov 01 2019

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The Refuge Preview

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We’re closing out two years of Arctic reporting with a new series about one of the oldest, most contentious, and most complex environmental issues in the United States—the future of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, Congress opened part of the refuge for oil and gas development, and the Trump administration says they aim to start selling the drilling rights this winter. But opponents to drilling are saying: not so fast.

The Refuge began as a bold vision to preserve enough land to sustain a whole web of Arctic animals. Today, these 19 million roadless acres are home to moose and caribou, wolves and foxes, and birds that fly in from around the world to nest. Polar bears are using the coastal areas as a true refuge as the world warms and the sea ice retreats.

But shortly after ANWR was created, an enormous oil deposit was discovered nearby, and a different vision for the far north took hold. Oil production at the Prudhoe Bay oil field transformed Alaska’s economy and provided thousands of jobs. For the last 40 years, these competing visions of public land, conservation, and natural resource development have been colliding. 

But this isn’t just a fight between environmentalists and oil companies—the indigenous communities in the region are also fighting to be heard. Both the Iñupiat and the Gwich’in have roots in the refuge that go back thousands of years. For some indigenous people, the refuge is sacred land that needs to be preserved. But others say oil development is the best hope for the future of their community.

Right now, this decades-long battle is coming to a head. Climate change is warming the Arctic twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and the plants, animals and people living there are struggling to adapt. Oil drilling could turn up those pressures, but as the Prudhoe Bay oil field continues drying up  many Alaskans see drilling in ANWR as the way to revive their faltering economy.

In this series, we ask what’s at stake if we drill in the refuge—and if we don’t. We also track down the origin story of this conflict, and try to understand how the fate of this remote Arctic refuge became one of the most contentious environmental issues in America today.

“The Refuge” starts next week on Threshold.

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.  The news clip in this preview was from KTOO Public Media. You can find their full story—and other reporting on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—here.

Oct 30 2019

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Threshold Presents: HumaNature

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In this special episode, we feature one of the many podcasts we love. HumaNature tells real stories about human experiences in nature, and helps us reflect on our role in a changing world. Today, tag along with writer Manasseh Franklin on her Alaskan journey to follow glacial melt to its source—on a raft

Find out more on our website.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters on Patreon.

Sep 25 2019

26mins

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S02 Extra 03: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

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What do "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice and "What Have You Done for Me Lately" by Janet Jackson have to do with the Arctic and climate change?   Find out in this season two special, which will take you on a journey into a permafrost tunnel near Fairbanks, Alaska. This tunnel is sort of a Paleo-museum, a network of human-made caves full of mammoth tusks, bison horns, and clumps of 20,000-year-old grass. All of which is frozen—for now.    Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become a part of our passionate network of supporters on Patreon.   This story/series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Sep 19 2019

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You! On Threshold!

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We’re working on a set of stories about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. There’s been a fight over the future of this area for decades, and Congress opened up oil and gas development there in late 2017.

This story was too big and too complex for our main Arctic series. So we’re giving it the time it deserves in its own miniseries. 

And we want you to participate.

We want to hear your personal, on-the-ground experiences in ANWR. When were you there? What did you see, hear, do? What did it make you feel? Did the experience surprise you in any way? How? We'd especially love to hear from people who live in Kaktovik and/or any of the communities in that region.

You can call in anonymously. Any and all voices are welcome -- whether your experiences in ANWR were good, bad, a mixture -- we just want our listeners to get a sense of what it's like to be there.

To send your story, call 1-800-437-3009. Enter code 31488.

Jun 17 2019

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S02 Earth Day Special

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What is the Arctic? Who lives there? How are their lives changing as the climate warms? In this Earth Day Special, we take listeners on a three-part journey across the polar north, drawing on our 18 months of research and reporting in all eight Arctic countries.

This one-hour Threshold Earth Day Special is formatted to the NPR clock and can be licensed for radio broadcast through PRX, here:http://exchange.prx.org/pieces/271817-s02-earth-day-special. Promotional material is also available through the PRX Exchange, here: https://exchange.prx.org/pieces/270418-s02-promos-earth-day-special.

Part I: On Grímsey Island, Iceland, an eight-ton concrete ball maps the path of the Arctic Circle as it moves an average of 14 meters each year.

Part II: The island town of Shishmaref, Alaska is only about a quarter of a mile wide, and thanks to the effects of climate change, it’s getting smaller each year. The town has voted to relocate to the mainland, but they need help to make the move. So far, no one seems to be listening.

Part III: 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.

Season two of Threshold, an award-winning podcast and public radio show, took listeners to the thawing soil and melting ice of the polar north, to experience this fast-changing part of the planet first-hand. All 13 episodes, each 29 minutes long, are also available for broadcast on PRX.

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Apr 05 2019

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S02 Extra 02: Blowing in the Wind: Aleksandersens Update

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Remember the Sámi family from episode six? The Aleksandersens face threats to their reindeer herding from both climate change and climate change solutions. But a lot has happened since our initial reporting. Spend some time surrounded by these beautiful, antlered ungulates, and get an update on the family’s fight against a nearby wind development.

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Mar 11 2019

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S02 Episode 13: Try Harder

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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.

Find out more at www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Dec 18 2018

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S02 Episode 12: Here Be Dragons

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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 www.thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters at https://www.patreon.com/thresholdpodcast.

This season is underwritten by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Production partners: Montana Public Radio and PRI’s The World.

Dec 11 2018

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Fantastic & thorough

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I look forward to every episode.

So good!

By real-people - Feb 22 2019
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The most beautiful podcast!