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Threshold is a Peabody Award-winning 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.org Season 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 3 -- "The Refuge" The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Threshold is a Peabody Award-winning 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.org Season 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 3 -- "The Refuge" The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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An all-time favorite

By angela hessenius - May 24 2020
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The Threshold team does an incredible job reporting and storytelling - not only do they pick great issues to dive into, but they look at things from multiple perspectives, they embrace rather than shy away from complexity, and they bring us listeners on a journey to where ecology and humanity intersect in a way that is so refreshing and needed.

Fantastic & thorough

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

iTunes Ratings

289 Ratings
Average Ratings
272
10
1
4
2

An all-time favorite

By angela hessenius - May 24 2020
Read more
The Threshold team does an incredible job reporting and storytelling - not only do they pick great issues to dive into, but they look at things from multiple perspectives, they embrace rather than shy away from complexity, and they bring us listeners on a journey to where ecology and humanity intersect in a way that is so refreshing and needed.

Fantastic & thorough

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

Latest release on Aug 11, 2020

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Threshold is a Peabody Award-winning 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.org Season 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 3 -- "The Refuge" The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Rank #1: The Refuge | 1 | 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.  

Learn more about Threshold on our website. 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: Oh, Give Me A Home | 3 | 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 #3: Oh, Give Me A Home | 5 | 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 #4: Oh, Give Me A Home | 4 | 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 #5: The Refuge | 2 | 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.

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

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #6: Oh, Give Me A Home | 7 | 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 #7: The Refuge | 4 | 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.

Learn more about Threshold on our website. 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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Rank #8: Oh, Give Me A Home | 6 | 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 #9: Cold Comfort | 1 | 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 #10: The Refuge | 5 | 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. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 27 2019

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Rank #11: Cold Comfort | 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 #12: The Refuge | 3 | 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.

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.

Dec 09 2019

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Rank #13: The Refuge | 3 | 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. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 09 2019

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Rank #14: Cold Comfort | 8 | Oil and Water

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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.

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 13 2018

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Rank #15: Oh, Give Me A Home | Extra 4 | Out of Africa

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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.

Feb 21 2017

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Rank #16: Cold Comfort | 5 | 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 #17: Cold Comfort | 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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Rank #18: Cold Comfort | 2 | 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 #19: Cold Comfort | 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 #20: Cold Comfort | 4 | 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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Inside the Panda Suit with Ami Vitale

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Being a National Geographic photographer may seem glamorous, but sometimes the work just plain stinks—literally! 

Ami Vitale is an internationally-renowned photographer whose work invites us into extraordinary, intimate interactions between humans and wild creatures, and shines a light on the complicated relationships we have with our fellow beings. She’s received some of the biggest honors in the photography world, including a National Geographic photo of the decade and five (!) World Press Photo of the Year awards. 

And, to create all that amazing work she at times has to put herself in some unpleasant situations. 

Join our host Amy Martin and Ami Vitale on August 27 for a live recording of Threshold Conversations to hear their discussion, and take a peek behind the scenes to see how the sausage—er, podcast—gets made.

You can find details and tickets on our website: https://www.thresholdpodcast.org/threshold-conversations-live-with-ami-vitale

All proceeds from this event support Threshold’s independent, non-profit journalism. 

Aug 11 2020

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Threshold Conversations | 3 | J. Drew Lanham

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J. Drew Lanham is a Distinguished Professor at Clemson University, and an author, orator and Poet Laureate from Edgefield, SC. As a Black American, he’s intrigued by how ethnic prisms shape perceptions of nature and its care. His writing focuses on his passion for the natural world, and the personal and societal conflicts that sometimes put conservation and culture at odds. His award-winning book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature, came out in 2016.

In this episode of Threshold Conversations, host Amy Martin talks with Drew about his relationship to wild things, wild places, and social justice, and his experiences as a Black scientist and birder.

Threshold Conversations is an ongoing series featuring interviews with environmental thought leaders on some of the most urgent environmental and social issues today.

Threshold Conversations is supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, as well as the Park Foundation, the High Stakes Foundation, and our home public radio station, Montana Public Radio.

Learn more about Threshold on our website.

Jul 21 2020

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Threshold Conversations | 2 | Alfredo Corchado

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In the second episode of Threshold Conversations, Amy talks with award-winning journalist Alfredo Corchado. As Mexico Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News, Alfredo is one of the nation’s leading reporters covering the complicated issues playing out at the U.S./Mexico border.

We all depend on the food we eat, and on the people who raise, grow, and harvest that food for us. In the United States, a huge number of the people who do that work are undocumented immigrants. Today, Alfredo discusses what coronavirus means for this vulnerable and important population and his own experience growing up and working in the fields of California’s Central Valley. He also discusses the intersection of climate, immigration, and food security.

Threshold Conversations is supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, as well as the Park Foundation, the High Stakes Foundation, and our home public radio station, Montana Public Radio.

Learn more about Threshold on our website.

Jun 30 2020

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Peabody!

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Threshold Wins a Peabody Award!

Threshold was selected as one of 30 Peabody Award winners from a pool of nearly 1,300 submissions. This one of the most prestigious awards in media. We're thrilled!

The board of jurors awarded the Peabody to Threshold’s most recent season, “The Refuge,” which examined the controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The jurors wrote,  “This five-part series examines the battle for the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and opens up into a superb account of environmental activism, Alaskan Native rights, and the politics of oil and gas exploration.”

About the Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media. Each year, Peabody Awards are bestowed upon a curated collection of 30 stories that capture society’s most important issues — known as the Peabody 30. Honorees must be unanimously chosen by the Peabody Board of Jurors, a diverse assembly of industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists who each bring a unique perspective of what constitutes a story that matters. From major Hollywood productions to local journalism, the network of Peabody Awards winners is a definitive collection of society’s most important stories and storytellers.

Huge thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us.

And also to:

Pulitzer Center

Montana Public Radio

Park Foundation

High Stakes Foundation

NewsMatch

the William H and Mary Wattis Harris Foundation

Threshold’s community of listeners and donors

Jun 10 2020

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Alone Together | 5 | The End?

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Each week, we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy time, when we’re confronting a national crisis together — from alone in our homes. 

This week, we’re asking: Is this the end of the lockdown for you? Or are you still in quarantine mode? Send us some audio that captures the sound of this weird, nebulous moment. Record up to one minute of audio and send it our way. To participate, go to www.thresholdpodcast.org. We’ve posted everything you need to know on how to record and how to submit. 

On our website, you can also find our listener survey. We’re eager to know more about the folks who listen to our podcast. It’ll take just a few minutes of your time—and if you complete it, you’ll be entered to win an REI backpack cooler. 

May 13 2020

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Threshold Conversations | 1 | Kendra Pierre-Louis

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Hey! We’re starting a new thing!

Welcome to Threshold Conversations, a new series featuring interviews with environmental thought leaders.

We're still doing our main show—our documentary work, where we take you on a journey deep into one pressing issue. But between seasons of Threshold, we're going to start sharing interviews with people who have interesting things to say on important issues impacting cultures, creatures, and ecosystems around the world.

For our inaugural episode, Amy talks with Kendra Pierre-Louis, a climate reporter at The New York Times, to discuss how coronavirus intersects with a number of the environmental stories she tracks every day.

Threshold Conversations is supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, as well as the Park Foundation, the High Stakes Foundation, and our home public radio station, Montana Public Radio.

Our work is also made possible by listeners like you. This week, we’re aiming to raise $3,000 as part of Giving Tuesday Now. Every contribution makes a difference, no matter the size. You can choose to give monthly or make an individual gift. Just go to thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

Thank you for helping us to keep independent, nonprofit journalism afloat in the choppy pandemic waters!

Learn more about Threshold on our website.

May 07 2020

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Alone Together | 4 | Pandemic Playlist — and Peabody Award!!

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Each week, we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy time, when we’re confronting a national crisis together — from alone in our homes. 

This week, we’re asking: Tell us about a song or a piece of music that’s especially meaningful to you right now. Or — sing it to us. Record up to one minute of audio and send it our way. To participate, go to www.thresholdpodcast.org. We’ve posted everything you need to know on how to record and how to submit. 

Just a couple days ago, we also found out that we’re one of 60 finalists for the Peabody Awards. They’re one of the biggest and most prestigious awards in journalism. And we’re just wowed that they selected us as a finalist - out of more than 1,200 submissions. We could never have done this without you, our listeners. We’re halfway to our goal of $3,000 for Giving Tuesday Now - to show your support, visit thresholdpodcast.org/donate. Thank you.

May 06 2020

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Giving Tuesday Now

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Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday Now, a new global day of giving to address the immense need created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re participating in this campaign all week long. 

Nonprofit, independent journalism is more important than ever. If you can, we hope you'll help Threshold stay afloat during these uncertain times. You'll be joining the millions of people around the world who are contributing to causes they care about. Every donation, whether $5 or $500, helps us to hit our goal of raising $3,000 by the end of day Friday. 

Visit thresholdpodcast.org and click “Donate” to contribute. Thank you.

May 04 2020

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Alone Together | 3 | Down in a Hole

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Each week, we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy time, when we’re confronting a national crisis together — from alone in our homes. 

This week, we’re asking: What is breaking your heart right now? Does your sadness have a sound, or do you just want to tell us about it? How are you handling your grief? What are you doing with it, especially when you can’t go be with the people you love? 

Record up to one minute of audio and send it our way. To participate, go to www.thresholdpodcast.org. We’ve posted everything you need to know on how to record and how to submit. 

Apr 29 2020

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Alone Together | 2 | Quarangreening

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Each week, we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy time, when we’re confronting a national crisis together — from alone in our homes. 

This week, we’re asking: How is the natural world helping you to get through this? And if you can’t access nature at all right now, what are you missing the most? How are you quarangreening? Or, how are you longing to?

Record up to one minute of audio and send it our way. To participate, go to www.thresholdpodcast.org. We’ve posted everything you need to know on how to record and how to submit.

Apr 22 2020

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Alone Together | 1 | Sunrise in Lockdown

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We’re launching a new project for this weird time we’re living in. It’s a time when we’re confronting a national crisis together. But we’re doing it from our homes, isolated and often alone.

So we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy moment. Every week, starting today, we’ll give you a prompt. Your mission - if you choose to accept it - is to record up to one minute of sound in response to that prompt, and send it our way.

This week’s prompt: Sunrise in Lockdown. What does waking up during the pandemic sound like in your world?

To participate, go to www.thresholdpodcast.org. We’ve posted everything you need to know on how to record and how to submit. 

Apr 15 2020

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Cold Comfort | Extra 4 | Ada Blackjack

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To get us through this trying time, we’re inviting you around a virtual bonfire to share an Arctic story from our vault. 

In the 1920s, Ada Blackjack, an Iñupiaq woman from Nome, Alaska, was recruited to tag along on an expedition to a remote chunk of land north of Siberia called Wrangel Island. Along with four men, seven sled dogs, and a cat, she set off in September of 1921. The trip was anticipated to last a year. But just about nothing on that trip went according to plan. 

In this Threshold extra, we follow Ada’s journey, a tale that could have lots to teach us about our own time of isolation.

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.

Apr 10 2020

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The Refuge | 5 | 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. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 27 2019

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The Refuge | 4 | 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.

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.

Dec 20 2019

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The Refuge | 4 | 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.

Learn more about Threshold on our website. 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. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. 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 | 3 | 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. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 09 2019

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The Refuge | 3 | 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.

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This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Dec 09 2019

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The Refuge | 2 | 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.

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Nov 20 2019

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The Refuge | 1 | 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.  

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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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By angela hessenius - May 24 2020
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The Threshold team does an incredible job reporting and storytelling - not only do they pick great issues to dive into, but they look at things from multiple perspectives, they embrace rather than shy away from complexity, and they bring us listeners on a journey to where ecology and humanity intersect in a way that is so refreshing and needed.

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