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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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242 Ratings
Average Ratings
227
9
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3
2

Awesome

By 🤠🤠🤠🤠121212121212 - Aug 29 2019
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I love this podcast

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 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

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

41mins

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Rank #2: 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.

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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

29mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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

29mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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

29mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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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Rank #13: 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

29mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: 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

31mins

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Rank #16: 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

35mins

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Rank #17: S02 Episode 08: 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 #18: S01 Extras 04: 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

19mins

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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: S01 Extras 05: Dome Mountain

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Lennae Klyap of Dome Mountain Ranch talks about what happened when a lone bison bull migrated onto the ranch's property north of Yellowstone.

Mar 01 2017

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