Threshold

Series produced by Amy Martin

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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.

Season Two

Featuring reporting from all eight Arctic countries, we ask: What is the Arctic? What’s changing there? And, why does this matter to all of us?

Season One

We tell the story of the American bison, and ask if – and how – we could ever have wild, free-roaming bison again.


26 Pieces

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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 lit...

Bought by KBUT and Wyoming Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 17, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 2
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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 wit...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 2
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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 c...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 2
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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 t...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
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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 M...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
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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, ...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
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If there's one thing everybody's heard about the Arctic, it's that sea ice is melting, and that's bad news. But what's less well-known is that some...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 30:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Take a trip through the Norwegian archipelago, meet workers in the tourism industry, and get a glimpse of some charismatic Arctic megafauna. Plus, ...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2018
  • Length: 18:33
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
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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 Scandinav...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 1
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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.

Bought by Prairie Public, Wyoming Public Radio, KBUT, WMPG, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Oct 15, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
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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...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 5
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Promos for Season Two of Threshold

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2018
  • Length: :58
  • Purchases: 3
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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 i...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
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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.

Bought by Prairie Public, Wyoming Public Radio, KPIP-LP, KSFR, and KBUT


  • Added: Sep 24, 2018
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 5
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What is the Arctic, how is it changing, and why does this matter to all of us?

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2018
  • Length: 04:09
  • Purchases: 1
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A few last bison stories before we turn our gaze to the north!

Bought by KPIP-LP and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 29:03
  • Purchases: 2
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In the final episode of season one of Threshold, listeners will encounter pearls of wisdom from youth who have grown up with bison in their midst, ...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:44
  • Purchases: 5
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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 ...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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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 Servic...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 6