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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.
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!
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.
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.
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 people see opportunity in sea ice loss. This time, take a seat in the captain's chair of a Finnish icebreaker, sing along with a very musical Alaskan mayor, and find out what it means when the world gets a whole new ocean.   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.
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?
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.
Yellowstone Park Superintendent Dan Wenk gives his take on the bison conundrum.
Each season, Threshold explores one story from the natural world, and what it says about us. Season one focuses on the American bison. When you start out talking about bison, you end up talking about America. Wherever you are in the U.S., bison used to live there too. How did that change so drastically, so quickly? Can the U.S. ever have wild, free-roaming bison again? Should we? Threshold podcast dives deep into the history of the American bison to understand who we are, where we've been, and where we're going. 
A Yellowstone visitor tries to explain how it feels to watch the country's largest wild bison herd grazing in the Lamar Valley.
What is the Arctic, anyway? Like, is it the North Pole, or the south? Do penguins live there? Polar bears? What about people? On Threshold Season Two, we're taking you on a circumpolar journey to learn about one of the most important regions of the planet: the polar north. Most of us don't think about it very much. But we should. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet and the changes happening there have the power to push climate change to a whole 'nother level of bad. We traveled to all eight Arctic countries to find out what the Arctic is, how it's changing, and why that matters to all of us.  Coming September 25. 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.  
To become one of the extremely good-looking people who supports Threshold on Patreon, click here. To learn more about the Gwich'in and the Arctic National Wildlife refuge, click here. To be among the first to know when season two is ready, and to get lots of fun pictures and insider info while we busily prepare it for you, join our mailing list. We are so grateful to all of our listeners and donors! Thank you!      
Today, the Missoulian is reporting that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is planning to "change course" on the proposed transfer of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes -- meaning his agency is not going to support the proposed transfer. We reported on this story in episode five of season one. Check out this page to see pictures and videos of the National Bison Range, to learn more about the CSKT, and to find out about the lawsuit to stop the proposed transfer. Zinke is a Montanan who formerly served as the state's sole representative in the U.S. House (yep, Montana only gets one).    
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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Podcast Details

Started
Jan 27th, 2017
Latest Episode
Jan 14th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
51
Avg. Episode Length
23 minutes
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