Threshold 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.thresholdpodcast.org
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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.thresholdpodcast.org

Most Recent Episodes

Conversations | 10 | Inuit Food Security, Inuit Sovereignty

"There needs to be a lot more equity given at tables for indigenous knowledge, and for indigenous knowledge to inform decision making," says Carolina Behe. Carolina Behe, John Noksana and Mumilaaq Qaqqaq are all pushing for self-determination across the Inuit homelands, which extend from eastern Russia all the way to Greenland. In this episode, producers Amy Martin and Nick Mott talk with Carolina, John, and Mumilaaq about sovereignty in the North. John, an Inuit hunter from Northern Canada and Carolina, the Indigenous Knowledge and Science Advisor for the Inuit Circumpolar Council in Alaska, discuss how food security fits into a bigger picture of Inuit self-determination. Then, we hear from Mumilaaq, who's addressing that bigger picture on an even larger stage: in Canada's Parliament. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent, nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate.

The Refuge | Extra 3 | Lease Sale in the Refuge: An Analysis

After four decades of fighting, the lease sale for drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was held on January 6, 2021. Amy sat down with David Aaronovitch of The Times of London to talk about what happened at the lease sale for their podcast, "Stories of our Times." Amy and David talk about what the outcome means for the future of the refuge, and also revisit some of the central questions of season three of Threshold: Why drill in the refuge? Who stands to gain—or lose—the most from drilling? And how does the legacy of colonization come into play here? This episode is reposted with permission from "Stories of our Times." Learn more about Threshold on our website. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here.

Breaking Bison News: The National Bison Range, Revisited

Last week, the National Bison Range in northwest Montana was returned to the people of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. As part of the COVID relief bill signed into law at the end of December, the lands of the bison range were returned to the Flathead Reservation. There will be a two-year transition period as the management duties are passed off from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and after that, the CSKT will be the exclusive manager of the National Bison Range and this herd. To make sense of this monumental change, we're re-broadcasting our episode on the National Bison Range from Season One of our show, "Heirs To The Most Glorious Heritage." If you haven't already, listen to more of the story of the American bison in season one of Threshold.

The Refuge | Extra 2 | "Arbitrary and Capricious?" The Latest on the Refuge

The controversy over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is at a critical point: a lease sale may be just days away, but lawsuits have piled up that could put a stop to that sale and put a wrench in the federal government's efforts to open the refuge to drilling. In this update to our Peabody Award-winning series The Refuge, we dive into this moment through conversations with three lawyers and Vebjørn Aishana Reitan, a polar bear guide in Kaktovik, the only village within the refuge. Do these lawsuits hold water? What impacts might they have? And what's next for the people living closest to the refuge, whatever happens in court? To listen to our series The Refuge, head over to Threshold's website or find it on Threshold's feed wherever you're listening to this podcast. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate All donations through the end of the year will be doubled by NewsMatch.

The Refuge | Extra 2 | "Arbitrary and Capricious?" The Latest on the Refuge

Threshold Conversations | 9 | Hank Green

DFTBA — Don't Forget To Be Awesome. That's the motto of Vlogbrothers, a wildly popular YouTube channel. On this episode of Threshold Conversations, we talk with one of the creators of that channel, Hank Green. In addition to his YouTube stardom, he's a science communicator, novelist, and entrepreneur. Hank talks to us about how DFTBA reminds us to do the work to be good friends and citizens, about his passion for bringing science to the masses, and why all great communication begins with empathy. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate All donations through the end of the year will be doubled by NewsMatch.

Breaking News: Refuge Lease Sale Scheduled

Today the Trump administration published a "notice of sale" of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. What that means is on January 6, 2021 oil and gas companies will be able to bid for the right to drill in the coastal plain of the refuge. Stay tuned to our feed for more coverage as this unfolds. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate All donations through the end of the year will be doubled by NewsMatch.

Cold Comfort | Extra 5 | Cry O Sphere

The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of frozen water in the world, with the potential to raise sea levels by 23 feet if it melts. In this Threshold extra, we're talking with leading climate scientists and glaciologists about the cryosphere—all the things that are frozen in the Earth's system: permafrost, sea ice, land ice, and snow. We take a close look at how two of its key elements have fared in 2020: the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic sea ice. Each of these components of the cryosphere has large and immediate impacts on our climate. And their fate will affect everything from health care to migration, national security, and what life might look like in a rapidly changing world. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate All donations through the end of the year will be doubled by NewsMatch.

Giving Thanks

In such a challenging time, it seems important to make some space for gratitude. Here's what the Threshold team is thinking about. If you enjoy this podcast, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate All donations through the end of the year will be doubled by NewsMatch.

Threshold Conversations | 8 | Robert Bullard

"Breathing is civil rights and breathing is environmental justice." Dr. Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor at Texas Southern University and a transformational figure in the environmental justice movement, says that the environment isn't just out in the woods and wilderness; it's everywhere. "It's where we live, work, play, worship, learn, as well as the physical and natural world," he says. Robert has devoted much of his life to documenting how environmental racism puts Black people and other people of color at higher risk from polluted air and water, natural disasters, and other natural threats. In this episode of Threshold Conversations, Amy and Robert talk about the origins of his pioneering research, the battle to get environmental justice on the agendas of large, White-dominated environmental groups, and what gives him hope. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate All donations through the end of the year will be doubled by NewsMatch.

Threshold Conversations | 7 | Bill McKibben

The word crisis comes from the Greek krisis, meaning the turning point in a disease. Today on Threshold Conversations, we sit down with author, activist, and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben to talk about the dual crises of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate All donations through the end of the year will be doubled by NewsMatch.

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