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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.

Threshold season two takes listeners to the Arctic. The region’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet —and where most coverage of the area begins with ice sheets and polar bears, we’re starting with people. So we’re taking you on a circumpolar journey. We’re talking with scientists, whalers, linguists, reindeer herders, even Inuit rock stars — and we’re asking: what is the Arctic, what’s changing there, and why does that matter for all of us?

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Latest Episodes
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • After thousands of years of tradition, a shifting climate is forcing changes in the way Sámi families herd reindeer. But some climate solutions are also…
  • Everyone's heard of Vikings - their daring North Atlantic voyages, their mysterious runes. But there's another ancient culture in Arctic Scandinavia…
  • 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.Each…