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The microbe known as Verrucomicrobium spinosum, catalogued by microbestiary.org
Dennis Kunkel and James T. Staley

The microbesitary is a University of Wyoming program and website that seeks to illustrate the microbial world.

Threshold S2E13: Try Harder

Dec 30, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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.

Threshold S2E12: Here Be Dragons

Dec 23, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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.

Threshold S2E11: Life Is Too Hard Without Music

Dec 23, 2018
Nick Mott/Threshold

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.

Threshold S2E10: Nickel For Your Thoughts

Dec 17, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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.

Threshold S2E9: Who Asked You?

Dec 17, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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 Murmansk, the Arctic's largest city?

Threshold S2E8: Oil And Water

Dec 11, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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.

Threshold S2E7: Hello Central

Dec 11, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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.

Threshold S2E6: The Things I Can See On The Mountains

Dec 3, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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 threatening their way of life. This is the story of the Aleksandersens, a Sámi reindeer herding family in northern Norway.

Threshold S2E5: Just Decide

Dec 3, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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?

Threshold S2E4: Becoming Arctic, Becoming Human

Nov 26, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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.

Threshold S2E3: Impermafrost

Nov 26, 2018
Amy Martin/Threshold

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?

Threshold S2E2: Invisible Hands

Nov 19, 2018
Nick Mott/Threshold

When a major storm hit Shishmaref, Alaska in 2005, the town 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.

Threshold S2E1: The Water Is Wide

Nov 19, 2018
Nick Mott/Threshold

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.