107 episodes

Threshold is a Peabody Award-winning podcast that tells captivating stories about people and the planet. Each season, we do a deep dive into one pressing environmental story, exploring it through the intersections of science, politics, culture, and environmental justice. We aim to make space for thoughtful, honest, and intersectional conversations about human relationships with the natural world.

Season 4: "Time to 1.5" documents this profound moment in human history, when the window for keeping global heating to 1.5ºC is still open—just barely.

Season 3: "The Refuge." The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Season 2: "Cold Comfort." Climate change in the Arctic through the eyes of people who live there.

Season 1: "Oh Give Me a Home." Can we ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?

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    • 4.8 • 384 Ratings

Threshold is a Peabody Award-winning podcast that tells captivating stories about people and the planet. Each season, we do a deep dive into one pressing environmental story, exploring it through the intersections of science, politics, culture, and environmental justice. We aim to make space for thoughtful, honest, and intersectional conversations about human relationships with the natural world.

Season 4: "Time to 1.5" documents this profound moment in human history, when the window for keeping global heating to 1.5ºC is still open—just barely.

Season 3: "The Refuge." The controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Season 2: "Cold Comfort." Climate change in the Arctic through the eyes of people who live there.

Season 1: "Oh Give Me a Home." Can we ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?

    Time to 1.5 | 14 | Sky's the Limit

    Time to 1.5 | 14 | Sky's the Limit

    In many ways, the climate crisis is an identity crisis. As we reckon with the damage we’ve done, we’re being forced into a massive confrontation with the powers, limitations, and essential nature of our species. How do we even process the notion that we can do—that we are doing—so much harm to ourselves and to all life on Earth? What is it about us that led us into this mess, and do we have what it takes to get ourselves out of it? Who are we? And who do we want to become? 
    This is Threshold Season 4: “Time to 1.5.” In this episode, we explore what we learn about ourselves from bonobos, the necessity of getting everyone on the planet in the same boat, and the power of stories to shape our future. 
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    • 50 min
    Time to 1.5 | 13 | Hail Mary

    Time to 1.5 | 13 | Hail Mary

    The climate crisis is not just a problem of carbon emissions: it's one of inequality. In fact, global warming and global inequality are the same problem manifesting in different ways. And one of the places we see this connection clearly is at COP26. 
    This is Threshold Season 4: “Time to 1.5.” In this episode, we follow the conflict over loss and damage, mitigation, and finance in the negotiating room. Who wins and who loses in the making of an international climate pact? 
    This episode contains strong language that may not be suitable for all listeners. 
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    • 58 min
    Time to 1.5 | 12 | The Ants Go Marching

    Time to 1.5 | 12 | The Ants Go Marching

    The UN climate talks, or COPs, are attempting the biggest, most complicated, highest-stakes group project humanity has ever known. They are, in a sense, an attempt to design a revolution—to help guide a massive societal transformation that needs to happen all around the world, all at once, to curb climate chaos.
     
    But design and planning are rarely how paradigm shifts actually happen. So how do we actually make it happen? And can we do it fast enough? 
    This is Threshold Season 4: “Time to 1.5.” In this episode, we continue our journey at COP26 in Glasgow to see what the process for organizing a social and economic revolution really looks like and explore what kind of collaboration this kind of climate transformation asks of all of us. 
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    • 41 min
    Time to 1.5 | 11 | Inside the Anthill

    Time to 1.5 | 11 | Inside the Anthill

    The UN climate talks, or COPs, are a lot of different things: they're confusing, bureaucratic, inspiring, boring, infuriating, and exhilarating. They are also the only thing we’ve got to deal with climate change on a scale that matches the problem—that is to say, globally. 
    The overall goal of each COP is to make progress on climate: to get all countries moving towards a decarbonized world—as equitably as possible and based on the best scientific information available. But of course, every country has a different idea of what that looks like and how we should get there. 
    This is Threshold Season 4: “Time to 1.5.” In this episode, we take you into the trenches of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, to explore how the process of climate negotiation works and what’s at stake for every human on the planet.
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    • 58 min
    Time to 1.5 | 10 | Prayers of Steel III

    Time to 1.5 | 10 | Prayers of Steel III

    If the steel industry were a country, it would be the world's third-largest emitter. So to prevent a climate catastrophe, this industry has to change. And not just a little bit: we have to fundamentally transform how we make one of the most versatile, durable, widely used materials human beings have ever created. That's exactly what a group of companies in northern Sweden is aiming to do.  This is Threshold Season 4: “Time to 1.5” In this episode we travel to northern Sweden to explore how a greener process could revolutionize the iron and steel industry, dramatically reduce fossil fuel emissions, and make life better for people in industrial communities.
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    • 48 min
    Time to 1.5 | Behind-the-scenes at Threshold

    Time to 1.5 | Behind-the-scenes at Threshold

    Listening to Threshold is free, but creating it is not.
    We have always been committed to making the best show we can—and making it available for free.
    But that's not possible without financial support.
    We’re a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and our work is funded entirely by gifts and grants. When you make a donation to Threshold, you’re directly supporting our independent nonprofit journalism.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
384 Ratings

384 Ratings

ggs256 ,

Hard hitting and soothing

The perfect combination of calmness with science and fact based reporting. I always eagerly awaiting listening to episodes. Always the first podcast I recommend for friends looking to understand the impact of climate issues on nature and humanity.

devourerofwords ,

A master class in thoughtful, humane reporting

I only recently discovered this podcast and could dedicate whole days just to listening. It’s rare to have this kind of rigor paired with such warmth, generosity of spirit, and crucially, hopefulness.

fly fishing gal ,

In-depth reporting on tough enviro issues

So many podcasts cover issues with only one or two episodes. The fact that Threshold creates many episodes for each season shows just how much investigating goes into reporting on big environment & social issues. The depth & breadth of each show is impressive yet remains digestible to the audience. Rarely are there cut & dry answers to difficult problems - Threshold is not out to sugar coat anything. But the diversity of people that are interviewed & questions asked show the commitment to telling as much of the whole story as possible. The podcast has prompted me to research topics further on my own. It also fills me with hope as I hear about people & communities developing real working solutions. Thank you Threshold.

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