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THRESHOLD

Join us for season two in the Arctic.

Threshold was awarded Non-Commercial Radio Program of the Year by the Montana Broadcasters Association.

Season Two: The Arctic

Most stories from the Arctic start with ice sheets or polar bears.

We're going to start with people.

Per Nilssen was raised on a farm in mainland Norway. He worked his way up from coal miner to production manager at Norway's only working coal mine, which powers the town of Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitsbergen (Svalbard).

Per Nilssen was raised on a farm in mainland Norway. He worked his way up from coal miner to production manager at Norway's only working coal mine, which powers the town of Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitsbergen (Svalbard).

Mary Grace Eula travels north from the Philippines every year to work on a tourist boat in Svalbard, Norway. She is 24 years old and plans to start her own floating restaurant in her home country someday.

Mary Grace Eula travels north from the Philippines every year to work on a tourist boat in Svalbard, Norway. She is 24 years old and plans to start her own floating restaurant in her home country someday.

Amanda Kernell is the director of Sami Blood, a film exploring identity, racism and the effects of colonialism in the Sami community. She is the first Sami woman to produce a feature film. Sami Blood was featured at Sundance, and Kernell was named Best Young Director at the Venice Film Festival in 2016.

Amanda Kernell is the director of Sami Blood, a film exploring identity, racism and the effects of colonialism in the Sami community. She is the first Sami woman to produce a feature film. Sami Blood was featured at Sundance, and Kernell was named Best Young Director at the Venice Film Festival in 2016.

Niila Inga makes his living as a reindeer herder. He says discrimination against the Sami is part of daily life for him, and that his herd is suffering from pressure on all sides: climate change, fragmentation of habitat, threats from logging and mining, and the marginalization of Sami people within the Swedish state.

Niila Inga makes his living as a reindeer herder. He says discrimination against the Sami is part of daily life for him, and that his herd is suffering from pressure on all sides: climate change, fragmentation of habitat, threats from logging and mining, and the marginalization of Sami people within the Swedish state.

The Arctic is Home to Four Million People.

Who are they? How do they live? What are their hopes for the future? How is climate change affecting their daily lives?

We're spending the summer in the Arctic learning and listening. One of our core values is to let the subjects lead -- to let the people we meet tell us their stories, in their own voices, framed in the ways that make sense to them. We're not helicoptering in to extract a quote for a story we've already written. We're discovering the Arctic through the eyes of the people who live there.

"Fair, balanced, and utterly fascinating." (Twitter)

Join us.

We're inviting select media organizations to partner with us as we report from the Arctic this summer. Partners will receive a package of multimedia pieces that will take your audience directly into the homes, hunting grounds, oil fields and crumbling coastlines of Arctic people. Together, we'll amplify a diverse range of Arctic voices and illuminate the complex, intersecting changes underway in their lives.

What does a partnership look like? That's something we'll craft in collaboration with you, in response to the specific needs and goals of your station or publication. Options include:

  • a suite of short multimedia pieces (sound, photo, traditional video, 360 video)
  • in-depth news reports (print or radio) on key Arctic issues
  • sponsor mentions on episodes of Threshold season two, and promotion on our website and social media channels
  • royalty-free rights to broadcast season two

Partnerships options range from $16K - $25K, depending on the specific package of materials you choose.

Think of Team Threshold as your polar reporting crew. In collaboration with you, we'll produce high-quality, sharable videos, photos and audio clips that will personally connect your audience to the people, places and creatures of this fascinating, complicated region.

Contact:

Amy Martin | Lead Reporter | amy@thresholdpodcast.org
Nick Mott | Assistant Reporter | nickm9595@gmail.com | (913) 706-8525

"The kind of considerate reporting that makes me feel invested, informed and impatiently awaiting the next episode." (iTunes)

"I'll fight anyone who doesn't love this podcast." (Facebook)

 

Where We've Been

 

And Where We're Going

June

  • Umeå, Sweden - International Congress of Arctic Social Science
  • Abisko, Sweden - research station, permafrost researchers
  • Sapmi (northern Sweden and Norway) - reindeer herders
  • Harstad and Tromsø, Norway - Sami fishing communities

July

  • Sisimiut, Greenland and nearby villages - Inuit life in Greenland
  • Greenland ice sheet - University of Montana glaciology team

August

  • Chersky, Russia - with researchers from Woods Hole Research Center
  • St. Lawrence Island, AK
  • Shishmaref, AK
  • Barrow, AK
  • Tuktuyaaqtuuq, NT

This is our outline, but it's flexible. We're responding to opportunities as they emerge -- following where the stories lead us. We can't tell you exactly what those stories will be, because that is, in fact, the point: to let the people who live here tell us what we should focus on, and prioritize the narratives that matter to them, rather than imposing a pre-determined framework onto them.

Contact:

Amy Martin | Lead Reporter | amy@thresholdpodcast.org
Nick Mott | Assistant Reporter | nickm9595@gmail.com | (913) 706-8525