Bello Collective  — 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018

Independent: Threshold, “Hello Central!”

Last season, Threshold tackled the story of American bison, but this season is decidedly more frigid. In its expansive second season, Threshold goes international, across the Arctic circle as it explores different facets of climate change in the Arctic. The sound design is spectacular, but the narratives also take us into the small crevices of our melting ice sheets, making climate science more personal than you might be used to hearing it.

~ Kelly Moffitt, Creator and Writer for Flyover Podcast Newsletter

High Country News  — Podcasts that Fill the Gap

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Independent, in-depth narrative storytelling on how “humans are changing — and being changed by — the planet.” Funders include Montana Public Radio and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The first season is dedicated to the American bison, including the possibility of free-roaming herds returning to the West, the notorious slaughter of Yellowstone bison, and tribal work on bison restoration.

~ Jodi Peterson, Contributing Editor at High Country News

Rise Collaborative — Listen Up: Threshold Podcast Review

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Before listening to this podcast, any mention of the word ‘Arctic’ cued a mental slideshow of stereotypical stock footage: miles of white barrenness shot from a helicopter, starving polar bears, an iceberg forming. And I doubt I’m alone. After all, in most of the 1-4 minute news and radio reports about the Arctic or climate change, we don’t always hear enough from the four million people actually living there. Threshold aims to change that by exploring the complexities of the Arctic through the stories of its residents. 

~ Holly Kirkpatrick, Producer and Host of Rise’s podcast, LIFTED 

OUTSIDE ONLINE  — Best New Podcasts of 2017

Best Single-Topic Podcast: Threshold

In its first season, the podcast Threshold uses the topic of bison to dive deep into conservation, politics, and the history and future of the U.S. I binged hard on this one — the storytelling and engrossing topic will make you think about bison and our country in a new and complex way.

~ Abigail Wise, Online Managing Editor at Outside Online

 

BELLO COLLECTIVE —  100 Outstanding Pieces of Audio for 2017 

“The Red Man Was Pressed” (Season One, Episode Two)

There’s as much activity to the sound of Threshold as a walk in the meadow, which is to say a lot. It demonstrates the potential for audio to be the most sensory medium  —  to evoke not just sights and sounds, but also smells and a sense of quiet abundance. And then there’s the narrative: the past and future of America’s bison, and how newcomers decimated herds in an attempt to defeat the Native populations.

~ Galen Beebe, Editor of Bello Collective

 

MONTANA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION

Non-Commercial Radio Program of the Year, 2017

 

Philly Inquirer — Podcasts to listen to now

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I binged this podcast hosted by radio producer and intrepid journalist Amy Martin last summer while tooling around the Wisconsin and Montana Big Sky country where the buffalo roam, or used to. “When you start out talking about bison, you end up talking about America,” Martin says.

Threshold is an immersive exploration of the nation’s history with the hulking, even-toed ungulates, which numbered 50 million in the U.S. when European settlers arrived and which had been slaughtered to such a degree that only 23 were left in 1901. It digs deep into issues about conservation and politics and the relationship of the U.S. government to native populations both animal and human, while never losing a sense of wonder about the majestic beasts.

~ Dan DeLuca, Music Critic at Philly Inquirer