'Threshold Podcast' - Season 2, Episode 1: 'The Water is Wide'

Image from the Threshold Podcast.

Image from the Threshold Podcast.


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.


The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of planet, and that has big consequences for all of us. But satellite images of melting sea ice don't begin to tell the whole story. Four million people live in the Arctic, and they’ve been dealing with the effects of climate change for decades. We wanted to hear from them in this pivotal moment -- when the ground is literally shifting beneath their feet.

For Threshold season two, we went on a circumpolar journey to find out what the Arctic is, how it is changing, and why that matters.

We traveled on four-wheelers and fishing boats, bush planes and dog sleds. We camped out on the Greenland ice sheet with a team of scientists and hung out with Inuit rock stars in Canada. We visited all eight Arctic countries, and we discovered countless stories unfolding in the far north. Climate change is just the tip of the iceberg.

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During the Cold War, the U.S. Army aired the documentary television program The Big Picture to showcase biographies of famous soldiers, weaponry and historical battles. The episode referenced in Threshold’s “The Water is Wide” is available to watch on YouTube.