One of the most pervasive notions of American cultural identity is that of the Old West and the myth of the cowboy. This month we stick a magnifying glass up to those notions to see where they originate, and where they continue to resonate.

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A federal agency known as the Mineral Management Service, or MMS, has faced scrutiny as of late after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. The agency falls under the Department of Interior, headed by former Colorado Senator, Democrat Ken Salazar. But, this isn’t the first time MMS has come under fire. High […]

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With the reintroduction of the wolf into Rocky Mountain regions, some are advocating for hunting the animals. Long time High Country News contributor and contributing Field & Stream editor Hal Herring recently wrote an article entitled “One Way to Save the Wolf: Hunt It.” He speaks to High Country […]

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The deck is looking increasingly stacked against coal in many Western states. With broad bipartisan support and endorsements, Colorado lawmakers recently passed a bill that makes the conversion of three Front Range power plants from coal to natural gas almost a sure bet. High Country News producer Cally Carswell recently sat down […]

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · The decision, confirmed to NPR by a U.S. official, will set the stage for President Trump to reverse a decision by then-President Barack Obama to reject the project.
 

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · The General Services Administration says while the contract bars elected officials, the Trump Organization may lease the Old Post Office because President Trump moved his businesses into a trust.
 

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · The former president celebrated the seventh anniversary of his signing of the Affordable Care Act on the day Republicans had planned to start the process of gutting it in celebration.
 

Arts & Life

March 23, 2017 | NPR · Participants in the British show Eden spent a year in the remote Scottish highlands, living off their will and wits with cameras rolling. The only problem? No episodes have aired since August.
 

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul writes poems to capture his longing for his troubled homeland.
 

Outsider Pictures
March 23, 2017 | NPR · The film about a young woman who ran her truck onto a Prague sidewalk in 1973, killing eight pedestrians, is tough to sit through, and recent events lend it a chilling sense of relevance.
 

Music

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March 23, 2017 | NPR · On his debut album, the “Classic Man” singer reaches back to his Nigerian roots and explores the concept of a figure whose fierceness belies his deep love for family.
 

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March 23, 2017 | WBGO · The brilliant trumpeter Lee Morgan, whose shocking and untimely death at the age of 33 is at the center of I Called Him Morgan, doesn’t star in this documentary so much as haunt it.
 

YouTube
March 23, 2017 | NPR · The cartoon band’s new album, Humanz, is due out April 28. Popcaan sings on the new single, which is accompanied by a short horror film.
 

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