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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May 31, 2016 | NPR · They say no cash is no reason to let potential students off the hook: “they will find the money.” The documents, part of a lawsuit alleging fraud, recommend treating reporters with courtesy.
 

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May 31, 2016 | NPR · Federal prosecutors say, under law, the more than a quarter-million-dollar proceeds from two life insurance policies should not benefit Syed Rizwan Farook’s chosen beneficiaries. A court will decide.
 

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May 31, 2016 | NPR · Rio de Janeiro made a big push to provide security in its shantytowns. But some, which were touted as models, are again plagued by gang violence that has terrified residents.
 

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May 31, 2016 | FA · When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is “very out there.” Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.
 

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May 31, 2016 | NPR · On our inaugural episode, we’re digging into how we talk about whiteness — or, really, how we don’t talk about it — and hear from some folks who say it’s really important that we figure out how.
 

May 31, 2016 | NPR · Neil Gaiman is best-known for his fictional creations, but he is also a prolific producer of essays, album liner notes, speeches and introductions — now collected in The View From the Cheap Seats.
 

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May 31, 2016 | KCRW · KCRW’s Jason Bentley spins music by Flume, Gorgon City, Kaytranada and more in a two-hour EDM mix.
 

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May 31, 2016 | NPR · Rolling Stone called the 1990s rock group “the best band you’ve never heard of,” but Luna broke up in 2005. Now, its reunion is having a powerful impact on its loyal fans.
 

May 31, 2016 | FA · Growing up, trumpeter Vu found inspiration in Metheny’s music. Now the two collaborate on the album, Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases their musical chemistry.
 

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