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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June 27, 2016 | NPR · HBO’s most popular series, Game of Thrones, aired its season finale Sunday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show soared this year with plots that moved beyond George R.R. Martin’s published books.
 

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June 27, 2016 | NPR · More than $7 billion in drugs, vaccines and supplies are stashed in warehouses to be tapped in case of a pandemic or an attack with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. NPR got a peek at one.
 

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June 27, 2016 | NPR · Elizabeth Warren is a rock star in Democratic politics and there are reports she’s being vetted as a possible Clinton running mate. Yet just a few years ago she was, in Washington terms, a nobody.
 

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June 27, 2016 | NPR · The Toast — the funny, literary feminist website, gleeful kneecapper of high culture, center of cheerful misandry, and habitat of the courteous commenter — is closing. We have an appreciation.
 

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June 27, 2016 | NPR · HBO’s most popular series, Game of Thrones, aired its season finale Sunday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show soared this year with plots that moved beyond George R.R. Martin’s published books.
 

June 26, 2016 | NPR · New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham died Saturday at the age of 87. New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet discusses his life and his nearly 40 years of work for the paper.
 

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June 27, 2016 | NPR · The best albums of the first half of a year stuffed with (far) more than its share of heartbreak, surprise, innovation and beauty.
 

June 26, 2016 | NPR · Following the aftermath of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, listeners share more of their post-‘Brexit’ songs.
 

June 26, 2016 | NPR · Yesterday we asked for your picks for the songs that represent the feeling in the U.K. right now. Here are some of your suggestions.
 

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