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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February 8, 2016 | NPR · The earliest polls in New Hampshire primary opened in Dixville Notch, Millsfield and Hart’s Location. Dixville Notch, won by John Kasich, boasts of a streak of correctly predicting the GOP nominee.
 

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February 8, 2016 | NPR · Sighs aren’t just signs of resignation, relief or the blues. Involuntary sighs are vital to lung health, say scientists who think they have figured out the brain circuitry that controls the reflex.
 

February 8, 2016 | NPR · Mueller was an aid worker in Syria when she was taken hostage in 2013. Her death was confirmed in February 2015. The woman charged in Mueller’s captivity is in Iraqi custody.
 

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February 8, 2016 | NPR · We talk about the game, the quarterbacks, the halftime show in which Coldplay was hopelessly outshined, and lots more.
 

February 8, 2016 | NPR · After NPR’s Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
 

February 8, 2016 | NPR · The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; “Language is a very messy thing,” she says.
 

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February 8, 2016 | NPR · Filmmaker and writer dream hampton says that Beyonce’s provocative new video is “about a black future [where] we are imagining ourselves having power and magic.”
 

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February 8, 2016 | WXPN · The garage-rock-loving Nashville country singer has music in her blood. Hear and download two songs from her new album.
 

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February 8, 2016 | NPR · Glen Hansard, Dan Deacon, Sharon Van Etten and Kishi Bashi were just some of the artists who performed live at the sold-out party.
 

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