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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News

May 25, 2018 | NPR · President Trump’s pardon this week of boxer Jack Johnson is his latest grant of clemency to a prominent figure. It’s an example of his hands-on approach to pardons.
 

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · The bill makes Sweden the 10th European country to redefine rape, making it illegal to engage in a sexual encounter without the verbal or physical consent of all participants.
 

May 25, 2018 | NPR · There has been much talk about how Ireland’s border with the U.K. will work after Brexit, but more than 250 billion Euros of goods cross the English Channel between France and the U.K. every year, and French officials say Brexit could be a disaster for Europe’s most important trading corridor.
 

Arts & Life

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · The writer/director has turned a Neil Gaiman short story into a film starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning. It follows an alien exploring the 1970s punk music scene of Croydon, England.
 

May 25, 2018 | FA · We listen back to excerpts from Roth’s interviews about The Plot Against America and Everyman. Roth died Tuesday at age 85. He spoke with Terry Gross seven times over the years.
 

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May 25, 2018 | FA · As the story goes, on Valentine’s Day 1900, several students and their teacher slipped away from a holiday picnic and never returned. Amazon’s new six-part TV miniseries explores the legend.
 

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · This week’s Piano Jazz from 1998 remembers lyric soprano Barbara Cook, a Broadway star, staple of the New York cabaret scene and favorite of audiences around the world.
 

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · The Scottish-born musician, still busy writing music, celebrates her 90th birthday on May 27.
 

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May 25, 2018 | NPR · The song joins a legacy of tepid songs required to accomplish too much in too little time.
 

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