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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October 21, 2017 | NPR · Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has declared war on the GOP establishment, took aim at the former president saying “there has not been a more destructive presidency.”
 

October 21, 2017 | NPR · A law in California took effect preventing companies from requiring job applicants to disclose criminal histories. NPR’s Lakshmi Singh talks with National Employment Law Project attorney Beth Avery.
 

October 21, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Lakshmi Singh talks with Mary Kate Cary, former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush; Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner; and Danielle Belton, editor-in-chief of The Root.
 

Arts & Life

October 21, 2017 | NPR · Te Ata is about the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Chickasaw storyteller who was born and raised in the Chickasaw Nation. She became one of the greatest Native American performers ever.
 

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October 21, 2017 | NPR · The Hall of Fame defensive tackle turned Minnesota Supreme Court Justice answers three questions about the Scandinavian peoples of 1,000 years ago.
 

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October 21, 2017 | FA · Tan discusses her experiences with family and fate. Maureen Corrigan reviews Kate Winkler Dawson’s book about London’s Great Smog of 1952. Baumbach’s new film mixes comedy with deep emotional pain.
 

Music

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October 20, 2017 | NPR · On Beck’s latest, thrift-store sounds, abrasive noise and his father’s ear-stretching orchestrations all vie for attention at once.
 

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October 20, 2017 | NPR · Their overnight surprise mixtape release comes with an honorable mention for one of Atlanta’s instrumental sonic architects.
 

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October 20, 2017 | WXPN-FM · This year marks the 30th anniversary of her album Solitude Standing, and the 25th of 99.9F°.
 

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