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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September 1, 2015 | NPR · According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · The state is agreeing to stop placing inmates in solitary confinement solely because of a gang affiliation. The changes could move more than 1,500 inmates out of solitary.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · Statins made her feel wretched, so she took a DNA test to find out why. But even the doctor with the genetic testing company admits that the test doesn’t tell you much more than you already know.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. “When it’s really going well … you’re in a fantasy land and feeling no pain,” he says.
 

September 1, 2015 | NPR · Amy Stewart’s new novel is inspired by the real-life tale of the Kopp sisters, three women who faced down a cruel factory owner after he crashed into their buggy and refused to pay restitution.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · A new book explains that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women’s equality.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · One of the most sought-after studio visionaries shares his thoughts on life, music, and why we love the songs we love.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · The leader of The Daredevil Christopher Wright goes solo, and the result is smart, earnest folk-pop. Watch Sunde perform “Easy Kid” in his home state of Wisconsin.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · 22-year-old Will Toledo already has 11 albums to his name. He reworks an old cut into a blown-out, four-on-the-floor power-pop song that races with an anxious heart waiting to explode.
 

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