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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May 6, 2015 | KHN · Despite a “good conversation” with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Gov. Rick Scott gets no sign that Florida will receive the more than $1 billion he wants for health care.
 

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · One of those held is a low-level aide to California’s attorney general. The website for the Masonic Fraternal Police Department calls it “the oldest and most respected organization in the ‘World.’ “
 

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · The short line of Jim Wright’s bio is that he made history as the first speaker of the House to resign under pressure, and his fall signaled the rise of a long era of partisan divide.
 

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.
 

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · Robert and Michelle King, the real-life husband and wife team who created the CBS show, say that when it came to creating the series’ main character, it was a question of art imitating life.
 

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · The AMC series’ habit of killing off characters without warning has led to explosions of fan grief and rage on social media. Much of the audience’s ire has landed on Scott M. Gimple.
 

Music

May 6, 2015 | NPR · For the last half century, pop music has evolved from blues to disco to hip-hop. By digitally analyzing more than 17,000 songs, a team at Queen Mary University of London has released a study showing how pop music has changed throughout history.
 

May 6, 2015 | NPR · The musician, known for introducing the protest song to the civil rights movement, died last week at 87. He and wife, Candie, taught music at the Highlander Center in New Market, Tenn., for decades.
 

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · This ode to orgasm was written by Leonard Cohen and Dave Stewart years ago. It’s now given new life by singer JiHAE.
 

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