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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March 18, 2018 | NPR · Having centrists like Conor Lamb from southwestern Pennsylvania in the party can conflict with the increased progressive activism energizing Democrats against President Trump.

March 18, 2018 | NPR · The 18-term lawmaker takes the title from the late Massachusetts GOP Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers.

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March 18, 2018 | NPR · Patrick Desbois has spent the last 15 years uncovering details of Nazi massacres in Eastern Europe and Russia. Using the same methods, the priest is now uncovering ISIS crimes against Yazidis.

Arts & Life

March 18, 2018 | NPR · As part of our Missed Connections series, NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro reunites Sharony Green and Beth Hegab, former childhood friends who drifted apart, according to Green, in part because of race.

20th Century Fox
March 18, 2018 | NPR · It’s a coming-of-age story that’s also a coming-out story — and it’s in mainstream theaters around the country. Director Greg Berlanti says that’s a big deal.

March 18, 2018 | NPR · For decades, Disney has been criticized for its passive, love-struck heroines. Do the women in Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time finally signal real change?


Courtesy of the artist
March 18, 2018 | NPR · The Brooklyn-based band doesn’t need to speak English to pack a punch. Frontwoman Rahill Jamalifard talks about songwriting in Farsi and how Middle Eastern rock emboldens her.

March 17, 2018 | NPR · The ad asked would you rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.” Snapchat pulled the ad, but its stock prices were still down by week’s end.

Carnegie Hall
March 17, 2018 | NPR · Since 2009, the maximum security prison has been home to music workshops put on by Carnegie Hall and led by some of New York City’s top musicians.

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