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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July 30, 2016 | NPR · The 42-year-old daredevil skydiver and made a perfect landing into a net 25,000 feet below to set a world record on Saturday.
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · Professor Adam Summers is a “fish guy.” He uses fish to get engineering ideas. His latest project is to CT scan every type of fish — all 33,000 of them.
 

July 30, 2016 | NPR · The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s founding director Lonnie Bunch talks about a new book that features photos from the museum’s collection. The museum opens in September.
 

Arts & Life

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · We’ve invited the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to play a game called “Let’s shake on it.”
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · Bell’s new film is about three suburban moms who find themselves ground down by the endless chores of motherhood. She says its creators (two men) wrote it as a love letter to their overworked wives.
 

July 30, 2016 | NPR · Last week on the show author Dave Eggers and Scott Simon agreed that they couldn’t think of any protagonists in fiction who are dentists. This week we have a correction, and literary dentist readings.
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · The late hip-hop producer left behind troves of unfinished music. How do you dig into the vault of an artist like Dilla and assemble an album that remains true to their creative vision?
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · A chaotic week of fractured loyalties surged into buoyant affirmations for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. But are all those left-leaning musicians just singing into an echo chamber?
 

July 30, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon talks to La Marisoul and Juan Manuel Caipo, two of the musicians on a new collection of covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s called Quiero Creedence.
 

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