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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December 1, 2015 | KHN · Supporters of Kentucky’s insurance exchange have asked the governor-elect to reconsider a pledge he made to shutter it and shift people to the federally run

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December 1, 2015 | NPR · They are children, sex workers, drug users who live in fear of HIV. The portraits and stories are featured in a new book set in Tijuana: “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.”

December 1, 2015 | KHN · Low-income women were 25 percent more likely to get screened for breast cancer in states that expanded their Medicaid programs early under the Affordable Care Act.

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December 1, 2015 | NPR · Zombie stories are everywhere, but David Towsey’s new book takes an unexpected turn — to a gritty, far-future world with echoes of the American West, full of undead who still have hearts and souls.

December 1, 2015 | NPR · Janice Min, president of The Hollywood Reporter, tells Steve Inskeep why the magazine will stop publishing its “Women in Entertainment Power 100″ list as a ranking.

December 1, 2015 | NPR · Shankar speaks with Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery, about what motivates art forgers. Also this week on Hidden Brain: why we love studies that prove wine connoisseurs wrong.


December 1, 2015 | NPR · The holiday season has a dark edge in the new video for the band’s song “Christmas Without A Kiss.”

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December 1, 2015 | NPR · The Long Island post-hardcore band returns after a long absence — and sounds downright feral.

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December 1, 2015 | NPR · African-Irish rap trio comes with a timely mix of immigrant emotions from a first-person perspective that’s as personal as it political.

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