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 26, 2016 | NPR · Native Americans make up less than 1 percent of students in college. Many say they feel invisible, without access to elite campuses. One program helps them leverage their heritage and identity.
 

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September 26, 2016 | NPR · Greg Kelly wanted out of corporate America for a lifestyle better suited to raising a family. So he and his wife launched Alabama’s only sheep dairy. “We feel like we’re really living now,” she says.
 

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September 26, 2016 | NPR · Wells Fargo staff secretly opened millions of unauthorized accounts to meet lofty sales targets. A class-action suit has been filed on behalf of employees who obeyed the law and failed to meet quotas.
 

Arts & Life

September 26, 2016 | FA · Peter Berg discusses his new film, which recreates the final hours of the oil rig that exploded and sank, causing the BP oil spill. Eleven rig workers died trying to prevent the disaster.
 

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September 26, 2016 | NPR · Greg Kelly wanted out of corporate America for a lifestyle better suited to raising a family. So he and his wife launched Alabama’s only sheep dairy. “We feel like we’re really living now,” she says.
 

September 25, 2016 | NPR · Iconic journalist Studs Terkel was creating a best-seller, when he interviewed people around the U.S. for his book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
 

Music

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September 26, 2016 | NPR · From “Nixon’s The One” To “El Corrido de Hillary Clinton,” an odd subgenre of music raises its head every four years: the endorsement song. It’s part commercial jingle, part aspirational anthem.
 

September 26, 2016 | FA · Though Olsen sets pain and frustration to music in her latest album, critic Ken Tucker says it’s clear that the singer is “very much in control of her emotions and her life.”
 

September 25, 2016 | NPR · Michel Martin chats with David Kamp about his Vanity Fair interview with Bruce Springsteen. In the book, called Born to Run, Springsteen opens up about his life and his history with mental illness.
 

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