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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February 22, 2020 | NPR · Hundreds of people, including Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters and designer Vivienne Westwood, demanded that Julian Assange be freed. Assange is due to face an extradition hearing Monday.
 

AP
February 22, 2020 | NPR · For the sixth year in a row, more than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in armed conflict in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. Total casualties in the past decade topped 100,000.
 

NPR
February 22, 2020 | NPR · The 2020 Democratic presidential race is entering a new phase with the Nevada caucuses. Listen to NPR’s live special coverage.
 

Arts & Life

Tony Longmore
February 22, 2020 | NPR · Boxer and laborer Eric Tucker created hundreds of paintings of his home town — and kept them secret, stashed around his house. Now, almost two years after his death, he has a museum exhibition.
 

Graywolf Press
February 22, 2020 | NPR · Anna Burns gained fame in 2018 when her third novel, Milkman, won the Man Booker Prize. Little Constructions is her second novel, about a woman’s vendetta against her violent, abusive brother-in-law.
 

Amazon Studios, Prime Video
February 21, 2020 | NPR · Al Pacino is the marquee attraction in Hunters, Amazon’s new show about Nazi hunters in the 1970s — but the story is splashy and electric enough that he’s not the most interesting thing in it.
 

Music

February 22, 2020 | NPR · Two scholars at Stanford have joined forces to recreate what a Christian choir might have sounded like inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia before it became a mosque in the 1400s.
 

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February 21, 2020 | NPR · In the digital era, accusations of surreptitious chart manipulation are common throughout the world — in South Korea, it’s called sajaegi.
 

90.9 The Bridge
February 21, 2020 | KTBG-FM · Once a motorcycle repair and parts shop, Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Mo., has become a jewel in the city’s music scene.
 

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