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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October 23, 2016 | NPR · It’s been a busy weekend for the space station. On Friday, three astronauts — two Russians and one American — docked at the ISS.

October 23, 2016 | NPR · Creaky doors and squeaky floorboards are part of the territory of an old house. But what about the unexplained sounds that come and go?

October 23, 2016 | NPR · A new report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology says all it takes is a driver’s license to be included in the searchable databases. Rachel Martin talks to co-author Alvaro Bedoya.

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October 22, 2016 | NPR · Ernest Hemingway’s masterful first novel came out 90 years ago today; the story of aimless American expatriates drinking, fighting and falling in and out of love is regarded as one of his best works.

October 22, 2016 | NPR · We recorded the show in Rochester, N.Y., this week, which is home to the Garth Fagan Dance company. We’ll ask acclaimed choreographer Garth Fagan three questions about really deceitful people.

October 22, 2016 | NPR · Anne Carson’s book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they ‘float,’ which is also the title of her new collection. NPR’s Scott Simon talks with the poet about her work.


October 23, 2016 | NPR · Members of the Danish rock band, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, say their unconvential launch strategy will result in an album that may be “totally schizophrenic, but in a really wonderful way.”

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October 23, 2016 | NPR · The singer and lyricist of The Seshen wrote the song “Distant Heart” about the loss of a friend. And while it comes from a place of loss, she says it carries her friend’s joy and light, too.

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October 22, 2016 | NPR · Shot outside an arena in suburban Maryland hosting a Judas Priest and Dokken double bill, the short documentary captured something vital about its moment in music history.

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