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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August 21, 2017 | NPR · The president is addressing the nation about U.S. engagement in the country on Monday night. Watch the speech and read a transcript of his remarks with annotations by NPR journalists.
 

August 21, 2017 | NPR · Many of the groups cited controversy about recent comments by President Trump that “both sides were to blame” for the violence that occurred during a white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville, Va.
 

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August 21, 2017 | NPR · Chilean lawmakers passed a bill earlier this month adding three exceptions to its ban on the procedure. Still, the bill was in limbo — until the Constitutional Court approved it as law Monday.
 

Arts & Life

August 21, 2017 | NPR · Two giants of comedy died this weekend. Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis had very different styles, but both men were hugely influential. There are many comedians who drew equal parts inspiration from both men.
 

August 21, 2017 | NPR · While America was consumed by the total eclipse of the sun, residents of Mexico City witnessed a spectacle of a different order: Godzilla attacked the metropolis. Scenes from the new film were shot in the Mexican capital.
 

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August 21, 2017 | NPR · Adlon has four titles in the credits of the FX comedy series Better Things: actress, writer, director and producer. “I want to elevate the mundane …” she says. “This is the way I live my life.”
 

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August 21, 2017 | WXPN-FM · The Legendary curators and boosters of hip-hop share stories and introduce their new NPR podcast, What’s Good.
 

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August 21, 2017 | NPR · The 24-year-old Jamaican artist has released his debut album, Chronology. It showcases his myriad influences, including genres like gospel, ska and electronic music and his own musical family lineage.
 

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August 21, 2017 | NPR · The crackdown on the star conductor’s four-city American tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela is seen as payback for his recent criticisms of the Maduro government.
 

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