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 28, 2016 | NPR · Juan Gabriel was a singular pop star who transcended borders and the trappings of gender.
 

August 28, 2016 | NPR · On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
 

August 28, 2016 | NPR · Newly retired New York Times columnist Bill Rhoden discusses NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem and past political activism by athletes.
 

Arts & Life

August 28, 2016 | NPR · This year’s AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn features artists who are expanding the universe of punk and ideas about who belongs there.
 

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August 28, 2016 | NPR · Cuba Gooding Jr., Rami Malek and Constance Zimmer all have one thing in common: this year is the first time each has been nominated for an Emmy. Their nominations hint at deeper changes in television.
 

August 28, 2016 | NPR · Linda Wertheimer talks to the Dutch writer about his novel: A teacher has an affair with his student. She breaks it off. He disappears. And then a writer comes along, and turns the story into a novel.
 

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August 28, 2016 | NPR · This year’s VMAs feature Rihanna, Beyonce, and several minutes of Kanye West doing whatever he wants — all vying for social-media dominance in the hours, days and weeks ahead.
 

August 28, 2016 | NPR · Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night’s Video Music Awards on MTV.
 

August 28, 2016 | NPR · This year’s AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn features artists who are expanding the universe of punk and ideas about who belongs there.
 

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