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157- Devil’s Rope

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In the mid 1800s, not many (non-native) Americans had ever been west of the Mississippi. When Frederick Law Olmstead visited the west in the 1850s, he remarked that the plains looked like a sea of grasses that moved  “in swells after a great storm.


New Jersey News

Christie Goes To Football Game, Ignites Twitter, Draws Ethics Questions

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Chris Christie went to a Dallas Cowboys game, people went nuts, and now there's ethics questions swirling around the administration.



Photo of the Day: 'Cowboy' Violists from New York

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New York Philharmonic violists Rebecca Young and Rémi Pelletier and violinist Sarah Pratt hold an unusual rehearsal this week in Vail, Colorado.

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'Brokeback Mountain' Opera: The Critics Weigh In

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today at 2 pm, tune in for a video webcast of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx's new opera, Brokeback Mountain, live from Madrid's Teatro Real.

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The Boss of the Plains

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In the mid 1860s, John B. Stetson introduced a new hat to the American West, and it caught on like wild fire. But according to author Jonnie Hughes, the history of how and why the cowboy hat conquered the Plains is a lot more complicated than that -- and it ...

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Roaming Far From the Ranch, Real Cowboys Arrive in the City

Friday, January 06, 2012

Douglas Duncan has been grabbing the bull by the horns for half his life. The 24-year-old from Alvin, Texas, faced a different sort of bull Thursday afternoon. He was standing outside the New York Stock Exchange, waiting for the end of trading so he could ring the closing bell.

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Fans Gear up for Sunday's Giants-Cowboys Division Title Match-Up

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Football fans are getting ready for Sunday's match-up between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, a game that'll send one team to the playoffs, and the other back home to wait until next season.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Daniel Craig in Chaps Edition

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Julia Turner discuss the new sci-fi Western mashup Cowboys & Aliens. Next, they discuss whether it’s time to catch up with AMC’s award-winning drama Breaking Bad. For their fin