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The West

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The West

The West

The West

Only Available in Archive Formats.

GUESTS: JAMES GALVIN Author of many books, including Fencing the Sky: A Novel (Henry Holt, 1999) and The Meadow (Henry Holt, 1992) Professor of English, University of Iowa TOM MCGUANE Rancher (owns 250 cattle) Author of many books, including Some Horses (Lyons Press, 99) and forthcoming The Longest Silence (Knopf, Nov. '99) The cowboy has cast a long shadow over the landscape of the American West. But some of the West's romance has faded as images of the rugged individual, and the challenges of frontier life have been supplanted by debates over the use of public land and containing development. Join Melinda Penkava and guests for a look at the modern American West, from cowboys to urban sprawl.

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