It's time now for our end of the week analysis of some of the big stories in the news. Joining the show from steamy Washington, DC, is Nancy Cook of the National Journal, and here in foggy Pasadena, Jim Rainey of the LA Times.
One resource essential to modern society yet goes mostly unnoticed is copper. Demand for the element has skyrocketed over the past decade, and extracting it from the earth is not an easy or clean process.
For years, the National Park Service has been looking for a way to preserve and restore parts of the Yosemite Valley. Planners have discussed doing away with tourist amenities like ice skating and swimming pools to try and restore the habitat of the valley's Merced River.
Every year, many young girls enter the sports world hoping to be the next Serena Williams or Lindsay Vonn. But when women hit the court or the field, one thing is holding back their performance: A good sports bra, or lack thereof.
Some of the first experiments to invent TV happened in an apartment in Hollywood. But neither the people living there, nor the neighbors had any idea until historian Andrew Carroll knocked on their door.
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