Copper at the Crossroads

The state of Arizona has been a leading copper producer for more than a century.

But the metals market is volatile, so a lot of cyclical fortune and failure and boom and bust mark those years.

Copper at the Crossroads examines the past, present, and future of Arizona’s copper mining industry.

The series aired in 2011 on Tucson NPR station KUAZ-FM.

Executive Producer/Reporter: Mark Duggan

Photo: The Hayden Smelter in Hayden, Arizona looms over a city park playground in a photo from 2011. Credit: Mark Duggan



Copper mine tailings piles in the desert

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