Well, this problem has not yet been addressed by the Google team... but it has been addressed by me.
I greased up the monkey and with one fell swoop made Google Reader's interface one gripe cleaner. My new Greasemonkey script copies the title/URL from the top of every item and includes it at the bottom as well.
If, on the other hand, you're mystified by this whole Greasemonkey thing, I'll give a brief explanation. Greasemonkey is a Firefox add-on that lets users create scripts that will affect the content of web pages before they're displayed in the browser. There are thousands of pre-made scripts to be found at userscripts.org, affecting all sorts of popular sites, and you can always badger your favorite nerds into making custom ones. Some of my favorite pre-made scripts are:
1) AutoPagerize, which causes page 2 (then 3 etc) to automatically be inserted at the end of page one for many popular site. Tired of 'next'ing your way through your Google search results or Twitter timeline? This handy script just requires you to scroll and the next bunch magically appear.
2) YousableTubeFix, this does a bunch of handy things to YouTube pages, the most handy of which is defaulting the the "HD" videos, and increasing the size of the player dramatically. YouTube has never been so pleasant.
That ought to be enough to get you started, but with Greasemonkey, pretty much anything you've ever dreamed you could do with a website is possible.
Having just been introduced to the dubious legality of muxtape.com, I decided to see if I could make it a bit more useful. I've been meaning to play around with greasemonkey again since it'd been a couple years since I had, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
I found a script at userscripts.org that generates 'download' links for each of the songs on any muxtape page, then added to it the ability to generate an m3u (playlist file) which you can click to stream all the songs in your audio player of choice. No more having to leave a browser page open just to listen to muxtapes. No more having Flash take down your browser. Awesome.
If you'd like to add this functionality to your muxtape experience, simply install Greasemonkey (or whatever IE/Opera plugin does the same thing) and head over and install muxtape downloader / m3u enabler from UserScripts.org.
If you've not seen muxtape before, head on over and listen to my first attempt at online mixtapery: nyquildotorg.muxtape.com
(Is there any interest in enabling 'podcast' functionality to your muxtapes, allowing people to subscribe to them in iTunes/whatever and have them auto-download?)
Tired of seeing this every time you use Firefox's built-in RSS handling to add a site's feed to your Google Reader account?
Me too, so I figured out a way to get rid of it. Now I'll show you how too.
Simply type 'about:config' into your url bar, and as soon as all that scary-looking stuff loads, scroll down until you see 'browser.contentHandlers.types.2.uri', and then double click it.
A dialog will pop up asking for a uri, and will be pre-filled with 'http://fusion.google.com/add?feedurl=%s'.
Simply replace it with 'http://google.com/reader/preview/*/feed/%s' then restart Firefox.
Next time you click on an RSS feed, you'll see a preview of it in Google Reader, completely bypassing the option to add it to your Google homepage.
Note: You'll need to actually click the 'subscribe' button in the preview window to subscribe, so the sum total of clicks will be the same, they just won't be dealing with Google's bad UI decision. Besides, it's nice to see the contents of the feed before committing to it. I routinely change my mind if a feed is only a partial-text feed.