Closer Look: Actor Louis Gossett Jr.; LeVar Burton Reads; Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s People-First Economic Agenda

Oscar award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. joins "Closer Look" in studio to discuss life on and off the screen.
Oscar award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. joins "Closer Look" in studio to discuss life on and off the screen.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: For some years now, Gov. Nathan Deal, state and local leaders have touted Georgia as the number one state for business. But how are Georgians faring in all of this? Taifa Butler, executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, joins us in studio to talk about a “people-first” economic agenda.
  • 16:52: At the edge of Tucker and Stone Mountain, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, or FODAC, has a 65,000-square-foot facility, where it runs all of its operations. That includes storage and a refurbishing workshop — where they clean and repair durable medical equipment — as well as their home goods thrift store, and administrative offices. President and CEO of FODAC Chris Brand gave producer Emilia Brock a tour of the facility.
  • 27:13: LeVar Burton’s most notable roles include host of the PBS children’s series, “Reading Rainbow,” Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge in “Star Trek,” and young Kunta Kinte in the original television miniseries, “Roots”. We hear a conversation with the actor and director before his appearance at Variety Playhouse tonight, as part of the nationwide tour for his podcast, “LeVar Burton Reads”.
  • 40:38: Oscar award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. is perhaps best known for his roles in “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Roots.” He recently moved to Atlanta and, now, joins us in studio to discuss life on and off the screen.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.