Closer Look: Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer And More

An opera about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer is one of the topics on today's ''Closer Look.''
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: In a rebroadcast from WABE’s series “Advance Atlanta: Education,” Kate Sweeney reports on how one Atlanta learning center is trying to address literacy rates earlier than usual;
  • 5:15: Composer Mary Watkins discusses her opera “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: A Civil Rights Opera,” which celebrates Hamer’s legacy as a civil rights activist;
  • 20:56: Dr. Jennifer Stapel-Wax, associate professor at Emory University in the Division of Autism and Related Disorders at the Department of Pediatrics, discuss what autism services are available to rural communities;
  • 31:35: David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of Slate Magazine’s podcast “Political Gabfest,” discuss the current presidential election ahead of the podcast’s stop in Atlanta next week;
  • 44:58: In a rebroadcast, author and former Delta flight attendant Casey Grant talks about her new book, “Stars in the Sky: Stories of the First African American Flight Attendants.”