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.''
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.”