Closer Look: Future Of The Memorial Drive Corridor; Recruiting More Women Into Construction; Creating a Pipeline Of Doctors In Rural Communities

District 5 City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong discusses the future of the Memorial Drive Corridor improvement initiative.
District 5 City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong discusses the future of the Memorial Drive Corridor improvement initiative.
Credit Grace Walker / WABE

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on an announcement today from the White House involving the nation’s farmers. The Trump Administration will give farmers affected by the US and China trade war $16 billion in aid. The first payments to farmers will go out in July, according to the USDA.
  • 2:22: In Georgia, 89 of the state’s 159 counties don’t have enough doctors to treat the people who live there — many of these counties are rural communities, according to the US Department of Health Resources and Services. The Medical College of Georgia has a plan to address this. The school is currently mapping a proposal that would re-restructure the school’s curriculum to encourage more students to practice in rural areas. We learn more about the proposal from Dr. Doug Miller, vice dean for academic affairs at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
  • 17:57: For over four decades award-winning journalist Scott Pelley has been covering stories of national and global importance. He reflects on his career in the new memoir “Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning In The Stories Of Our Times”. Pelley stopped by our Closer Look studios, while here in Atlanta talking about his new book, to reflect on his career, the important role of journalists today and the responsibilities of media consumers. We hear an excerpt of his conversation with Rose Scott.
  • 22:47: Employers in Georgia and nationwide have reported a shortage of construction workers. The National Association of Women in Construction says women make up a large, untapped workforce. Erica Jean-Baptiste, President of National Association of Women in Construction, and Lisa Willis, NAWIC board member explain why companies should work to recruit more women to these positions, and how workplaces can become more inclusive of female workers.
Erica Jean-Baptiste, President of National Association of Women in Construction, and Lisa Willis, NAWIC board member, explain why they believe women are part of the untapped workforce of construction workers. Credit: Grace Walker
  • 41:22: In recent years the Memorial Drive Corridor, which extends from East Lake to downtown Atlanta, has seen the addition of new storefronts, development and the of extension of the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. Since 2015, a program called the Memorial Drive Corridor improvement initiative has played a role in ensuring that the infrastructure and public safety of the region has kept up with development. Recently, however, the program ended. What happened? And what does this mean for the future of the area? We ask District 5 City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.