Closer Look: Inside Georgia Tech’s New ‘Living Building;’ Analysis Finds Georgia Schools Struggle, Face Inequity Despite Additional Funding; Publisher’s Decision to Restrict E-Book Sales Impacts Local Libraries

Georgia Tech’s new "Living Building” opened its doors for classes this week.
Georgia Tech’s new "Living Building” opened its doors for classes this week.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s statement that Georgia is ready for “potential cyber-attacks,” following the United States’ assassination of a top Iranian military leader.
  • Meanwhile, Atlanta City Councilmember Amir Farokhi is speaking out on the current escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.
  • 03:31: A new analysis from the Education Law Center finds, despite recent funding increases, many of the state’s low-income and majority black schools are still struggling to hire and keep qualified teachers. Danielle Farrie, research director at the Education Law Center, and Mary McKillip, senior researcher at the ELC, join “Closer Look” from WBGO in Newark, New Jersey for a conversation about their findings.
  • 19:57: Late last year, Macmillan Publishers decided to drastically restrict the sales of its e-books to one per library system. Following that announcement, “Closer Look” host Rose Scott visited the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library for a conversation with Director of the DeKalb County Library System Alison Weissinger and state librarian Julie Walker about how this decision will impact local library systems here in Georgia.
  • 37:37: Georgia Tech’s new “Living Building” opened its doors for classes this week. Shan Arora, director of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, and John DuCongé, senior project manager, recently gave Rose Scott a tour of the building, which aims to produce more energy than it uses. Today, we hear the first portion of the tour.

“Closer Look” is produced by Candace Wheeler, Grace Walker and LaShawn Hudson.