This is a newsmagazine featuring the key stories of the day that are relevant to you.  It’s a community forum for and about metro Atlanta. Host Rose Scott knows the ins and outs of covering news important around Atlanta.

She’ll lead discussions on the issues that impact where we live. WABE’s news team is going into metro Atlanta neighborhoods to provide context, storytelling and a sense of place. You’ll hear not only from the biggest newsmakers, but also from folks who don’t often get a voice.

“Closer Look” features a mix of local national and international stories and interviews. It’s an interactive space to share ideas and dig deeper into issues. It’s not just about Atlanta; it’s a program for Atlanta.

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Closer Look: Morehouse’s Future; Travel Ban; And More

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress give a news brief on an order temporarily blocking the deportation of more than a thousand Iraqi nationals, which includes four people who were rounded up in Georgia earlier this month;
  • 3:41: Immigration lawyer Charles Kuck and Sarah Owing, past-chair of the Georgia-Alabama chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, talk about the implications of the Supreme Court decision to allow parts of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect;
  • 26:22: Willie Woods, president of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, discusses what’s next for the institution after the passing of its interim president, William “Bill” Taggart;
  • 33:15: As part of “Closer Look’s” week-long series on HIV and AIDS, Dr. Anthoni Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and  Murray Penner, executive director of NASTAD, explain why why researchers believe “undetectable equals untransmittable” is the key to ending the HIV epidemic.

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Closer Look: Secure Data Kit; Housing Markets; And More

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress give a news brief about President Trump’s revised travel ban. Teri Simmons, leader of the law firm Arnall Golden Gregory’s immigration and global migration practice group explains what the implications are to the latest travel ban;
  • 9:25: Tim Denson, organization coordinator for the Athen’s for Everyone activist group, talks about the coordinated statewide rallies by Protect Our Care GA’s going on today in protest of the Senate’s proposed health care bill;
  • 15:29: Housing analyst John Hunt discusses why the housing market in the Southeast has reached a price ceiling after months of growth, and whether this means we’ll see housing prices drop in the near future;
  • 34:20: Secure Date Kit co-founder TJ Muehleman and project manager Emily Tunggala talk about the software company, which builds digital tools for the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USAID and others to help them better track and monitor the delivery of medicines, supplies and food to the developing world.

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Closer Look: Singer Swati Mishra; Clay Cane; And More

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Legal analyst Page Pate weighs in on what prevents lawsuits against state agencies, and why convictions are rare in police-involved murder trials;
  • 20:18: Journalist, filmmaker and author Clay Cane talks about his journey to self-acceptance, and his collection of stories that highlights the struggles of LGBT minorities in America;
  • 36:42: Singer Swati Mishra discusses combining her love for music with her Indian roots as part of “Closer Look’s” summer indie music series.

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Closer Look: Fulton Property Taxes; Gas Stations; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott follows up with Fulton County Chairman John Eaves on the Fulton County Commission’s unanimous vote to freeze property values at 2016 levels;
  • 7:58: Eric Nelsen, an analyst with Oliver Wyman, talks about a study that predicts the future of gas stations, and how it will be vastly different from today’s gas marts;
  • 19:22: Scott gives a news brief on the new Senate health care bill that was unveiled today;
  • 29:55: David Schaefer, director of advocacy for the Latin American Association and Jaime Rangel, an immigrant from Mexico who is a “Dreamer,” discuss Immigrant Heritage Month.

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Closer Look: Karen Handel’s Victory; MiniCity; And More

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress give a news brief on Karen Handel becoming Georgia’s first Republican woman headed to Congress;
  • 2:35: Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie talks about what a Karen Handel win means for Georgia and the nation;
  • 18:29: India Hayes, co-founder and director of strategic partnerships at MiniCity, and Amber McCain, co-founder and marketing director at MiniCity, talk about their new nonprofit, which uses technology to try to solve one of the biggest barriers for homeless citizens, a lack of the necessary legal identification documents to get help;
  • 33:09: Latin American Chamber of Commerce director Glianny Fagundo talks about Puerto Rico voting to be part of the U.S.

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Closer Look: Refugees Reflect On Coming To Georgia

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Rose and Jim give a news brief on the Election Day in the 6th Congressional District race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.
  • 1:28: As part of World Refugee Day we hear the stories of Aimee Zangandou from Rwanda, Pasupati Regmi from Bhutan and Soleen Karim from Pakistan, three former refugees who have resettled in Georgia.
  • 20:41: Jim speaks to Google Travel expert, LaToya Drake, about the top 4th of July destinations.
  • 29:34: Amplio Recruiting is a staffing firm that sources 100 percent of its talent from the refugee workforce. We learn more from the Atlanta based firm’s business development director, Luke Keller, and Najib Zahedi, a refugee who found work through the company. 

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