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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New Cobb County Sheriff Talks Plans For His First 100 Days In Office

Plus, Stephanie Schriocki is the co-author of the book “Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World.” The political strategist and president of Emily’s List, shares details about her book and her organization’s efforts to empower women running for public office. 

Closer Look: Altheida Mayfield; Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong; And More

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on area school closure due to continuing icy conditions from the winter weather.
  • 3:12: Our ATL68 series continues with Altheida Mayfield, wife of the late Curtis Mayfield. We’ll hear the backstory behind a meeting that was set to take place between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Curtis Mayfield, a day before King was assassinated. She joins Rose in studio.
  • 37:22: Sock Fancy, a business located in the Cabbagetown neighborhood, has been vandalized for the second time in two months. The alleged perpetrators took credit for the crime online in both instances, and cited concerns over gentrification as the reason. Atlanta city councilmember Natalyn Archibong, who represents the area, stops by to talk safety in her district.

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Closer Look: Lyft’s Economic Impact Report; Cryptocurrency; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Frigid temperatures and icy conditions continue to cause concerns for Atlanta residents. We get an update from transportation and school officials from APS and DeKalb County.
  • 26:20: While some are eyeing Bitcoin investments, others are saying it’s a risky financial option. We get a crash course on what consumers should know about cryptocurrency from Conor Sen, portfolio manager at Atlanta-based New River Investments and contributor for Bloomberg View.
  • 39:25: Earlier this week, the rideshare company Lyft released its Economic Impact Report for the Atlanta area. We’ll find out the details from Sam Bond, general manager for Lyft Southeast.

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Closer Look: Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., Dr. King’s Nephew; Early Dyslexia Screening; And More

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Dyslexia is often described as a “hidden disability.” Checking for dyslexia may happen only after learning difficulties are identified – and it can be a costly or time-consuming process. Sweden-based company Lexplore has developed an artificial intelligence-based tool that would make early screening easier, faster and larger in scale. And they’re partnering with Atlanta’s The Schenck School and its nonprofit, the Dyslexia Resource Trust, to broaden the reach and impact of dyslexia awareness and screening. We’ll learn more about the tool and dyslexia screening and education from Christopher Grahn, vice president of strategic partnerships for Lexplore; Ellen Hill, director of community engagement for The Schenck School and Dyslexia Resource Trust; and Desiree Maurice, a mother of twins who have both been diagnosed with dyslexia.
  • 27:17: A look at remarks from the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. This year, The King Center has several initiatives to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King.
  • 31:37: Yesterday, the nation celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with events and services across the country. And on social media, many people shared images of the civil rights leaders, along with famous quotes. Are these messages merely memorable, or do they remain relevant to today’s social and political climate? Rose asks Dr. King’s nephew, Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., and gets his reaction to a recent controversy.

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Closer Look: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday on this special edition of “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Today is a special edition of Closer Look in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Rose Scott, and her guests, will reflect on the life, legacy and importance of Dr. King’s work and leadership.
  • 5:00: Illya Davis, Morehouse professor of philosophy and African American studies, joins us in studio.
  • 23:00: Our holiday broadcast continues with Doug Shipman, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center and a scholar on Dr. King.
  • 45:49: Connecting Dr. King’s message to current civil rights movements – it’s a round table discussion with Clark Atlanta University professor Nsenga Burton, Executive Director of the LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Ryan Roemerman, and Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Joycelyn Wilson.

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Closer Look Celebrates Three Years on the Air

Today, “Closer Look” celebrates three years on the airwaves.

We look back at some of the memorable interviews, guests and topics from our program, from our series going inside the now closed Peachtree-Pine shelter to visiting the Brannon Hill condominiums. We also revisit conversations with Atlanta-area seniors and young people who are making a difference. Plus, we hear from entertainment icons like Chaka Khan and Stephanie Mills, as well as advocates like Dr. Temple Grandin. And, for an “in memoriam” segment, we celebrate voices that are no longer with us.

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Closer Look: Fulton County Commission Chairman Rob Pitts; Roswell Mayor Lori Henry; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a newsbrief on Gov. Nathan Deal’s final State of the State address.
  • 2:07: A federal judge in California late Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Judge William Alsup also said the administration must resume receiving DACA renewal applications. The decision prompted President Donald Trump to tweet that the court system was “broken and unfair.” Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley issued a statement saying that the DOJ would continue to defend its position to wind down the DACA program and vowed further litigation. We’ll speak to immigration attorney Sarah Owings about Judge Alsup’s decision and what this means for the program’s “dreamers.”
  • 23:09 For the first time since 1997, Roswell has a new mayor. Lori Henry was elected to the seat in the December runoff election, defeating Lee Jenkins. Mayor Henry joins us in studio.
  • 41:00: Veteran politician Robb Pitts is back, now as Fulton County Commission Chairman. We’ll hear what’s top priority for Georgia’s largest county.

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