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: Hindu Temple; Summer Internships; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress report on how the Coalition for Good Governance, a group that tried to force the use of paper ballots in the 6th District congressional run-off, is now suing to challenge the results of the election;
  • 2:15: ​City of Atlanta Human Resources Commissioner Yvonne Yancy and Department of Watershed Management intern Paris Stroud talk about the city of Atlanta’s summer internship program;
  • 18:14: Last month, Southern Baptist leaders voted to formally denounce the alt-right movement and white nationalism. First Baptist Church Pastor Mark Hearn attended the conference and explains more about the resolution;
  • 33:53: Satyam Mehta, volunteer at the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha temple in Lilburn, Georgia, talks about the tenth anniversary of temple and the temple’s significance in the community.

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Closer Look: Singer Rahbi; Ma Rainey; And More

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

  • 0:00: Dr. Gaylord Lopez, director of the Georgia Poison Center, talks about how state health officials are worrying over a  synthetic narcotic that can be deadly and  is resistant to drugs used to treat opioid overdoses;
  • 8:34: Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta, discusses a new $90 million, 14-story residential tower that is planned for downtown. While housing prices are sky-high, the development promises about 60 of its units will go for affordable workforce housing;
  • 25:31: “Closer Look” revisits a conversation between Scott and H. Johnson about Georgia’s Ma Rainey for African American Music Appreciation Month.
  • 36:50: Funk, rock, soul singer and “Prince of his world” Rahbi speaks with Scott and Burress as part of “Closer Look’s” Summer Indie Music Series.

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Closer Look: Preventing HIV In Atlanta; Billy Howard; And More

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

  • 0:00: As part of “Closer Look’s” special series “Ending HIV in Atlanta,” Rose Scott and Jim Burress host a roundtable on what are the barriers that keep HIV prevention efforts from being as effective as they can be in Atlanta. The hosts speak to Sister Love founder Dazon Dixon Diallo, Ponce de Leon Center medical director Dr. Wendy Armstrong and Dr. Patrick Sullivan, professor of Epidemiology at Emory University;
  • 24:46: Famed Atlanta photographer Billy Howard recounts some of the dying AIDS patients he photographed in the 1980s;
  • 34:06: Dr. Melanie Thompson, principal investigator of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and Chair of the Prevention and Care Committee of the Fulton County Task Force, Vision Church of Atlanta’s Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III and the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition’s Dr. Mojgan Zare discuss what Atlanta can do to to address the barriers that prevent some people from not only seeking treatment but sustaining a healthy quality of life.

Bonus hour 

  • 1:11 “Closer Look” talked with Greg Smith, executive director Human Impact Project of Atlanta (HIPAtlanta), and Richard, an African American gay man living in Atlanta tells his story, as we look at African-American men who have sex with men.

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Closer Look: PrEP Access; ‘A Very Sordid Wedding’; And More

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

  • 0:00: Dr. David Holland, medical administration for Fulton County’s Department of Health and Wellness, talks about challenges in preventing new HIV diagnoses in terms of funding and access to care as part of “Closer Look’s” series “Ending HIV in Atlanta”;
  • 19:48: Darwin Thompson, executive director of NAESM, discusses PrEP, a pill that can prevent someone from contracting HIV, what’s being done to educate those at high risk, and what barriers prevent access to the medication;
  • 34:34: Writer and director Del Shores, producer and actor Emerson Collins, and actress Ann Walker talk about their new film, “A Very Sordid Wedding,” which had its Georgia premiere today and is a follow-up to the LGBT cult-classic, “Sordid Lives” starring Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedelia, and Olivia Newton-John.

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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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