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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Industry Leaders Discuss The Intersection Of Tech & Activism

Atlanta tech entrepreneur Jewel Burks Solomon, head of Google For Startups for the US and managing partner of Collab Capital, Justin Dawkins, managing partner at Collab Capital and co-founder of Goodie Nation, and Barry Givens, Managing Director at Techstars and Managing Partner at Collab Capital, join the program for a roundtable conversation on the role of technology in modern day activism. Plus, Ashley Robinson, Principal of the BLUE Institute, discusses a new virtual leadership training program for young millennials of color. And, we hear the latest on today’s preliminary hearing for the three men charged with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

Closer Look: Dr. Tobe Johnson; Atlanta’s Taxi Industry; And More

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

  • 0:00 News brief on voters choosing a person to succeed Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District;
  • 1:21 Rick  Hewatt, president of Atlanta Checker Cab, talks about Atlanta’s taxi industry;
  • 20:19 Fran Burst Terranella, producer, director and filmmaker, tells Closer Look about her journey in the film industry for Women’s History month;
  • 35:10 Dr. Tobe Johnson, professor and chair of political science, Morehouse College; Michael Tyler, former student; and Laris Hodges, former student, chats about Dr. Johnson’s six-decade tenure and retirement.

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Closer Look: Georgia’s Women’s Universities Special

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

  • 0:00: Elizabeth Hackett, associate professor of women’s studies and philosophy at Agnes Scott College and Anndrekia Maha, graduating senior at Agnes Scott, talks about the college, in a special edition of “Closer Look” for Women’s History month;
  • 18:30: Ellen Futral Hanson, Wesleyan College associate professor of music, and Zoe Nuhfrer, Wesleyan sophomore, chats about their school, which was founded in 1836;
  • 29:30: Dr. Cynthia Spence, Spelman College sociology professor, Nzali Scales, Spelman sophomore, Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of health sciences at Brenau University Women’s College, and Bethany Green, Brenau University senior, talk about their respective colleges.

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Closer Look: Recess Bill; Temple Grandin; And More

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

  • 0:00: Jim Burress gives a news brief on former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue testifying before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. He is a nominee to be the next US Secretary of Agriculture;
  • 1:52: Tinaz Pavri, political scientist at Spelman College, and Hashim Gibrill, political science professor at Clark Atlanta University, speaks about common threads that helped President Donald Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders win elections;
  • 21:10: Dr. Laurence Beer, hospitalist and Emory University assistant professor, discusses how Georgia lawmakers are considering a bill that would require students from kindergarten to fifth grade to have at least 30 minutes of unstructured free time;
  • 32:02: Temple Grandin, renowned autism advocate, talks about her journey as part of “Closer Look’s” celebration of Women’s History month.

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Closer Look: Service Dogs; Bessie Margolin; And More

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

  • 0:00: Marlene Trestman, author of “Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin,” and Charlotte Margolin, a member of Bessie Margolin’s family, talk about the life and career of the only woman on the legal team that defended President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, for Women’s History month;
  • 18:59: Rosalie Brown and her seizure response dog, Rolex, join “Closer Look”  to talk about canine-assistance program and how Rolex helps manage her epilepsy;
  • 31:28: Jonathan Yellowhair, member of the Navajo tribe, and Kaitlin Curtice, member of the Potawatomi tribe, discuss how the Dakota Access Pipeline protests are about much more than environmental concerns.

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Closer Look: A Look At The Lives And Accomplishments Of Women

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

  • 0:00: Griselda Thomas, associate professor in interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of African and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University and Charissa Threat, assistant professor at Spelman College, talk to us about the struggles of southern black women during the turn of the twentieth century for Women’s History month;
  • 20:48: Mattiwilda Dobbs, pioneer and African-American opera singer, is profiled on “Closer Look,” as we look at her career and life;
  • 28:37: Ben Sitton, campus executive director at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Fernanda Dias, a graduate of the institute, tells us that fewer than 10 percent of AIM’s students are women. That number is significant, however, because only 5 percent of currently-working aviation mechanics are women.

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Closer Look: Tom Frieden; Opioid Abuse; And More

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

  • 0:00: Mary Blumberg, program manager of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Division of Aging and Health Resources, advocate Dorothy “Dot” Benson, and Sandy Springs resident Lois Evans talk about housing affordability for the local aging populations as part of “Closer Look’s”series on affordable housing;
  • 17:59: Johnny Kauffman reports on the latest conflict between businesses and workers on how managers schedule employees’ shifts;
  • 22:14: Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talks about the growing medical concerns with the abuse of opiods, such as heroin and prescription pain relievers;
  • 38:05: Social science researcher Tasseli McKay and Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, discuss a survey that says Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning continue to face heightened levels of violence and discrimination in society.

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