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.

Featured Episode

Closer Look: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy; And More

This program is a special edition of “Closer Look” reflecting on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the study of Race and Difference.

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

  • 0:00: A few of metro Atlanta’s youth reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
  • 1:59: Rose Scott and Jim Burress give a news brief on reaction from local lawmakers to President-elect Donald Trump’s comments on Twitter describing Atlanta’s District 5 as “in horrible shape and falling apart — not to mention crime infested” and saying Rep. John Lewis is “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results.” The president-elect’s comments came after a “Meet the Press interview” where Lewis said he did not consider Donald Trump as a “legitimate president.” Also, Atlanta residents share their reaction to the president-elect’s comments;
  • 9:22: Andra Gillespie, director of Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference talks about the work of the institute, its process for selecting research fellows and future initiatives;
  • 24:43: Metro Atlanta residents share their thoughts on racial inequality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day;
  • 26:19: James Weldon Johnson Institute fellows Erik Love, Emily Pope-Obeda and Katie Schank talk about their research projects and how King’s legacy relates to their future careers;
  • 40:58: Gillespie, Love, Pope-Obeda and Schank discuss the social justice movements of today and bridging the divide between generations of activists.

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Closer Look: ACLU’s Andrea Young; Moovn; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress give a news brief of Gov. Nathan Deal’s State of the State message;
  • 1:11: Courtney English, Atlanta Public Schools Board chairman, talks about affordable housing and the plan APS has for its unused buildings;
  • 18:11: Molly Samuel reports on how one frog’s death highlights a global crisis for amphibians;
  • 22:11: Andrea Young, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, talks about her new role and the top priorities for the organization in 2017;
  • 38:22: Gabriel Godwin, CEO of Moovn, talks about the ride-hailing company geared towards African-Americans and its plans for entering the Atlanta market.

Closer Look: ChooseATL; State Of MARTA; And More

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

  • 0:00: Jim Burress and Rose Scott give a news brief on the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Speaker of the House David Ralston’s announcement at the Georgia Chamber’s annual breakfast meeting that legislation will be introduced to create the Georgia Commission for Transit, Governance and Funding;
  • 2:20: Rose Scott reports on the annual State of MARTA gathering;
  • 6:15: Uber Atlanta General Manager Luke Marklin talks about how the company sees the ride-hailing platform as an alternative to owning a vehicle;
  • 15:38: Greg Morrison, automotive expert, talks about the latest trends from the North American International Auto Show;
  • 29:17: Kate Atwood, executive director of the ChooseATL campaign, talks about the Ultimate Job Interview Contest, and finalists A.J. Wilson, Gayla Robbins, Nicole Smith, and alternate finalist Justin Patterson talk about competing in the contest.

Closer Look: Afrithmetic; Ga. Sierra Club; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief about a court decision that says the Georgia university system must grant in-state tuition to immigrants if they are part of the DACA program, which gives temporary permission to stay in the United States;
  • 1:11: Mayor Ted Terry, director of the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club and mayor of Clarkston, talks about the club’s environmental concerns under a Trump presidency;
  • 19:18: WABE’s Johnny Kauffman reports on a new campus carry bill lawmakers want to write;
  • 22:53: Kim Waymer McClure, director of Public Relations for St. James LIVE, and Ronald St. James, co-owner of St. James LIVE, talk about the increased crime in South Fulton;
  • 38:50: Michole Washington, a recent Georgia Tech grad, talks about being just the ninth African-American woman to graduate the school with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics.

Closer Look: APD Millennial Academy; Trachoma; And More

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

  • 0:00: Jim Burress and Rose Scott provide a news brief about Barnes & Noble, Inc. Founder and CEO Leonard Riggio’s $1 million gift to Spelman College;
  • 01:19: Teri Plummer McClure, a top executive at Atlanta-based UPS, talks about her work with the Task Force for Global Health on eliminating trachoma, a blinding eye infection seen mostly in Africa;
  • 18:30: Producer Eboni Lemon visits and profiles the Atlanta Police Department’s “Millennial Leaders Citizen Police Academy”;
  • 24:51: Dr. Ford Vox and Jim Burress present this week’s “Medical Minute” segment with a look at why acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol — could contribute to hearing loss;
  • 29:36: Listeners and PBA employees — including Rose and Jim — reflect on the big toy gifts they got when they were young;
  • 34:42: Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News, talks with Jim Burress and Rose Scott about the big healthcare-related stories of 2016, as well as what to expect in the coming year.

Closer Look: MARTA Holiday Shop; Christmas Calories; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress talk about long-time MARTA employee, Sam Smith, retiring from the transit agency after 50 years, and give a news brief on Georgia’s Public Service Commission approving a deal with Georgia Power to cover the costs of building two nuclear units at Plant Vogtle;
  • 1:42: The Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University and Tech Square Labs have come together to create a mobile health platform. To create the app, researchers are enlisting the help of young people. Dr. Gari Clifford from the Emory University School of Medicine and Corey Shaw, a participant in the program, talk about collecting health data and how it can improve people’s lives;
  • 20:20: Rose Scott goes inside the MARTA holiday gift shop to learn how the transit agency is helping families provide toys at Christmas;
  • 30:01: WABE’s Tasnim Shamma reports on the city of Atlanta’s launch of an app for the streetcar to increase ridership and the number of people paying for rides;
  • 36:36: Researchers say the average person consumes 7,000 calories on Christmas Day. Dietician Rahaf Al-Bochi talks about how to avoid weight gain during the holiday.

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