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

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Announces Plans to Sign A Mask Mandate

Councilmember Andre Dickens shares his thoughts on the mayor’s decision. Also, J.C. Roper and Douglas Burrell, equity partners at the Atlanta-based law firm Drew, Eckl & Farnham, discuss their firm’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Finally, children’s book author Anastasia Higginbotham shares ways parents can talk with their children about racism and racial equity.

Wrongful Arrest of Black Man In South Georgia Gains National Attention

Also, Dragon Con’s in-person convention has been canceled. Spokesperson Dan Carroll discusses plans to host a virtual gathering.

City Council President Speaks Out Against The Killing Of An 8-Year-Old Atlanta Child

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore is calling on councilmembers and the mayor to come together to address a deadly holiday weekend of gun violence in Atlanta.

Conversations About Giving Back And Gratitude During COVID-19

First, we hear from two local teenagers – Grey Cohen and Braxton Chadwick – who started their own initiatives to help those in need during the pandemic. Then, Kirk Chase Leacock, a southwest Atlanta resident, shares what it was like to receive the gift of free groceries from Tyler Perry. And finally, Desai and Amy Comeau, vice president of marketing strategy and support at Emory Healthcare, discuss a new video series that sheds light on a day in the life of Emory frontline workers.

The Story Behind The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Plus, a conversation about keeping the culture and land for Gullah Geechee descendants on Saeoplo Island with Victor-Alan Weeks and Jennifer Thompson, recent graduates of Davidson College, and Maurice Bailey, Sapelo Island Resident and Community Liaison. And finally, Adam Gelb, CEO and President of the Council on Criminal Justice, discusses a recently published 15-step report with recommendations for reform the United States’ criminal justice system.

Can Georgia’s Voting Issues Be Fixed Before The Big Election?

Plus, election integrity advocate Marilyn Marks discusses the state’s new voting machines, cybersecurity and other concerns she has surrounding Georgia’s voting process.

Emory Epidemiologist Talks Pandemic’s Toll On Georgia’s Rural Communities

Plus, Jelani Favors, associate professor of history at Clayton State University and author of “Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism,” gives historical context to today’s Black Lives Matter protests.

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