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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Neuropsychologist Discusses COVID Brain Fog & New Study; Airbnb Prepares For Summer Travel; Clayton State University Student Discusses Plans After Graduation

Dr. Faith Gunning, a psychologist and the vice-chair of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, joins “Closer Look” to discuss why some people experience brain fog after recovering from COVID-19 and a new study she’s conducting to see if a prescription video game could be an effective form of treatment. Plus, Ben Breit, a public affairs representative at Airbnb, discusses Summer of Responsible Travel, an 8-point plan to help hosts and guests stay safe amid the pandemic as travel returns and the demand for short-term home rentals increase during the summer. Lastly, Rose talks with Clayton State University student André Lagoueyte to kick off this year’s “Road To Graduation” series.

Massive Job Fair To Be Held In Tucker; Fulton County Library System Partly Reopens; New Research Suggests People With Intellectual Disabilities May Face Discrimination When Seeking COVID Treatment

Tucker city leaders say the area is experiencing an economic renaissance amid the pandemic. Emory Morsberger, the president of the Tucker Summit Community Improvement District, joins “Closer Look” to discusses a multi-agency initiative to attract more workers to Tucker, Georgia. Plus, Gayle Hunter Holloman, of the Fulton County Library System, discusses the re-opening of Fulton County libraries. Lastly, Curt Harris, the director of the Institute for Disaster Management in the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health, discusses a new research paper that reveals that people with intellectual disabilities may face discrimination when seeking COVID-19 treatment due to unconscious biases in the health care system.

NPU-V community Discusses The Reinstatement Of Officer Garrett Rolfe; Fulton County Library Opens For Two Days A Week; GSU Launches Micro-Mobility Lab

DeMicha Luster, NPU-V community leader, joins “Closer Look’ to discuss the Atlanta Civil Service Board’s ruling to reinstate Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last summer. Plus, Gayle Hunter Holloman, the executive director for the Fulton County Library System, discusses the re-opening of Fulton County libraries. Lastly, educators Chris Wyczalkowski, Deidre Oakley discuss Georgia State University’s Urban Studies Institute creation of micro-mobility lab to study micro-scale transportation.

Atlanta Civil Service Board Reverses Former APD Officer’s Termination; Smyrna Lifts Mask Restrictions; Local Lawmaker Joins Race To Become Georgia’s Next Secretary of State; Clayton State University Student Gears Up For Graduation

The Atlanta Civil Service Board ruled that Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last summer, was wrongfully terminated. Criminal Defense Attorney and WABE Legal Analyst Page Pate joins “Closer Look” to discuss the board’s decision to reverse Rolfe’s termination. Smyrna Mayor Derek Norton talks with show host Rose Scott about why he lifted mask restrictions and the city’s ongoing response to combat COVID-19. Plus, State Representative Bee Nguyen, who represents District 89, shares why she’s jumping in the race to be Georgia’s next secretary of state. Lastly, Rose talks with Clayton State University student André Lagoueyte to kick off this year’s “Road To Graduation” series.

Governor Kemp Eases More COVID Restrictions; Airbnb Gears Up for Summer Travel Amid Pandemic; Atlanta-area Students Launch Online Tutoring Platform

WABE health reporter and host of the podcast “Did You Wash Your Hands?” Sam Whitehead joins “Closer Look” to discuss the latest coronavirus-related news, including Georgia’s current vaccination efforts and Governor Kemp’s latest move to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Plus, Ben Breit, a public affairs representative at Airbnb, discusses Summer of Responsible Travel, an 8-point plan to help hosts and guests stay safe amid the pandemic as travel returns and the demand for short-term home rentals increase during the summer. Plus local high school students Jatong Su, Paul Philip, Bedansh Pandey and Benson Zhan recently launched Ingenify amid the pandemic. The students share how the free online tutoring platform works and the feedback they’ve received so far from student users

New Report Reveals Nationwide Diversity Gaps On State Supreme Courts; N.O.B.L.E. President Discusses Policing In Communities Of Color; UPS Looks To The Future, Purchases New Electric Aircraft

In 2019, the Brennan Center for Justice released the State Supreme Court Diversity. The report outlined racial, ethnic and gender disparities on state high courts across the United States. Georgia State Law professor Tanya Washington, Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia, of Gideon’s Promise, join “Closer Look.” They talk with show host Rose about what an updated report reveals about the state of diversity as it relates to state supreme courts. Plus, Lynda Williams, the president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (N.O.B.L.E.), discusses several topics, including a recent virtual conversation centered around policing in Black communities, Derek Chauvin’s murder trial and police reform. Lastly, Bala Ganesh, the vice president of engineering at UPS shares details about his company’s recent purchase of ten electric airplanes from Beta Technologies. 

Congresswoman Nikema Williams Proposes Bill That Aims To Restore Communities Disrupted By Highway Construction; UPS Purchases New Electric Aircraft

Congresswoman Nikema Williams, who represents Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, joins “Closer Look” to discuss a new proposed bill that aims to restore neighborhoods damaged by highway construction projects in the 1950s. Plus,Bala Ganesh, the vice president of engineering at UPS, discusses his company’s recent purchase of ten electric airplanes from Beta Technologies.

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