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

Focusing In On Wellness Within The Pandemic

First, Jennifer Lester, a psychotherapist, life coach and the founder of The Purpose Project discusses the importance of prioritizing mental health during the pandemic.

Then, we turn to Miriam Phields, a registered yoga teacher and sound path practitioner.

And finally, Briana St. Holder, an Atlanta-based plant curator and interior designer shares why she believes creating a green space in your home can be a form of self-care. 

Closer Look: Super Soaker Inventor Lonnie Johnson; ATV Fines; And More

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on local reaction to the latest Senate health care plan which has collapsed due to lack of votes.
  • 1:22: Dr. Lonnie Johnson is well known for inventing the popular water toy, the Super Soaker. He joins Rose to talk about his long career and his work to increase diversity in technology.
  • 25:00: The Atlanta City Council recently approved increased fines for ATV drivers, which based on multiple offenses, could include a $1,000 fine and 30 days to six months in jail. Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, who introduced the ordinance, tells us more.
  • 37:59: The Atlanta City Council also recently voted to impose a six-month moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than 10 trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, who proposed the measure,  talks about why it was needed to protect the city’s tree canopy.

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Closer Look: MARTA Tech; Sexual Abuse Allegations At Boarding School; And More

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on a special meeting held by the Atlanta Board of Education to discuss a pending ethics complaint.
  • 2:00: How is President Donald Trump’s travel ban affecting local immigrant families in Georgia? We speak to local immigration attorney, Hiba Ghalib, and her client to find out.
  • 19:31: In June, a lawsuit was filed that alleges sexual abuse at a historic Georgia boarding school, the Darlington School, in Rome, Georgia. Rose speaks to attorney Darren Penn who represents the alleged victims.
  • 38:10: WABE’s Elly Yu reports on the uncertain future of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program that protects young immigrants from deportation.
  • 40:22: MARTA recently got rid of its blue Breeze cards in an effort to improve security. We speak to MARTA’s Assistant General Manager of Technology, Ming Hsi, about the changes and other tech innovations for the transit agency.

Note of disclosure: WABE’s broadcast license is held by the Atlanta Board of Education. 

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Closer Look: State Rep. Brenda Lopez; Atlanta’s Tree Canopy; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:
  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on a confirmed human case of West Nile virus in the city of Brookhaven.
  • 2:18: The Atlanta City Council has approved measures to protect the city’s tree canopy. The ordinance imposes a 180-day moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than ten trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, who proposed the ordinance, tells us more.
  • 19:30: State Rep. Brenda Lopez, D-Norcross, is Georgia’s first Latina in the general assembly. She tells us about what her win has done for the Latino community and the state.
  • 40: 51: We continue our affordable housing series, with a look at the concept of tiny houses coming to to the city of Clarkston. Bob Boyd, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in DeKalb, and Clarkston Mayor, Ted Terry tell us more.

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Closer Look: Local Resident Saves 100-Year-Old Oak Tree; Latino USA; and More

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on the Senate committee hearing of former Atlanta federal prosecutor, Christopher Wray. Wray is the is the Trump administration’s pick to succeed James Comey as FBI director. 
  • 6:44: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has a plan to improve the state’s lowest-performing schools by hiring a chief turn around director. It falls under a new law called, The First Priority Act. The Atlanta Public Schools just completes year one of its own initiatives. Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen joins us for a review.
  • 25:00: We find out more about the Latino USA Southeast, a road trip, which includes a stop in Atlanta, as part of our week-long series looking at politics, economics and culture of Georgia’s Latino community with Maria Hinojosa, president and founder of the Futuro Media Group and Host of “In the Thick” and NPR’s “Latino USA.”
  • 48:30: Last year Jennifer Firestone, was sitting in a 100-year-old  oak tree, because the tree was marked for removal by Georgia Power. Firestone and her wife, Lou Benson, stop by to talk about their efforts, which resulted in the tree being saved. 

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Closer Look: Latino Voter Impact; Taste Of AGlanta; And More

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: A new report reveals the state’s Latino voter participation rate in the 2016 presidential election outpaced the national average. But what about mobilizing the Latino vote in local elections? Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund tells us more;
  • 24:17: In our affordable housing series, we look at eviction rates in Fulton County. Elora Raymond, graduate researcher at the Center for Real Estate Analytics and Community and Economic Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Michael Lucas, deputy director of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation tell us more;
  • 44:13: The partnership between farmers and chefs has pushed Atlanta to the forefront of American culture, defining tastes for the city, the region, and beyond. As such, an event has been created called Taste of AGlanta. Mario Cambardella, Atlanta’s Urban Agriculture Director and James Carr, Founder of LongLeaf Media and co-cordinator for Taste of AGlanta, tells us more about its significance. 

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Closer Look: Indie Musician Ash; Raphael W. Bostic; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress report on a hostage situation at a Wells Fargo bank near Marietta;
  • 3:05: Steven Goode, University of Texas professor of law and member of the university’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers, explains how “campus carry” was implemented in Texas and the challenges faced during the implementation;
  • 15:15: Raphael W. Bostic, the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, talks about his childhood and philosophy;
  • 39:16: Dream pop indie artist Ash joins “Closer Look” as part of the program’s “Summer Indie Music” series;
  • 47:53: ”Closer Look” pays tribute to host Jim Burress as he takes on a new post at WABE.

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