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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Closer Look: Fighting Allergies; ‘No Thru Traffic’; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose and Jim give a news brief that there are signs in your neighborhood that read “No Thru Traffic.” William Johnson, chief operating officer and the Commissioner of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works tells us more;
  • 8:47: Manisha Lance,  Director of Programs for Raksha, talks about domestic violence within immigrant communities. Today we look at how the abuse affects families in the South Asian community;
  • 23:31: Dr. Stanley Fineman, of Atlanta Allergy and Asthma, chats about pollen count within Atlanta and how effective  OTC medications are during this year’s allergy season;
  • 37:04: Hannah Palmer, author of “Flight Path,” speaks about her journey as she rediscovers communities lost to Atlanta’s growing airport.

Closer Look: Atlanta Named A Tech Mecca; I-285 Accident; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose and Jim give a news brief on an overturned tanker truck carrying over 7,000 gallons of fuel on Interstate 285 in Clayton County disrupting traffic. Atlanta fire Battalion Chief Stephen Hill tells us the latest on the spill;
  • 5:01: Guy Anthony, president and founder of Black, Gifted & Whole Foundation; George Johnson, vice president of the foundation; and Jauan Durbin, first scholarship recipient and Morehouse freshman, chat about the nonprofit which empowers young, queer, black men by awarding scholarships to attend college;
  • 21:15: Asante Bradford, Project Manager of Digital Entertainment and Emerging Media for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, talks about Forbes ranking Atlanta third in its list of tech meccas of the future;
  • 35:48: Jeffrey Tumlin, Interim Director of Oakland’s Department of Transportation, speaks about how the city of Oakland created its own Department of Transportation.

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Closer Look: ‘Sesame Street’s’ New Face; I-85 Update; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose and Jim give a news brief on Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says its operations continue to stabilize, after severe weather disrupted service. Plus a look at the leadership changes at Morehouse College;
  • 4:14: Becky Katz, ATL chief bicycle officer talks about the city of Atlanta’s bike share program expanding to 65 locations;
  • 18:13: Chris Tomlinson, executive director and board secretary of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, chats about how to navigate around the I-85 bridge collapse as the reconstruction continues;
  • 33:00: Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of social impact, talks about “Sesame Street’s” new character called Julia. She is Sesame Street’s first muppet who is on the autism spectrum. We find out why Julia is important for the audience.

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Closer Look: Syrian Air Strikes; Physician Assistants; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on the U.S. firing 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria. Dr. Heval Kelli, cardiologist and advocate, responds to the air-strikes. He and his family immigrated to Clarkston, Ga., from Syria when he was just a teenager. He now works with immigrants and refugees in his community;
  • 08:34: Documentarian Stanley Nelson talks about his film, “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” which is one of the finalists for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards;
  • 15:06: Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson reacts to the U.S. firing missiles into Syria;
  • 19:56: Physician assistant Ken Ferrell looks back about being one of the first three physician assistants who graduated from Duke University 50 years ago;
  • 35:00: Elysia Douglas, owner of Mother-2-Mother Labor Support Services, reacts to a study called, “How Anticipating Negative Encounters between Police and Black Youth Impact Pregnant African American Women.”

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Closer Look: A Ga. Centenarian Talks Longevity; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose and Jim give a news brief on Georgia cleaning up from damage caused by yesterday’s storm;
  • 2:00: Dr. Linda Britton, senior medical director of United Healthcare of Georgia, talks to us about Georgia ranking 39th in the U.S. for senior health on this special edition of aging; 
  • 16:57: Cynthia Orange, author of Take Good Care, chats to us about moving beyond being caretakers and becoming care givers;
  • 33:15: The story of being Willie Mae Hardy. She is 109 years old and chats to Rose Scott about her life and having longevity. 

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Closer Look: MLK’s Assassination; Ga. Health; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress give an update on the Interstate 85 bridge collapse;
  • 2:41: “Closer Look” looks back to the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis with reflections from journalist and pioneer Xernona Clayton, Bernice King, and readings from “My Life, My Love, My Legacy” by Coretta Scott King, told by Dr. Barbara Reynolds;
  • 16:32: Victoria Brown, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discusses the 2017 County Health Rankings;
  • 26:29: Second Helpings Atlanta Executive Director Joe Labriola talks about how his organization rescues food and gives it to those in need.

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