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: A Green Christmas; Cityhood; And More

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

  • 0:00: Georgia state Rep. Allen Peake talks about the next legislative steps for medical marijuana in the state;
  • 14:08: Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, discusses what the Federal Reserve’s interest raise will mean for Georgia;
  • 31:26: Candace Wheeler explains what’s trending, including Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe gaffe, a new Hermione and a virtual tour of the White House;
  • 36:48: Jenette Gayer, director of Environment Georgia, discusses how consumers can have a less wasteful, more sustainable holiday season;
  • 52:20: Molly Samuel reports on a civil rights lawsuit filed by members of the Gullah-Geechee community on Sapelo Island against the state of Georgia;
  • 56:50: Georgia state Sen. Elena Parent talks about the final cityhood report of the Senate Study Committee on Annexation, De-annexation and Incorporation.

Closer Look: Mayor Kasim Reed; Santa Claus; And More

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

  • 0:00: Frank Brown, executive director of Communities In Schools of Atlanta, discusses the Every Student Succeeds Act;
  • 15:12: Martha Dalton interviews state schools Superintendent Richard Woods about a waiver Georgia received from the No Child Left Behind Act and other aspects of the law;
  • 22:48: Fulton County Chief Judge Jackson Bedford talks about his side career as jolly old Saint Nick;
  • 34:17: Rose Scott reports on the career and life of the late Atlanta opera singer Mattiwilda Dobbs;
  • 41:45: Candace Wheeler looks at what’s trending, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Brazil’s ban on WhatsApp and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
  • 47:03: University of Massachusetts-Amherst researcher Steve Williams talks about new technology that could help scientists quickly identify a disease outbreak by looking at mosquitos;
  • 59:24: Atlanta-area teens share how HIV has affected them as part of VOX ATL’s “VOX Investigates” project on the disease;
  • 1:03:18: Eboni Lemon reports from the local gift-wrapping boutique That’s A Wrap! as part of Closer Look’s series on seasonal jobs;
  • 1:09:08: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed discusses his recent trip to Paris for the international climate talks, a proposed half-cent sales tax to fund MARTA and other topics.

Closer Look: Morris Brown; Interest Rates; Drones; And More

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

  • 0:00: Tom Smith, associate professor at Emory’s Goizuetta Business School, discusses what the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates could mean for the average American;
  • 11:43: Dr. Ford Vox talks about gun violence and mental health in this week’s “Medical Minute”;
  • 16:39: Dr. Fatema Shafiei, professor of environmental politics at Spelman College, examines what the recent climate talks could mean for developing nations and communities of color.
  • 31:36: Atlanta-based photographer Andrew Feiler discusses his book of photography about Morris Brown College, titled “Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color.”
  • 46:34: Candace Wheeler talks about #WhitesAgainstTrump, transgender model Tracey “Africa” Norman and a screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the International Space Station;
  • 51:22: Samir Saini, Atlanta’s technology commissioner and Chief Information Officer, discusses Atlanta’s digital and technological footprint;
  • 1:06:32: Gabbie Watts reports on artists whose sketches help fight crime through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation;
  • 1:11:02: Author Tracey Wilen talks about her expectations for job security and growth for 2016;
  • 1:12:35: Matt Sloane and Ben Kroll of Atlanta Drone Consultants teach Rose and Jim how to fly a drone.

Closer Look: Ron Clark; School Safety; And More

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

  • 0:00: Atlanta Public Schools board chair Courtney English discusses the school district’s approach to safety in light of the three-year anniversaries of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and Atlanta’s Price Middle School;
  • 7:43: WABE legal analyst Page Pate recaps the most prominent court cases of 2015 and gives a preview of what could be on the dockets for 2016;
  • 22:40: Douglasville mayor-elect Rochelle Robinson discusses her plans for the city and what it’s like to be the city’s first female and first African-American person elected to that office;
  • 36:38: Candace Wheeler talks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, one school’s ban on holidays, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year and musician Ed Sheeran’s break from social media;
  • 41:58: Rose Scott and Jim Burress report on recent developments in the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office’s data security breach;
  • 42:48: Dr. Beverly Tatum, President Emerita of Spellman College, discusses college admissions and race in regards to the current Supreme Court case on affirmative action.
  • 59:01: Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta who was recently included in the “top 50 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize,” talks about his teaching style.
  • 1:15:39: Jim Burress and Stephannie Stokes report on the 2,500th C-130 “Hercules” aircraft manufactured at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility.

Closer Look: The Year In LGBT; Ga. Sports; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress begin the program with an announcement from Georgia’s secretary of state over the voter information data breach in October;
  • 0:56: Elly Yu reports on one Syrian family who arrived in Georgia despite Gov. Nathan Deal’s stance on not allowing refugees into the state;
  • 6:09: Patrick Saunders, deputy editor of The Georgia Voice, looks back at 2015’s landmark events in the LGBT community and looks forward to what the 2016 legislative session might bring;
  • 19:52: Atlantans talk about what they think were the biggest Georgia stories of 2015;
  • 20:54: Sports reporter Brian Jones goes over the week in sports – including new court cases over fantasy Web sports, Georgia’s bowl games, Kirby Smart becoming the new coach of the University of Georgia football team and more;
  • 33:11: Candace Wheeler looks at what’s trending in the news – including affirmative action reaching the U.S. Supreme Court, Michelle Obama rapping and a hot Santa Claus.

Closer Look: Brannon Hill; Hepatitis C; And More

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

  • 0:00: Homeland security consultant Jeff Parks discusses active shooter scenarios;
  • 15:31: Lisa Hagen reports on the recent rise of child fatalities due to firearms;
  • 20:06: Murray Penner, executive director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and co-chair of the Fair Pricing Coalition, talks about the effective, but prohibitively expensive, cure for Hepatitis C;
  • 37:23: Candace Wheeler talks about what’s “Trending,” including the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a controversial new Coca-Cola advertisement and the 2016 Grammy nominees;
  • 40:55: DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester discusses Brannon Hill, a condominium complex in Dekalb that is home to numerous immigrants and refugees and is gaining national attention for its harsh, run-down conditions;
  • 56:20: Amy Kirby, assistant research professor at Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Water, talks about the food-related illness Norovirus and how to avoid it.

*Correction: A previous version of this story indicated that the Brannon Hill Condominium Complex is located in Clarkston. It is actually located in unincorporated Dekalb County near the city of Clarkston.

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