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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Georgia’s Largest School District Offers In-person and Digital Classes Amid Pandemic

Plus, Emma Seppälä, the science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the co-director Wellness at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, discusses a study she co-authored that reveals how a specific breathing technique could be helpful for people experiencing increased anxiety during the pandemic.

And, Peter Roberts, a professor of organization and management at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, talks about the pros and cons of the Paycheck Protection Program.

Closer Look: Brookhaven; Anthony Hill; Tobacco; And More

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

  • 0:00: Lisa Hagen reports from the DeKalb County Courthouse, where a DeKalb County criminal grand jury is hearing the case of Officer Robert Olsen, who shot and killed resident Anthony Hill;
  • 3:59: Dr. Carla Berg, associate professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, talks about the schools studies delving into the connection between tobacco-related policy and how lawmakers view tobacco;
  • 17:33: Newly-elected mayor of Brookhaven John Ernst discusses his campaign and his plans for the city;
  • 35:50: Candace Wheeler talks about the case involving the death of Anthony Hill, hoverboard refunds, “Making A Murderer” and a petition against Kanye West in today’s “Trending” segment;
  • 40:00: Jennifer Bonnett, acting director of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center, discusses the recent boom in tech startups in Georgia;
  • 54:42: Ken Hevert, senior vice president of Fidelity, talks about financial New Year’s resolutions;
  • 56:47: Molly Samuel reports on the possibility of oil drilling and gas development off the Georgia coast.

Closer Look: Clark Atlanta; Art Of Storytelling; And More

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

  • 0:00: Clark Atlanta University spokesperson Donna Brock talks about a community forum at the university to address crime on college campuses;
  • 11:00: Gov. Nathan Deal speaks with Denis O’Hayer about his controversial education reform committee;
  • 21:06: Anthony Vinson and Shannon Turner, director and associate director of the Peach State Storytelling Festival, discuss what exactly makes a good story;
  • 38:14: Candace Wheeler talks about the Oscar boycott, Jamie Foxx’s rescuing a man from a burning vehicle and Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service devices in today’s “Trending” segment;
  • 41:50: Charlie Stokes, retiring president and CEO of the CDC foundation, reflects upon his career at the organization;
  • 57:55: Dr. Ford Vox discusses a new way to detect some types of brain injuries and unnecessary medical tests in this week’s “Medical Minute”;
  • 1:02:57: Tennessee-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero talks about her recent project “The Watchers,” which comprises photos of people staring at her.

Closer Look: Diversity At Oscars; Heroin Deaths; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress report on the Atlanta Police Department’s announcement that it will turn over all officer-involved shooting cases to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation;
  • 1:08: Rose Scott and Jim Burress report on the rise of heroin overdose deaths in Fulton County, and revisit the WABE documentary “Stuck in the Bluff”;
  • 11:57: Rose Marie Mason tells her daughter and niece about her pioneering ancestry in this week’s edition of “StoryCorps Atlanta”;
  • 16:29: Rose and Jim reflect on the life and legacy of the late Glenn Frey, the founding member and lead singer of Eagles;
  • 19:26: Gil Robertson, founder and president of the African American Film Critics Association, discusses the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees;
  • 32:32: Commentator Maria Saporta explains how John Bryant, founder of Atlanta-based Operation Hope, is carrying on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.;
  • 34:31: Candace Wheeler talks about the Supreme Court’s announcement that it would consider a legal challenge to President Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration rules, a Facebook initiative to counter hate speech and the death of Glenn Frey in today’s “Trending” segment;
  • 39:48: Michell Eloy reports on the press conference in which the Atlanta Police Department announced it will turn over officer-involved shooting cases to the GBI;
  • 45:01: Diego Aponte, chairman of Morehouse College Republicans, discusses millennials and politics.

Closer Look: Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream

NOTE: Today’s special Martin Luther King Jr. Day edition of “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress” is a partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

  • 0:00: National Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Derreck Kayongo discusses his new role and new vision for the center, and reflects upon the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
  • 15:11: Rev. Bernice King reflects on her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his influence throughout the world;
  • 17:21: Atlantans give their thoughts on the state of race relations in America;
  • 18:37: Ryan Roemerman, interim executive director of the LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, discusses the institute and initiatives related to global LGBT rights;
  • 35:08: Rev. Bernice King reflects on her father’s final speech at the at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee;
  • 37:56: More Atlantans reflect on the state of race relations in America;
  • 39:14: Candace Wheeler talks about social media response to Martin Luther King Jr. Day;
  • 42:48: David Mandel, director of exhibitions and design at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, talks about the new Martin Luther King Jr. exhibition that just opened: “King and Youth Involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement”;
  • 55:29: Deborah Richardson, executive vice president at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, talks about the center’s International Human Trafficking Institute and contemporary gender-based human rights issues;
  • 1:12:13: Civil rights activist Xernona Clayton recalls conversations with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his mother, Alberta Christine Williams King.

Closer Look: Chipotle; ‘Ultimate Job Interview’; And More

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

  • 0:00: Tasnim Shamma reports live on the results of a study commissioned by the Fulton County District Attorney’s office on heroin-related crime and deaths;
  • 5:17: Lisa Borders, chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president of Global Community Affairs at Coca-Cola, discusses the 2016 HOPE Global Forums annual meetings taking place in Atlanta;
  • 18:28: Listeners give their feedback on “Closer Look” segments;
  • 20:28: Austin Mueller, student at the University of Georgia and winner of the “Ultimate Job Interview Contest,” talks about his plan to “make a mark” on Atlanta;
  • 32:03: Candace Wheeler talks about sexual harassment in Silicon Valley, E. coli in Chipotle and Chicago’s “best cold weather report you’ll ever hear.”

Closer Look: Biking In Atlanta; Pride School; And More

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

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress report on Gov. Nathan Deal’s “State of the State” address, which was titled “Ocean of Opportunity”;
  • 2:22: Christian Zsilavetz, founder and director of the Pride School, Emma Grace Vielowicz, an incoming Pride School student, and her mother, Anna Vielowicz, talk about the school for LGBTQ students, which is opening its doors this fall;
  • 26:07: Georgia Tech math professor Michael Lacey talks about the probability of winning the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot;
  • 32:37: David Skid, executive director and financial advisor at Vantage Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, gives some financial advice for the potential winner of the Powerball jackpot;
  • 47:44: Byron Rushing, bicycle and pedestrian planner at the Atlanta Regional Commission, talks about the ARC’s plan to make Atlanta a more bikeable city;
  • 1:02:34: Dr. Ford Vox discusses the connection between bacteria in your gut and cardiovascular disease in this week’s “Medical Minute” segment;
  • 1:07:10: Georgia Democratic Rep. Keisha Waites talks about the bill she has pre-filed, which would ban conversion therapy for minors;
  • 1:16:48: Stephannie Stokes reports on ERACE, a local group that works to address racism through community discussion;
  • 1:20:58: Candace Wheeler talks about Iran’s release of 10 U.S. Navy sailors, the St. Louis Rams’ move to Los Angeles and Powerball memes;
  • 1:25:02: June Nutter and her son, Gerald Coleman, talk about their shared love of science fiction in this week’s edition of “StoryCorps Atlanta.”

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