Bill Nigut

Host & Producer

Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November, 2013. He currently hosts “Two Way Street,” a show that features long-form conversations with authors, artists, chefs, scientists and other creative people who have fascinating stories to tell. He is host and producer of “Political Rewind,” a twice-weekly political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.

Bill spent 20 years as the national and state political correspondent for WSB-TV in Atlanta. In that role, he covered five presidential campaigns, traveling to Iowa, New Hampshire and other key primary states in each presidential election cycle. Bill also covered the White House and Capitol Hill for WSB, commuting from his home in Atlanta when major news stories were breaking in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Chicago, where he developed his love of rough and tumble politics and the Chicago Bears and Da Bulls.

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From the time she was a little girl, Melissa Febos recognized that keeping secrets about her own life gave her a certain power over the people around her. When she was very young the secrets were simple things: she’d take objects from her house, bury them in the yard and then hide the very elaborate maps she drew pinpointing the locations of her treasure.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” and then there were two. Another election is in store on June 20 to determine a winner for the 6th District congressional seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff came extremely close to an outright win, but now faces Republican Karen Handel in a head-to-head challenge that is likely to be even bloodier as the GOP closes ranks. Everyone wants this seat, including President Trump.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” T-minus 9 hours and counting until Election Day dawns for the 6th Congressional District.  The campaign attack ads are in heavy rotation on radio and television and President Trump has even weighed in on Twitter with a swipe at Democrat Jon Ossoff – this one's a big deal.

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This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the death and subsequent funeral of President Franklin Roosevelt. He died on April 12, 1945 at the Little White House in Warms Spring, Georgia; the funeral took place on April 15 in Washington D.C.

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Today on “Political Rewind,”  Tick. Tock. Just one more weekend of 6th District attack ads to weather. Unless there's a runoff, then you get to hear them until June 20! Our panel is recapping the latest polling, the latest attack ads, and the latest drama around a race that's drawing national attention. There's a lot to talk about!

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Today on “Political Rewind,” how does a loss in Kansas still seem like good news for Democrats?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” keeping the White House running. We talk with writer and documentary filmmaker Chris Whipple about his new book “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.”

I loved talking to Bruce Feiler, our guest on today’s show. He’s a man bursting with original ideas; so many that when you talk to him, sometimes two, three thoughts seem to emerge almost simultaneously and you have to figure out which one to focus on at a given moment. That’s fine with me, because he reinterprets ancient stories in a way that allows us to think more deeply about who we are today.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump orders a missile strike on Syria and Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue share their thoughts with us. 

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the weather isn't the only thing that's stormy! 

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Today on “Political Rewind,”  Getting some perspective! We talk to past (and possibly future?) elected Georgian Lynn Westmoreland.

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On this edition of “Two Way Street” we have portraits of two entirely unique George artists.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” TGIF! The session is over and Spring Break is here for lots of Georgians. Good time to get out of Atlanta if you can. 

Sine Die Is Nigh!

Mar 29, 2017
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Today on “Political Rewind,” Sine Die is nigh! As the Georgia General Assembly plans to wrap up the 2017 session tomorrow, what bills are getting the most attention? Lisa Rayam from GPB's “Lawmakers” has the latest on campus carry, religious liberty, and more. One of the biggest questions for Georgia and Governor Nathan Deal: Does it make sense to expand the state's Medicaid program while the ACA is still the law of the land?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the end of the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly is coming at us. What issues are still alive and will this session go out like a lion or a lamb?

On today’s show, we’re going to talk about something that’s completely free of charge but that many, many people might call the most valuable commodity in the world: sleep. It’s supposed to be a restful and restorative process. So why does it produce such anxiety?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” remember the guy spinning plates on Ed Sullivan? We figured that’s what Washington must have felt like today with the GOP health care bill up for a vote but in the midst of our discussion on whether the bill would pass or fail, news broke that it had been pulled from consideration!

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Georgians didn't approve Governor Deal's Opportunity School District measure last November, so what education reform bills will come out of the Gold Dome this session? The AJC's "Get Schooled" writer Maureen Downey joins us to take a look at some of the key efforts.

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Today on “Political Rewind” we spend the full hour with terrorism expert Peter Bergen. The author of "The United States of Jihad," Bergen is an authority on the topic. In addition to being CNN's Terror Analyst, Bergen is one of the few Western journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden in 1997. In the era of travel bans targeting mostly Muslim nations, Bergen says his research shows that the terrorists are already among us, like the Tsarnaev brothers who masterminded the Boston Marathon bombings. They may have been born here, or they may be naturalized U.S.

Our guest today on “Two Way Street” is George Saunders. We’re going to talk about his new book “Lincoln in the Bardo,” which has been one of the most eagerly anticipated works of fiction in a long time.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we first discuss a late-breaking report that recently fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating stock trades made by HHS Secretary (and former Georgia congressman) Tom Price. The report appeared on the website ProPublica.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” it's the Ides of March. Should FBI Director James Comey keep an eye on his back? Comey is meeting with a Senate subcommittee to discuss rumors of Russian tampering and allegations of Obama wiretapping during the last election. And what about Trumpcare? As the president goes on the road to stump for the plan, are the CBO and OMB reports cause for major concern? Can the Republican Party come to some kind of agreement on the plan?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” is your microwave watching you? On Sunday, Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, suggested some unusual ways that the Obama administration might have surveilled Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain says Trump needs to put up or shut up about his claims of illegal wiretapping. Where will this investigation go?

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On today’s edition of “Two Way Street” we’re going to go underground. We’ll explore cool, dark, subterranean regions where thousands of species – from humans to reptiles to insects – have sought shelter and safety, in some cases for hundreds of millions of years, back to the earliest appearances of animal life on Earth.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” repeal and replace ... with what?  The Republicans have rolled out their healthcare plan but it's a hard sell even within the party. We take a deep dive into the perplexing problems that a national health care plan means with Andy Miller of Georgia Health News.  

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Mar 8, 2017

Today on “Political Rewind,” we put some listeners in the hot seat. Our Citizens Panel (including one green card resident from Germany), joined us at GPB studios to tell us about their reactions to the first few weeks of the Donald Trump presidency.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” another weekend, another POTUS tweetstorm. As Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping him in the waning days of the 2016 campaign, partisan battles get even uglier. Where did this story originate and is there any proof these claims could be accurate? Our panel has much to say.

On today’s “Two Way Street” we talk with Rodger Lyle Brown, the author of “Party Out of Bounds: The B-52s, R.E.M. and the Kids Who Rocked Athens, Georgia.” It’s the story of how Athens became the center of the rock and roll universe starting around 1980 and continuing for almost 20 years.

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Today on "Political Rewind," it’s Crossover Day at the Capitol, if a bill doesn't make it out of the House or the Senate by the end of the day, it's dead for this session. We spoke with Lisa Rayam from GPB’s "Lawmakers," and Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for updates on bills that have made the cut and others that probably won’t.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” U.S. immigration policy is front and center for our panel today. President Trump's initial executive order barring residents of seven majority Muslim countries has been temporarily blocked. What will the new version look like and how will it be enforced?  

The panel also discussed Crossover Day, coming up this Friday. As the deadline looms, which bills are getting a last-minute push in the Georgia General Assembly?

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