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.

Ways to Connect

Thomas Cizauskas / Flickr/CC

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?

Evan Vucci / AP Photo

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!

Ken Lund / Creative Commons

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.

Courtesy Peter Bergen

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.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

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.

Stephan Savoia / AP Photo

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?

Michelle / Flickr/CC

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?

Ruth Schowalter

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.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

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.  

Georgia Citizens Panel

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.

Luis M. Alvarez / AP Photo

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.

Ken Lund / Flickr

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.

Jim Lo Scalzo / Pool Image via AP

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?

Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

Today on “Political Rewind,” Donald Trump dials back on the Obama executive order that provided accommodation for transgender teens to use the bathroom of their choice in public schools. The administration says it’s a matter of states’ rights, not civil rights. What does this mean in the fight for LGBTQ rights across the country? And what other rights might be affected? Our panel focuses on a very contentious issue.

AP Photo

This years marks the 150th anniversary of the oldest Jewish congregation in Atlanta – the Temple, which was founded in 1867. The congregation was made up largely of well-to-do Atlantans – businessmen and their families who were well respected by many in the much larger Christian community.

David Goldman / AP Photo

Today on “Political Rewind,” we’re broadcasting from the State Bar for the second year in a row with a live audience here for the discussion.

Rick Bowmer / AP Photo

Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump and the topic of tone. A month into his administration, is Trump starting to realize that what he says may not be as important as how he says it? Take his statements on the vandalism at a Jewish cemetery and bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers across the country: when he’s off the cuff, he’s still a little rough but pulls it together when his remarks are prepared. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer laments, “It’s never good enough.”

Public Domain

Today on “Political Rewind,” it’s Presidents Day! While some of you may celebrate with a day off from work, we couldn’t miss this chance to celebrate the nation’s highest office. Even our musical selections throughout the show pay homage to various Commanders-in-Chief. Can you name all of the tunes?

On today’s show we talk to two singer-songwriters who are part of the rich community of musical artists who live and work in Nashville – one of the great music mecca’s of this country.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

Today on “Political Rewind,” we are one month into the Trump administration and for members of the American media, it’s been a very rocky road so far. From Steve Bannon’s declaration that the media are the “opposition party” to yesterday’s unorthodox presidential press briefing, the disconnect is very real and very apparent. 

Bryan Cox / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Today on “Political Rewind,” we take a deep dive into immigration issues, something that touches the lives and businesses of more Georgians than you might realize. 

David Goldman / AP Photo

Today on “Political Rewind,” State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) continues his push to expand the legal use of medical marijuana in the state of Georgia. 

On today’s show we’re going to talk to historian and author Timothy Tyson. His new book, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” is an in-depth exploration of the horrific 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, the Chicago boy who traveled to Money, Mississippi to visit his mother’s family and who after a fateful chance encounter with a white woman in a general store was kidnapped and brutally murdered.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

Today on “Political Rewind,” a U.S. Senate scuffle over the Jeff Sessions nomination is sparking lots of conversation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) shut down Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) when she started quoting a letter that Coretta Scott King wrote denouncing Sessions in 1986.

Evan Vucci / AP Photo

Today on “Political Rewind,” we're trying to distract ourselves after the unfortunate outcome of Super Bowl LI, so we're wading back into the national political waters! We're greatly pleased to have Time magazine editor-at-large David von Drehle joining us from KCUR in Kansas City to talk about the current cover article: "Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?"

Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians

Our show today is devoted to looking at the work of one of Georgia’s literary giants: Carson McCullers. She was born in Columbus in 1917. Her father ran a jewelry store. Her mother’s chief occupation always seemed to be doting upon and caring for her sickly daughter Carson.

Evan Vucci / AP Photo

Today on “Political Rewind,” it's week two of the Trump administration and Twitter continues to play an important role in tracking the thoughts of POTUS. From chiding Iran over its test of a ballistic missile: "Iran is playing with fire," to zinging the man who replaced him on his TV show: "Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger did a really bad job as Governor of California and even worse on the Apprentice...but at least he tried hard!" But our panel also discussed a serious topic that Trump brought up at the National Prayer Breakfast: His plans to abolish the so-called "Johnson amendment" which says that 501C-3 organizations cannot endorse political candidates.

Pages