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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Today on “Political Rewind,” the election of Donald Trump came as a surprise to many, including analysts, journalists, and television anchors alike. Collectively known as "the media," those on the left and right both got it wrong. Is there a difference between bad coverage and not getting it right? With the election behind us and a new president-elect preparing to take office, how will those in the business of producing political news move forward?

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If I could say only one thing about my conversation with author Lee Smith for this edition of “Two Way Street” it would be this:

Listen to her voice.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama met for the first time face to face. How did the meeting go and how did the meeting aid in continuing the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power despite the fierce rivalry the two have had? We look back at other noteworthy executive transfers and compare them to what we expect over the coming months.

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Today on "Political Rewind," the race to the White House concluded early Wednesday morning with a President-Elect Donald Trump. The billionaire businessman defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against the predictions of many experts. Our panel discusses the question remaining, what kind of president will Trump be?

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Today on "Political Rewind," the closing arguments are being made as candidates and their surrogates wind down their last minute push toward the White House. We bring you the most up-to-date information from the trail and the latest reports filed from across the country and here in Georgia. 

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On this edition of "Two Way Street," we devote our show to the Bard of Avon – William Shakespeare. There’s really never a bad time to talk about Shakespeare, but our show is pegged to the opening of the new exhibition “First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” at the William Carlos Museum at Emory University. The centerpiece is a book that is some 500 years old – a rare and precious First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays.  We talk with Emory University Shakespeare scholar Dr. Sheila Cavanagh, the co-director of the tour of the First Folio to all 50 states.

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Today on "Political Rewind," entering the final days of the presidential election candidates continue to ramp up their travel schedules and pull out all the stops. The past seven days have provided a steady flow of leaks following FBI director James Comey's letter to Congress indicating further interest in Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Our panel of political insiders and strategy experts analyze the effects this announcement has had on the campaign and how it has shifted strategies heading to Election Day.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we look at the challenges that await the next president and keeper of the nuclear codes. Tensions in the Middle East and Russia continue to rise as historical deals and relationships continue to deteriorate. Our panel discusses the current nuclear climate and the policy-making decisions that the next president faces.

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Today on a special edition of "Political Rewind," our panel of political insiders uncover the latest after a letter sent to Congress from Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey informed lawmakers that the bureau is once again looking into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. In the 3-paragraph letter Comey announced the FBI had recently obtained materials that could be related to the previous investigation into Clinton's handling of classified material. 

 

 

Remembering Studs Terkel

Oct 29, 2016

On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we pay tribute to the legendary radio broadcaster and writer of oral histories, Studs Terkel. He was one of the great chroniclers of 20th century American life. He died eight years ago on October 30, 2008.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we head to the campus of Georgia State University to hear from college voters. In an election where voter turnout can have serious implications, we try to uncover the source behind the uncommitted feelings of the millennial vote. How are students, many first time voters, planning to cast their ballot on November 8?

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Today on "Political Rewind" we discuss Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's public forum in East Point on Tuesday to answer questions about Amendment 1’s proposal to create the Opportunity School District. The governor continues to lead the charge on the statewide proposal that would allow an appointed state agency to intervene in failing schools.

On this edition of the show we talk to the celebrated chef Asha Gomez. She grew up on the southern tip of India in Kerala, where the flavor profiles and foods they eat are dramatically different from the rest of the country. When Asha moved to Atlanta she began thinking of ways in which she could incorporate the recipes she’d brought with her from Kerala into the cooking she learned to love here in the American South.

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Today on "Political Rewind," our panel of political insiders reviews the numbers of the latest AJC poll. Trust remains a major issue for Clinton and fitness for the presidency is hurting Trump's polling numbers. 

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Today on "Political Rewind," Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp joins our panelists to discuss voting in Georgia and whether or not Hurricane Matthew affected registration in the counties hardest hit. Kemp's office is currently involved in a lawsuit with the ACLU of Georgia over extending the voter registration deadline after offices closed during the storm. Our panel discusses voter turnout, early voting, and polls as we enter the final few weeks of this year's elections season.

On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we talk with author and historical archivist Kaye Lanning Minchew about her new book “A President in our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia.”

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Today on "Political Rewind," Democratic candidate for United States Senate Jim Barksdale sits down to discuss the latest in national and state politics. As the challenger to incumbent Johnny Isakson, Barksdale discusses his race strategy and campaign operations.

On this edition of “Political Rewind” we present our second voter forum. We selected seven Georgians who say they will definitely vote on November 8 and invited them to join us to discuss what is driving their choices for president and other races this year.

We’re going to talk about families on this edition of “Two Way Street.” Most of us have them, and for better or worse, our families probably have had a greater influence on how we turned out than many other forces in our lives.

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Today on "Political Rewind," Hurricane Matthew reminds us of the importance of government coordination and the leadership roles of our elected leaders. Even in the middle of a hurricane, politics has maintained a presence as one campaign begins to run campaign ads on the weather channel.

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Today on "Political Rewind," our panel of political insiders discuss the recent happenings in state and national politics.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is in the process of interviewing for a new job as Kennesaw State University president. In the past, Olens had expressed aspirations to become governor. Our guests offer their views on how the worlds of education and politics have collided in this unusual situation.

A con artist who plows into cars for pay while shaving her “bikini area.”

The star of Louisiana-based reality TV show “Bayou Brethren” who is actually an accordion player from Wisconsin.

A crooked businessman who steals sand from one beach to replace erosion on another.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we speak with Senator Johnny Isakson. The senator shares an update on the happenings in Washington, D.C. as well as how this election is going to affect Georgia voters. During an election season unlike any other, Isakson speaks directly to how the national topics take shape back home. 

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On “Political Rewind” we discuss the increasing opposition to the Opportunity School District proposal. A lawsuit over the language of the referendum has been brought against Governor Deal's proposal. We discuss the views of both supporters and critics and how this will affect the public education system in Georgia.

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On this special edition of “Political Rewind,” we break down the first presidential debate.

On this edition of “Two Way Street” we talk to the great Atlanta-based blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis. Creative Loafing just named him blues artist of the year, and some time back, Rolling Stone magazine said of his hard-driving guitar style that his “eloquence dazzles…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival the early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.” High praise, indeed!

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On “Political Rewind,” we prepare for the much-anticipated presidential debate on Monday. We discuss how candidates are preparing and what they hope to achieve in the first debate. Can Hillary Clinton steer away from policy and use this time to relate to viewers? Will Donald Trump play the role of disrupter or will he present himself as presidential?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we look at the different ways the Trump and Clinton campaigns responded to  this past weekend's devastating events. With a bombing in New York, additional explosives discovered in New Jersey and New York and a knife attack in Minneapolis, all eyes were on the presidential hopefuls. Which candidate do Georgians feel will do a better job with our national security?

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On this week’s “Two-Way Street” we sit down with celebrated musicians Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie. Working in genres that rarely intersect, the two lifelong friends have both achieved great success in their musical careers.

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