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,” 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.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the divide between Democrats and Republicans keeps growing larger. A high-profile firing, partisan maneuvering on Capitol Hill over Cabinet appointments, and a new Supreme Court justice nomination are the latest additions to a pot that was already boiling over.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” another weekend of controversy for the Trump administration as the new president signs an executive order for "extreme vetting" of immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. Protest rallies erupted at many major airports across the country, including Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. 

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On today’s show we’re going to talk about food and cocktails. What more could you ask for than that? Our guests are three people in the Georgia food and beverage business who we’ve come to know and admire.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” got whiplash? It's been a wild first week for the Trump administration.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Georgia Congressman Tom Price is facing tough questions as he undergoes confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill as prospective Secretary of Health and Human Services. One of the biggest questions facing Price is will "replace" come before "repeal" in the post-Obamacare landscape?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States. Welcome news for some, a call to action for others.

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It has been 100 years since Grigory Rasputin was murdered in Russia. And yet he continues to fascinate us. He was born a peasant in Siberia, found God, and made his way to the St. Petersburg palace of Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra in 1905.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” just two more days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. 

I’m really thrilled about this edition of “Two Way Street.” For some time, we’ve hoped to coax into our studio a man who became one of the important leaders of print and broadcast journalism in the 20th and early 21st centuries. We finally persuade Tom Johnson to join us and share stories about his life and career.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we're just a week away from the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States--and if the last few days are any indication, we’re in for a wild ride.  

Georgia 2017 Legislative Session Preview

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we preview the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly. As the lawmakers gavel in for the first of 40 days, we look at some new polling from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It suggests that the majority of Georgia voters oppose renewed efforts to pass religious liberty and campus carry bills, but their support for Medicaid expansion is strong, even among GOP respondents. Other topics include an update on the Trump transition, and the latest round in the culture wars as award-winning actress Meryl Streep turns an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes into a shot across the bow at the incoming U.S. President.   

Have you ever wisecracked that you’d like to escape your troubles by running off to join a circus? It was no joke for brothers George and Willie Muse at the turn of the last century. These African American brothers, born albinos to a poor sharecropper’s family, were kidnapped from the tobacco fields in rural Virginia. For decades, they were displayed as freaks in the circuses that crisscrossed America for many years.

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Today on "Political Rewind," winter weather threatens parts of Georgia, but the 2017 Legislative Session is just about to heat up. Prefiled bills have caused quite a stir as the Trump Administration's agenda is mirrored in several GOP lawmakers' local agendas.

Today on "Political Rewind," the 115th Congress convened in Washington, and tense feelings of unease loom over Capitol Hill for both Democrats and Republicans. House Republicans kicked off the year by holding a closed vote to gut the independent ethics office. After much confusion, chaos, and a tweet from Donald Trump criticizing the move, the decision has been reversed. We ask our political insiders in Washington, D.C. and locally what indications this vote, followed by its immediate chaos and reversal vote, mean to voters.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we review the biggest political events of 2016. The past 12 months saw a large field for the GOP primary producing the next president, two Democratic heavy-weights campaign across the country, and a general election that will be talked about for years to come. Our panel of political insiders tackle the most talked about issues ranging from religious conflicts both domestic and international to the biggest moments of the campaign season.

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Today on "Political Rewind," the national fight against gerrymandering has once again found its way into the Georgia Legislature. Two state senators argue that Georgia, one of the most Republican state legislatures in the country, allows Republicans to create unfair maps in their favor. State Sen. Elena Parent (D) and State Rep. Pat Gardner (D) are seeking to create a nonpartisan commission to redraw legislative and congressional districts in Georgia.  

Host Bill Nigut reads one of the most beloved of all holiday stories: Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” In this heart-warming memoir, Capote recounts the Christmases he spent with an elderly, distant cousin when he was a young boy living in Monroeville, Alabama. Bill introduces the story by describing the sad circumstances that led to Capote’s being taken in by distant relatives, and how his career as a writer unfolded from the time he was 11 years old. We hope you’ll listen with family!

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Today on "Political Rewind," Georgia Congressmen Tom Price, who has been nominated to be the Secretary of HHS, is the focus of a petition signed by 5,500 healthcare providers in response to the American Medical Association’s endorsement of Price. The Roswell physician, who was not expected to face a struggle during the confirmation process, may have more to worry about than the incoming administration anticipated.

In this week that marks the 75th anniversary of the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, I talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Twomey. His new book “Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The 12 Days to the Attack” is an eye-opening look at the mistakes, misconceptions and miscommunications that prevented U.S. forces from recognizing that the American fleet harbored at Pearl Harbor would be the target of a massive Japanese attack.

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Today on "Political Rewind," in a few short weeks state lawmakers will convene under the gold dome for the 2017 legislative session. Topics are sure to include the ongoing debate over healthcare and a reprise of the religious liberty fight that characterized the 2016 session. What tactics will the minority party employ to push their legislative agenda?

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On today's “Political Rewind,” we talk to Michael Cowens, the Cobb County Democratic Paty's newest chair. After a discussion about Cobb County's potential color shift—are we seeing purple?— we delve into Democratic contenders to fill Tom Price's 6th district seat.

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On today’s edition of “Political Rewind,” AJC political reporter Greg Bluestein joins us from Athens, where legislators are holding a pre-session conference to discuss the big issues likely to play out in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Will "campus carry" make a comeback after the governor’s veto last year? What about the controversial religious liberty measure which he also vetoed? And what about casino gambling – does it have a chance to pass in the upcoming session?

On this week’s show we tell the fascinating story of how bluegrass music – born in the hills and hollers of the North Georgia mountains and Tennessee, and in rural communities in South Carolina and West Virginia more than 200 years ago – has crossed the Pacific Ocean and been enthusiastically embraced by a large fan base in Japan. Our guest is Denis Gainty, an associate professor of history at Georgia State University. He’s now researching and writing a book about Japanese bluegrass.

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," AJC political writer Jim Galloway and host Bill Nigut welcome Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston to the studio to get Ralston’s take on the upcoming session of the general assembly.

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Today on "Political Rewind," Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has been one of the biggest critics of the Affordable Care Act and has lead the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare. A physician turned politician, Price says he is open to compromise in his new role. If Price is confirmed, many are wondering what the fate will be for Medicaid and Medicare under the Trump administration. 

On today’s "Two Way Street" we present songs and stories about Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays. Think of it as a playlist for the Thanksgiving weekend. Here are the songs we play on the show:

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We have an intriguing interview with best-selling author and historian Joseph Ellis, whose latest book “The Quartet” has just been released in paperback.

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Today on "Political Rewind," women were granted the right to vote nearly 100 years ago, but until recently there has not been a strong female presence in the political arena. Women aren't the only underrepresented groups in the government, racial and religious minorities have also struggled to gain traction. 

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On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we present our annual Thanksgiving cooking show. Every year we gather some of the finest chefs in the South in our studios to talk about their own Thanksgiving holiday memories, and to share with us recipes and tips for creating an outstanding holiday dinner. This year we have an exceptional group of chefs.

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