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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Our first guest on this edition of “Two Way Street” is Jim Wagner. He’s just stepped down as president of Emory University, retiring after 13 years in that position. During his tenure at Emory, Wagner presided over a dramatic expansion of the school’s work in scientific research and public health, recruited prestigious world figures like Salman Rushdie and the Dalai Lama to join the Emory faculty and oversaw the largest increase in fundraising in the school’s history.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we take on the topics of race, religion, and polling margins of error. How will these elements collectively shape the next few weeks now that we have entered the fall campaigning season?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we talk about the central role that immigration has taken in the 2016 race thanks to Donald Trump. Is Trump confusing voters with his mixed messages about how he’ll deal with undocumented immigrants? Is the focus on immigration distracting from debate about the other issues that a majority of voters say matter to them – the economy and jobs?

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Today on "Political Rewind," we begin by discussing the recent travel plans of the Trump campaign. Trump heads to Mexico to meet with President Peña Nieto ahead of the GOP candidate’s long-awaited immigration speech.

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For Georgians who love theater, watching the career arc of Kenny Leon has been thrilling. He’s now a Tony Award-winning director with numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions to his credit.

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On this edition of “Political Rewind” we present our first ever 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.

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On this edition of “Political Rewind,” we look at the potential impact of the latest revelations about Hillary Clinton’s email and the Clinton Foundation favors to big donors, who were granted access to meetings at the State Department when Clinton was secretary of state. This time, Donald Trump is staying on-message and hammering Clinton rather than calling negative attention to his own statements and actions.

During my tenure as editor in chief of Chicagoland Monthly, a regional magazine I ran in the late 1970s, we decided to do a cover story on how the Arab oil embargo was affecting the daily lives of people in metropolitan Chicago. Of all the covers we created for the magazine, I’m proudest of the one that hangs in my office at GPB. There’s Uncle Sam, dying for gasoline and committing suicide by self-immolation.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Donald Trump says he regrets some of the remarks he’s made that he says may have been hurtful to others. Is this the beginning of a campaign reset that could put Trump back on track to win the White House?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the Trump campaign has undergone another reorganization. Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News will become the chief executive of the campaign while Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster for the campaign, will become the campaign manager. Reports indicate Trump was chafing at efforts by Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman, to get him to soften his rhetoric and reach out beyond his base. The new team wants to let Trump be Trump, according to news reports. Can he win with this approach?

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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Today on "Political Rewind," we begin by discussing the Clinton campaign in Georgia. While some believe that the commitment will be minimal, others, such as Mayor Kasim Reed, think Georgia’s anticipated battleground state status makes it deserving of more money. What are the expectations of the state Democratic Party?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we begin with a focus on Georgia. Some high-profile Georgia Democrats have begun to regret their decision to not run against Johnny Isakson as the party has struggled to reach consensus on political newcomer Jim Barksdale since he entered the race in mid-March.

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Musical theater geeks, here’s your heads-up:

On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re showcasing one of the seminal Broadway musicals – Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” The show debuted in April of 1970, and has been revived countless times on Broadway, in London, in Australia and by regional theaters ever since. Now Atlanta’s Actor’s Express Theater is mounting a new production of the show.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we take a look at what the polls are telling us about the state of the race - in Georgia, nationally, and in crucial battleground states. Has Georgia become a toss-up state in the presidential election? New polls suggest the race here is virtually tied.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we discuss the many issues surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign. From his ongoing feud with Kazr Kahn and his family, to his continued alienation of the GOP establishment, to his desire for a warm relationship with Vladimir Putin, there is much for his campaign staff to mull over.

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This week we feature conversations with two authors whose books are on a new list of “10 Books Every Georgian Should Read.” The list is compiled annually by the Georgia Center for the Book, a Decatur-based organization affiliated with the Library of Congress.

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Today on “Political Rewind," we analyze the opposing visions that have been laid out for America’s future. Now that the general election campaign has officially started, who will voters choose?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we discuss the events of last night in Philadelphia. On a poignant note, Bernie Sanders elected to do what Hillary Clinton did for President Obama in 2008, asking for a vote by acclamation.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we take a look at the major speeches from the first night of the Democratic Convention. Though Bernie Sanders provided a powerful endorsement of Hillary Clinton, some of his strongest supporters remained resistant.

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This week we revisit my conversation with journalist Christopher Dickey, author of “Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South.”

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we discuss the aftermath of Donald Trump’s official acceptance speech, the end to a tumultuous week in Cleveland.

Today is day three of the Republican National Convention. The delegates made it official last night: Donald Trump is the GOP’s presidential nominee. Even though some Republicans remain divided about Trump, the one thing that binds them is their hostility toward Hillary Clinton, but will that be enough to elect their candidate?

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On today’s special Republican National Convention edition, we look at the growing controversy over Melania Trump’s speech. It seems clear that passages from the address were lifted from a speech that Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic convention. Should this matter to voters? What does it say about the organizational strength of the Trump campaign? Will it overshadow the messages that the GOP wants to get out this week?

Bronwen Dickey has become one of the more controversial authors of the moment thanks to her book “Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon.” In it, she argues that research shows that as a breed pit bulls are no more dangerous or vicious than any other dog.

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On Friday Donald Trump announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. The statement was made via Twitter, as he postponed today’s previously scheduled news conference to Saturday, in response to the devastating attack in Nice, France.

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We begin by discussing the impassioned calls for unity that came from Tuesday's Dallas memorial service. Will the remarks given by President Obama and former President Bush greatly affect the rhetoric of the current presidential campaigns? Have Trump or Clinton shown the same kind of leadership in their responses to the Dallas shootings?

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We have an eclectic mix on this edition of "Two Way Street." Because it’s summertime (and the livin’ is easy), it seemed like a good time to start the show with something light and fun; and so, we do.

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Today we discuss the recent murder of five police officers in Dallas, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. As the two major parties prepare for their national conventions, how will they address the violence splitting the black community and law enforcement in two?

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How are Georgia political leaders are reacting to FBI Director James Comey’s searing condemnation of Hillary Clinton’s judgment? Though Comey stated that she broke no national security laws, he also cited her handling of highly classified information as “careless.” Georgia Democratic Party Chair Dubose Porter and GOP Chair John Padgett join us to discuss the potential ramifications of Comey’s comments.

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