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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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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In the aftermath of the attack on Ataturk international airport in Istanbul, Donald Trump sounded a harsh call for fighting terrorism, suggesting the response should be to “fight fire with fire.” Hillary Clinton’s response was more measured, focusing on solidarity between America and Turkey. Which approach will voters embrace?

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Just the other weekend, my family was out to dinner celebrating Father’s Day. While typically my family’s gatherings are a time to catch up on everyone’s lives, this dinner conversation was different as it was surprisingly centered around men’s clothing.

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The panel looks at the surprising outcome of the Brexit vote. British citizens voted by a wide margin to withdraw from the EU. 

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Our guest on this edition of ”Two Way Street” is New York Times best-selling author Sebastian Junger. Junger wrote the international blockbuster “The Perfect Storm,” the harrowing true tale of the doomed efforts of a boat of commercial fisherman struggling to survive a raging North Atlantic storm. Later, the book became a hit movie starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

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On this edition of “Political Rewind” we talk to Georgians who attended the Trump rally at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta to learn why they believe Trump is better suited to be president than Hillary Clinton.

Trump Visits Atlanta

Jun 15, 2016
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Our panel of insiders and GPB’s team of reporters cover all the news of Donald Trump’s visit to Atlanta. He’s in town just hours before “Political Rewind” airs for a private fundraising breakfast and a public rally at the Fox Theatre at noon.

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Back in the days when local TV stations ran old movies late at night, I watched for the first time “Rasputin and the Empress,” the 1932 picture that was a showcase for the acting talents of the remarkable Barrymore family. It was based on the true story of the hypnotic hold the mystic Grigory Rasputin had on Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra in the years leading up to the Russian Revolution.

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The presidential race is now fully under way with Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party squaring off against Donald Trump. The panel of insiders will talk about the dynamics of the race here in Georgia. Hillary Clinton has raised a lot of money here but do Democrats believe Hillary actually has a chance to win Georgia?

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On this edition, we present a “Political Rewind” exclusive: a debate between Columbus state senator Josh McKoon, the hardest driving proponent of religious liberty measures in the state legislature and former spokesman for Governor Deal Brian Robinson.

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As a teenager growing up in the Midwest, I watched the Southern civil rights movement unfold from a distance. I was in high school in a suburb just outside of Chicago when the Selma to Montgomery march took place and a college student when Dr. King was murdered. Like many Americans, I grew to have enormous admiration for the men and women who were courageously confronting racism and bigotry through non-violence.

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Georgia Republicans are holding their state convention in Augusta this weekend, but Governor Deal and House Speaker David Ralston aren’t going to be there. Our panel of insiders look at why two of the state’s top GOP leaders will be no-shows.

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Georgia U.S. Senator David Perdue’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post, which comes close to an out-and-out endorsement of Donald Trump, says that Trump, like Perdue himself, is an example of how voters are embracing candidates who aren’t part of the Washington establishment. Perdue writes “let Trump be Trump,” and if he is, he will be elected president.

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On this Memorial Day weekend, as millions of people look forward to summer vacations at the ocean, it seemed like just the right time to revisit one of our favorite “Two Way Street” conversations – our talk with the heroic ocean swimmer Diana Nyad.

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As you certainly know, this has been an extraordinary election year; and our team of political insiders has been working hard to bring you the best perspectives on what’s happening. And so, we decided that we should give them a chance to relax on this long Memorial Day weekend. But they will be back for our live show next week.

In place of our usual panel conversation we’re sharing with you a conversation I had last month at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library with Randall Woods, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas.

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We look at the results of yesterday’s primary elections in Georgia. The outsider fever that has taken hold in much of the country this year wasn’t apparent in key races here.

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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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With Georgia primary elections coming up on Tuesday, May 24, our panel of insiders looks at how key races are taking shape in the final days of the campaign.

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Georgia Republicans say they’re spoiling for a fight over the Obama administration ruling that schools must give transgender students access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify or risk losing federal funds. Is this a fight worth having?

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Some artists live in a city, others are of the city.

Phillip Depoy and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, our two guests on this edition of "Two Way Street," are in the latter category. Yes, they both make their homes in Atlanta – Watkins in the Old Fourth Ward, Depoy in Decatur – but Atlanta and Georgia also are deeply influential in the art they produce.

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AJC political writer Jim Galloway unveils the results of the newspaper’s brand new poll. The panel discusses the poll findings on Governor Deal’s approval rating, how Georgians feel about his vetoes of campus carry and religious liberty, and who stacks up as a better general election candidates against Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

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A new poll from WSB-TV shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie in Georgia. But it's still the early days in the the general election campaign. Neither candidate has officially won their party's nomination, and 16 percent of voters in that poll are undecided. 

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With the Georgia primary elections just a little more than two weeks away, our panel of insiders look at the heated GOP congressional races where incumbents Doug Collins and Barry Loudermilk are facing challenges in part because of the very first vote each of them took when they arrived at the U.S. House: helping elect John Boehner speaker. Plus they look at the contest to replace 3rd District congressman Lynn Westmoreland, who is retiring at the end of the year.

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Make no mistake: Faith Salie’s book, “Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much,” is a thoughtful account of the price Salie paid for her obsessive need to win applause and approbation. She examines her thirst for approval unflinchingly. In doing so, she gives us, the readers, the opportunity to examine the lengths we may go to win approval.

But here’s the thing: the book is also very funny; and so, when she came to the studio to record our show, I thought: don’t fight it – just allow the show to be funny.

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Think this year’s presidential race is unlike anything that’s happened in the past? Not so fast! We welcome back Emory University history professor Joe Crespino, who discusses the striking parallels between the current campaigns and past races in American history.

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