Bill Nigut

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If an identical twin brother spends a year in space, will he return to earth different than his sibling?  The answer is: yes.  That’s the result of NASA’s twins study, out this month in Science magazine.

In 2015, NASA sent astronaut Scott Kelly to the International Space Station.  His brother, Mark, stayed home.


Sen. Johnny Isakson responded during an appearance on GPB’s Political Rewind to President Donald Trump's recent attack of the late Sen. John McCain.

Isakson called the president’s remarks “deplorable.”


Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga.
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Monday is a pivotal day in Georgia politics. Brian Kemp is being sworn in as the state’s 83rd governor while Geoff Duncan becomes lieutenant governor and Brad Raffensperger takes on the role of secretary of state.  It’s also the first day of the legislative session. The Georgia General Assembly now has 40 days to pass new legislation and shape the future of the state.

GPB Politics Reporter Stephen Fowler and “Political Rewind” host Bill Nigut stopped by “On Second Thought” to explore both of these topics.


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Security questions continue to swirl around Georgia’s electoral process. Lawmakers largely agree the state’s current touch-screen voting machines have to go. They don’t leave a paper trail, and some analysts worry they could be hacked. The question isn’t whether the machines need to be replaced – but how.

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Georgia’s gubernatorial race, overshadowed by accusations of unfairness from both sides, is over.  On Nov. 17, officials certified the results and declared Republican Brian Kemp governor-elect. 

Democrat Stacey Abrams is not challenging that outcome, but, in a fiery speech, she slammed the electoral process that produced it.  “Political Rewind” host Bill Nigut stops by “On Second Thought” to offer analysis.

A record number of Georgians cast votes in the midterm elections this year. Contested races went into the early hours of the morning, and the contest for governor failed to produce an immediate winner.

GPB's Bill Nigut and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Maya Prabhu stopped by "On Second Thought" to give results and analysis of down-ballot races.

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Gov. Nathan Deal called a special session of the Georgia legislature for Nov. 13 to address the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the governor's office said it needs to allocate around 100 million dollars to help with relief and support local governments.

 

We spoke with "Political Rewind" host Bill Nigut about political responses to Hurricane Michael as well as the gubernatorial debates between Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp and Ted Metz.

 


Reading as children and adults shape our sense of self and the world around us. GPB is exploring the country's 100 most-loved novels with the series "The Great American Read."

 

We spoke to GPB hosts Bill Nigut and Emily Jones about their favorite books ahead of the winning selection's reveal on Oct. 23.

 


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Is Georgia turning blue? That question came up in 2014 when Jason Carter ran for governor, in 2016 when Hillary Clinton ran for president and in 2017 with Jon Ossoff’s campaign in the most expensive House race in history. Every time, however, Georgia remained a red state where Republicans won.


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In an age when we all seem to be talking at each other, Virginia Prescott thinks we need to do a better job listening.