The Cities - Pgm #1123

May 1, 2021


Apr 30, 2021

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Growing up in southern Minnesota during World War II, I spent many late-night summer hours under the streetlight with my buddies discussing where we were going when we grew up. It was Alaska or Oregon, New Zealand, the Amazon. Never in that circle of light along the curb did I dream it would be Rock Island, Illinois, where I would be sitting here writing "Rock Island Lines."

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

With the demand for COVID-19 vaccines declining, the Rock Island County Health Department is trying to make it easier for residents to get vaccinated. Today, the mass vaccination clinic in Milan will accept walk-ins until 4 p.m. 

 David Keesecker of Moline went this morning to get his shot. 

 “I got Johnson & Johnson," he says. "Because I was not good at scheduling for the other doses, but then my grandfather showed me that this was available, so I did this.” 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

COVID-19 vaccine supply in the Quad Cities is rising, as demand is plateauing. The Rock Island and Scott County Health Departments are stressing the importance of employers in getting the Quad Cities to herd immunity. Amy Thoreson, Interim Director of the Scott County Health Department, says the next phase of vaccinations depends on workplace policies.

Brian Alexander, author of The Hospital: Life, Death and Dollars in a Small American Town, talks about the larger themes explored in the book and how they affect us all. From health care to the economy to culture and politics, he weaves into his book a story of America in the 2000s.

Life Of The Mississippi

Apr 29, 2021

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Drive with me down the 2,500 miles of Great River Road along the Mississippi from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, and let's watch the river grow.

West Fever

Apr 28, 2021

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

When John Soule advised his Indiana readers in 1851 to "Go West, young man," a phrase Horace Greely later made famous, he was already writing after the fact. By then several hundred steamboats a month were streaming up the Mississippi past Rock Island and Davenport, loaded with young men—and women—with families from the East and the South, from Ireland and Norway, England and Germany heading west to the California gold fields or to the newly opened prairies of Minnesota and the Dakotas.