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Rock Island Lines Podcast
Monday thru Friday 11 AM

A series of award-winning stories about our region's traditions, institutions, and people, past and present. Rock Island Lines is written and read by Roald Tweet, Professor Emeritus of English at Augustana College, and sponsored by Quad City Bank and Trust.

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  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Ever since 1689, historians have wondered just what happened to the Baron Lahontan in Minnesota. Although he was only…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.The western lawman, Wyatt Earp, was born in Monmouth, Illinois, just south of here, on March 19th, 1848, and went on to…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.In 1840, the Reverend George Moore moved from Massachusetts to Quincy, Illinois to become a missionary for the Society…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.When the great American poet, William Cullen Bryant visited his brother John in Princeton, Illinois, in 1832, he…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Have you ever wondered what Tom Sawyer would be like if Mark Twain had written the book fifty years later, in the 20th…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Had General Winfield Scott ended his career with the Black Hawk War, our English language would have been the…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island."How many Minnehahas are there on the Land O'Lakes butter carton," my father asked me one day when I was six. "Two?" I…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Before you curl up in an easy chair with that novel you've been wanting to read, be warned by the story of Floyd Dell,…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.By sixth grade, most boys and girls have come to think of poets as people who stick their heads in the clouds and see…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.To understand how sad this story is, you have to know that Swedish Lutheran congregations are usually suspicious of…