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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.I have no doubt that Solomon was a wise man. He was a king and the builder of a temple. You remember that he cleverly…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.The Rock Island Rapids was notorious for trapping steamboats between a rock and a hard place, but the phrase took on…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.It was the famous showman, P. T. Barnum who once declared that there was a sucker born every minute. And, he might have…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.We tend to doubt people who say they simply have nothing to wear. In the case of Captain E. E. Heerman, believe…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.I'm going to tell you right up front that this story does not end well. You'd guess it anyway, halfway through.In the…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.All but one of the Swedes who emigrated to America in the first decades of the 20th century came by boat. Nils…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.The Reverend Jacob Gass was not the first Davenporter to become fascinated by the prehistoric Indian mounds which…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Nininger, Minnesota, would have been one of the loveliest cites in the entire Mississippi Valley, had it not been for…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Father Marquette and the explorer Louis Joliet got along perfectly well on their voyage down the Wisconsin River from…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.First impressions are important. Should you have any doubt, go back to Charles Dickens and read about his first…