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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.Mark down June 3, 1874, on your calendars as the day the good clergymen of Moline reaped what they had sowed, and found…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Before you decide that there's not much you can do about the world's problems, that your vote does not count, listen to…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.The Young Men's Christian Association arrived in Rock Island on April 20th, 1884, floating high on a cloud of idealism,…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Nancy Hartzell might well have lived out her life in Rock Island as a dutiful and hard-working Methodist pioneer wife…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.The storekeepers and merchants of Rock Island and Moline had survived for fifty years in the face of fires and floods,…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.When the citizens of Dubuque, Iowa, decided it was high time their up and coming city had a town clock back in 1864,…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.A hundred years ago, Rock Island still had its share of heinous and nefarious villains who perpetrated dastardly deeds…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.If you've ever noticed the general lack of rainbows over the Mississippi Valley, you may have ascribed it to our being…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.I have no doubt that the secret of William H. Voss's success was his mother, that is, if mothers back in 1875 were at…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Buffalo Bill may not have been the fastest gun in the Old West, but you can put him down for the title of "fastest…