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Rock Island Lines
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.

The stories in these three-minute modules are rooted in a specific place; a "kidney-shaped limestone island plunked down in the middle of the Mississippi River." It's the logical site for a storyteller. It is from the rich heritage of our region that Tweet spins his histories, biographies, and "stretchers."

Roald has spent much of his life travelling up and down the river, with forays overland, east and west, talking to the people, reading their journals, and enjoying the humor and history of America's heartland. His observations about life around Rock Island strike responsive chords across the region. It's a viewpoint that will enrich and enliven your day.

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Latest Episodes
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.When Henry R. Schoolcraft found the lake that was the source of the Mississippi River, it already had two names. The…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Henry R. Schoolcraft's discovery of the source of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota was…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Who would think that discovering the source of a river would be anything more than a simple trip? Get in a boat, point…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.In 1927, Juan Pompa and his wife, Jesus Maria, and their three children moved to Silvis, Illinois, just upstream from…
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  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Each February or March, when the ice goes out, the Upper Mississippi begins spring housecleaning, washing out last…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Those of you whose hobbies have gotten out of hand—spilling over from the living room to the basement and then to the…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.During the decade of the 1840s, the Reverend George Washington Gale of Galesburg learned a lesson the hard way—too…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.The arrival of Capt. Stanhope Blunt as the commandant of the Rock Island Arsenal on March 7th, 1897, raised hopes for…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Nearly every small town up and down the Mississippi Valley makes Herculean efforts to distinguish itself from all the…