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Archives 2011

December 2011

Episode 206
A repeat visit with Rodney Blackwell and Janet Mathis discussing the construction going on in downtown Moline - Scott Crane of the United Way discusses current projects and fundraising.
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Episode 205
Best of The Cities with Jim Mertens. A visit with Bill Wundram of the Quad City Times. Penny Knox discusses getting your flu vaccination. Music by Westbrook Singers
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Episode 204
Mayor Don Welvaert and John Riches from Alcoa discusses Achieve Quad Cities. Mark Ryan from Niabi Zoo talks about upcoming projects. Music by Turtle Island.
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Episode 203
Penny Knox of the Trinity Visiting Nurses Association talks about getting your flu shot - Scott Crane, United Way Q.C. President discusses current projects and fundraising. Music by Pleasant Valley High School "Deck the Halls."
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Episode 202
Mary Fahrion from Kings Harvest and Kevin Molloy and Pam Walker with the Valor Program discuss the Q.C. homeless. Susan Skora talks about "Achieve Quad Cites with her "little" friend Mackenzie Gibson.
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November 2011

Episode 201
Quad City Times columnist Bill Wundram looks back at his career (up until now) and Katie Watson of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges discusses the many programs available for students in our area community colleges.
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Episode 51
Developer Rodney Blackwell and Executive Director Janet Mathis discuss the construction projects going on in downtown Moline. Deb McDaniel from Festival of Trees talks about the festival's 26th year. Music by Kurt Elling.
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Episode 50
Mayor Elect Robert Gallaher, Jr. discusses the city of Bettendor. Dr. Michael Oberhaus of the Rock Island-Milan school district discusses Achieve Quad Cities in his schools; Gwen Tombergs, CASI Board President talks about "Be a Santa to a Senior."
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Episode 49
Mayor Bill Gluba (Davenport) and Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor discuss the upcoming elections and Bob Motz of Black Hawk State Park highlights bird watching in the area.
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October 2011

Episode 48
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad talks about the Iowa caucuses and other issues facing Iowa and Marti Clyde of the Quad Cities Graduate Studies Center discusses post college classes. Music by Ahreum Han
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Episode 47
Roger Farinha and Angie Petersen discuss the upcoming local rally for Occupy Quad Cities – Diane Nash, one of the original freedom riders who is visiting WQPT talks about the riders of 1961, and Sue Treanor of Circa 21 and the cast of the Marvelous Wonderettes discuss their upcoming performance to support Breast Cancer research. Music by Kurt Elling.
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Episode 46
Steve Grubbs, former Iowa GOP Chairman discusses moving the Iowa Caucus dates and the Western Illinois University Mock Caucus and Jay Justin of Big Brother Big Sisters is joined by Jane Bahls and Assha Sasay who represent one of the mentors/mentees paired. Tom Miller talks about about the upcoming Children's Literacy Festival. Music by Can Hicks and the Hot Licks.
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Episode 45
Denise Hester of the Student Hunger Drive, Tom Laughlin of the River Bend Food Bank discusses hunger in the Quad Cities and the student Hunger Drive. Also, Alfred Ramirez, president of the Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce talks about Hispanic Heritage month.
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September 2011

Episode 44
John Phillips and Mayor Dennis Pauley from Rock Island talk about Mr. Phillips retirement from City Management. Dr. Bruce Polay discusses the 60th anniversary season of the Knox Galesburg Symphony Orchestra.
Music by the Knox Galesburg Symphony. Watch now

Episode 43
Berlinda Tyler-Jamison and Liz Sherwin of the NAACP discuss the Illinois State NAACP convention coming to the i-Wireless Center. James Patton of the Quad City Kite Club discusses the upcoming Quad City Family and Kite Fun Festival. Music by Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. Watch now

Episode 42
David Woods from Scott County Veterans Affairs and Kimberly Furness of the Cutainbox Theatre discuss the challenges face returning veterans and the benefit performance of "Time Stands Still". Watch now

Episode 41
Reverend Ron Quay, Rabbi Tamar Grimm and Dr. Stephen Klien discuss 9/11 commemoration services. Jerry Schroeder talks about the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. Music by 42Five. Watch now

Episode 40
Illinois Representative Bobby Schilling (R) to discuss the last legislative session in Washington. Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley talks about the city of Rock Island participation in "Achieve Quad Cities". Watch now

August 2011

Episode 39
Claudia Robinson, Gilda's Club Executive Director and Sally Werner, Genesis Cancer Institute Director, discuss breakthroughs in cancer research. Actresses Sherry Konjura and Nancy Evans, talk about their roles in Circa's 21'st newest production, Nana's Naughty Knickers.
Music by the Candymakers. Watch now

Episode 38
Thomas Schwartz, Director of the Herbert Hoover Museum discusses upcoming events. Jacqueline Tome talks about the first Multi-cultural Bridal Expo. Music from WIU Presents Guitar Festival 2011. Watch now

Episode 37
Phil Kassewitz, an investment advisor duscusses the current situation on the stock market and Wayland Bauer of the Popular Astronomy Club talked about the traveling 'Star Gazing' trailer that will be at Niabi Zoo.
Music from WIU Presents Guitar Festival 2011. Watch now

Episode 36
Curtis Lundy of Living Lands and Waters and Rick Nelson of the Fish and Wildlife Service discuss the XStream Cleanup and the Mississippi River. DeAnne Bloomberg talks about Bushels for Charity. A PSA, "The Close," from Rotary of eradicating polio. Watch now

July 2011

Episode 35
Josh Duffee of the Josh Duffee Orchestra and Jim Valentine a Bix Jazz festival veterans talk about the 40th anniversary of the Bix Jazz Festival. Beth Peters of the Quad Cities Botanical Center talks about the flamingo display. Music by Jim the Mule. Watch now

Episode 34
Best of episode—featuring Barbara Sandberg talking about preserving Historic property in Moine, Illinois and Ellis Kell talking about performances at the River Music Experience. Watch now

Episode 33
Iowa Representatives Linda Miller (R) Bettendorf and Jim Lykam (D) Davenport discuss the latest legislative session. Tristan Tapscott, Harrison Hilltop Theatre discusses their summer season and the move to a new facility in The District. Watch now

Episode 32
Justice Tom Waterman, newly appointed Iowa Supreme Court justice talks about the judicial system and Brian Ritter, Nahant Marsh Facilitator, discusses projects at the marsh. Watch now

June 2011

Episode 31
Clair Peterson, John Deere Classic Director and Kristy Ketcham Jackson Birdies for Charity discuss the golf tournament. Karen McFarland and Hal Reed of the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival discuss the annual event in LeClaire Park. Watch now

Episode 30
Admiral Tilghman Payne of the U.S. Navy discusses Navy Week in the Quad Cities and Shellie Moore Guy, talks about directing the play "A Lesson Before Dying" at Playcrafters Barn Theatre. Music provided by Danika Holmes. Watch now

Episode 29
Dr. Ida Johnson, Executive Director United Neighbors and Shirleen Martin Event Coordinator discuss the Juneteenth Festival at LeClaire Park. Sean Leary (author of Here Comes the Goot) and Jason Platt and his son, Wyeth, (cartoonist Mister and Me) discuss their works with their sons. Music provided by Jim the Mule. Watch now

Episode 28
Illinois State Representatives Rich Morthland (R) Port Byron and Pat Vorschoore (D) Milan, discuss the current session in the Illinois House. Susan Simosky talks about directing at Richmond Hills Players in Geneseo. Music provided by The Candymakers. Watch now

Episode 27
Christina McNamara Schmidt of the Race for the Cure and the honorary survivor Tammie Kooi talk about the 2011 Race for the Cure and Ellis Kell from the River Music Experience talks about the concerts in the RME courtyard for summer 2011. Music by Ellis Kell. Watch now

May 2011

Episode 26
National Cemetery Director, Douglas Ledbetter and Jim Joseph of American Legion Post 246 discuss the honor guard and Memorial Day observances at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. Leslie Anthony of the American Red Cross Quad Cities discusses the efforts underway to help with the devastation of the recent tornadoes. Music by Dustin Lee. Watch now

Episode 25
Judy Davidson the Scott County Republican Party Chairman and Steve Grubbs, Former Iowa Republican Party Chairman discuss potential candidates for the 2012 Republican Presidential campaign. Michael Romkey of the Bucktown Revue talks about the final program of their season and their move to a new location for the new season beginning in September. Music by the Barley House Band. Watch now

Episode 24
Ray Ambrose, Davenport Alderman and Doug House, General Director of the Moline Municipal Services talk about the cleanup after the recent flooding and Doug Tschopp of the Genesius Guild discusses the upcoming season auditions for the guild. Watch now

Episode 23
Don Johnston and Steve Meersman, Rock Island County supervisors, discuss the Rock Island County Board. Plus Jim Rocker, discusses this weekend's Quad Cities Beaux Arts Fair. Music by 42Five. Watch now

April 2011

Episode 22
Dion Diamond and Joan Trumpauer Mulholland discuss their experiences as Freedom Riders in 1961 and Daniel Sheridan from the Davenport Jr. Theatre discussed their production of "Alice in Wonderland". Music by The Westbrook Singers. Watch now

Episode 21
Maren Stoflet of the National Weather service talks about the flooding in and around the Quad Cities this spring and Joe Taylor of the QC Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Chairman of the Davenport RAGBRAI, discusses the statewide bicycle event coming to Davenport. Watch now

Episode 20
Barbara Sandberg of the Moline Preservation Society discusses the buildings they are working to save in the Quad Cities. Joedy Cook, Executive Director Ballet Quad Cities talks about their upcoming production of "Cinderella" and their outreach program on bullying.

Episode 19
Quad City Tea Party representative Cyndi Diercks and Kim Furness, Artistic Director for The Curtainbox Theatre company discuss stepping in to direct "Speed the Plow" when the original director, Phillip William McKinley stepped in to take over "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" on broadway. Watch now

March 2011

Episode 18
Dr. Al Goldfarb, President Western Illinois University and incoming President, Dr. Jack Thomas discuss the future of Western Illinois University. Glenn Boyles of the Family Museum discusses upcoming events at the for families.
Music fro Claremont Trio. Watch now

Episode 17
Mayor Gluba of Davenport and Bob Hawes, Rock Island Public Works Director discuss preparations for the projected spring floods and Michael McKean, Army Corps of Engineer Park Ranger discusses pelican migraton and the upcoming pelican watch. A look a the new titanic exhibition at the Putnam Museum. Watch now

Episode 16
Dino Deleon of the Quad Cities Labor Federation and Dr. Tammy Werner, of Wisconsin University sociology Professor talk about union history and the current situation in Wisconsin. Documentarians Kelly and Tammy Rundle discuss their newest film on one room school houses.
Music by the Milltown Wranglers. Watch now

Episode 15
Silia Smiley, President St. Patrick's Society and Kathy Quinn, 2011 Irish Mother of the year talking about the upcoming parade and family activites. Christy Filby, YMCA community Wellness Executive discusses community changes needed to create healthier environment.
Music by The Barley House Band from the Bucktown Revue. Watch now

Episode 14
Kim Findlay and Nichole Myles of the Putnam Museum discuss the new Titanic Exhibition opening and Susan Wahlmann of Quad City Arts discusses performances by the Maia Quartet from Iowa City. Music by Maia Quartet. Watch now

February 2011

Episode 13
Judy Morrell of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission and Bernice Jones talk about the local civil rights movement, and Ashley Stover of Living Lands and Waters discusses the million tree environmental program. Music by the Westbrook Singers. Watch now

Episode 12
Mayor Bill Gluba of Davenport discusses the census and Bill Williams, President Quad City Music Guild talks about their upcoming auditions. Music by Andrew Landers Project "Iowa Song". Watch now

Episode 11
Donna Dubberke, Meteorologist, Maren Stoflet, Hydrologist discuss flooding possibilities, plus Steve and Roxanne Peterson Egypt Tourists talk about their experiences in Egypt during the recent demonstrations. Special report on Achieve Quad Cities. Watch now

Episode 10
Liz sherwin NAACP President talks about Black History Month and DeAnne Bloomberg of the Rock Island Co. Farm Bureau discusses women running the farm.
Music by Mill Town Wranglers. Watch now

January 2011

Episode 9
Illinois Representative Pat Morthland (R) talks about taxes and Brett Hitchock of Circa '21 discusses classes for teens on stage. Music by The Barley House Band. Watch now

Episode 8
Steve Nelson WIU Trustee talks about the new President coming to Western Illinois University and Missy Gowey, Executive Director Genesis Health System Foundation discusses scholarships for nurses. Music by the Andrew Landers Project. Watch now

Episode 7
Tara Barney, Chamber of Commerce CEO, Rick Baker, Chamber of Commerce President, and Beth Peters of the Quad City Botanical Center discusses a series on tropical plants. Music by Emily Majetic "Gabriel". Watch now

Episode 6
Tara Barney, Chamber of Commerce CEO, Rick Baker, Chamber of Commerce President, and Beth Peters of the Quad City Botanical Center discusses a series on tropical plants. Music by Emily Majetic "Gabriel". Watch now

Archives 2010

December 2010

Episode 5
Decker Ploehn, and Douglas Rick discuss the new I-74 Quad City bridge. Kirby Winn discusses blood donation. Music by Moline High School choir sharing holiday music.
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Episode 4
Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley and John Phillips discuss the city budget and Dr. Dan Saskowski, discusses health issues. Pleasant Valley High School shares holiday music.
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Episode 3
Jan Lawrence and Peggy Dykes discuss medical insurance for seniors and Detective Scott Williams discusses Christmas safety. Watch now

Episode 2
General Managers of WQPT (Rick Best) and WVIK (Frank Sundram) discussing the field of public broadcasting, and an interview with Quad Cities Salvation Army director Major Gary Felton. Watch now

November 2010

Episode 1
Congressional Representative Bobby Schilling and his wife, Christie Schilling. Also featured is Bob Vogelbaugh, "Mr. Thanksgiving." Watch now



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