Short Segment Series

Produced by WQPT PBS, Snapshots are short-form documentaries featuring the historical people, places and things throughout the Eastern Iowa, Western and West-Central Illinois region. Including such forgotten locations as Davenport's Schuetzen Park, the I-74 bridge, artist John Bloom, historical figure Dred Scott, and much more.

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2023 Mid-America Regional

Emmy-nominated Shorts

Your Dutch Friend

The story of how two young sisters, Juanita and Betty Wagner of Danville, Iowa became pen pals with Anne Frank and her sister Margo, just as Amsterdam was occupied by Nazi Germany on May 10, 1940.

Norma Jean, The Elephant

The story of twin elephants who became famous through extraordinary circumstances.

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David Sears

The story of David Sears, a visionary who built the first dam in what is now known as Moline and who is considered to be one of the city's founders.

Hampton, Illinois

The story of river town Hampton, Illinois. It's founding and the infamous riot that took place on the steamboat Dubuque.


Rehabilitation patients who have impaired mobility because of injury can improve their mobility prospects with the assistance of an exoskeleton device.

2021 Iowa Broadcast News Association

Award-Winning Short


Steeplejacks have been around since the industrial revolution. This time honored skill continues with Daniel Billings. A self described adrenaline junkie to loves to "Dance with the Angels," as he repairs steeples all around the world.

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