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The Great Quad Cities Listen
30 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Growing up in the Cook's Point barrio
Artist Irene Terronez and activist Phyllis Terronez discuss their life growing up in Cook's Point, Davenport, participation in the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 70s, and Irene's artistic ongoing artistic career.
8 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Lagomarcino's: A Quad Cities' Tradition
Lagomarcino's has been in business in Moline since 1908, adding the Davenport location in 1997. Listen in on Beth and Tom Lagomarcino, current owners and grandchildren of the founder Angelo Lagomarcino, as they tell about how this great Quad Cities' tradition began.
12 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
Boys To Men: Brothers Reflect On Youth Spent in Bethany's Programs
17 years ago, Dimetrius and Demetriyone Singleton met Mary Ann McLeod in Bethany's Boys to Men program as United Township High School students. Now they run the Quad Cities Blue Raiders non-profit basketball organization. They credit their passion for giving back to Quad Cities youth to Mary Ann's guidance and Bethany's programs.
5 minutes | May 30, 2019
'The Quad City Magician' Who Found His Passion While Working At A Special-Needs Group Home
Davenport-based magician T.J. Regul, who goes by the stage name "The Quad City Magician," found his passion for magic while working at a group home for special-needs children in the Chicago suburbs.
7 minutes | Jan 18, 2019
'Well Suited' To Make A Difference: R.I. Woman Shares Story Of Mentorship Program
Tracy White founded Well Suited QC, a mentorship program that brings together African-American boys and teenagers from disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Quad Cities with African-American men. The mentors share not only advice, but hope: many of the men found themselves in difficult life situations in their childhoods, just like the boys in the group.
7 minutes | Dec 1, 2018
Reflecting On Seven Years Of Publishing A Magazine 'For Girls, By Girls'
When Jasmine Babers was a sophomore at Rock Island High School, she founded Love, Girls Magazine , a quarterly publication "for girls, by girls", in which girls and young women age 13 to 22 do all of the writing and photography for an audience of their peers.
7 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
Whitey's Will Be Missed: Exchange Students Reflect On A Year In The QC
As a coordinator for Iowa Resource for International Service, Emerald Johnson helps place high school exchange students with families in the Quad Cities. Two such students from the past school year were Meghann Hall from South Africa and Hooria Tariq from Pakistan. The three spoke at the studios of WVIK as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen to talk about the students' experiences learning about American—and Quad Cities—culture.
9 minutes | May 25, 2018
Under Nazi Occupation, Aiding The Resistance Without Even Knowing It
Moline resident Nick Huyten grew up under Nazi occupation in Holland for the first few years of his life. Nick was interviewed by his daughter, Tonya, for The Great Quad Cities Listen at the studios of WVIK to share his childhood memories.
13 minutes | Feb 9, 2018
'Black Students Didn't Feel Like They Had A Voice'
Joy and Gaye Shannon were new to the Quad Cities when they became students at Rock Island High School in the early 1970s. It was a time when political tension and unfair treatment of African American students persisted in schools. In 1972, this angst resulted in a week of unrest at Rock Island High School — often referred to as the Rocky riots.
9 minutes | Feb 2, 2018
'That's When I First Knew That I Found My Forever Family'
Rock Island High School juniors Amber and Amy Haskill were separated by the foster system for four years, forced to live with separate families. The twins doubted they would ever get to live with each other again, let alone be adopted before they turned 18.
14 minutes | Jan 5, 2018
Visiting North Korea, Surrounded By 'Men With Scary Guns'
Of the more than 30 countries that Davenport native and resident Brendan Iglehart has visited, perhaps none is more shrouded in secrecy than North Korea.
15 minutes | Dec 15, 2017
'Do You Know The Muffin Man?'
Katey Irwin Kiley invited her mother, Rosemary Irwin, of Austin, Texas, to the studios of WVIK to ask why she and her husband chose to move to Davenport over Rockford and Kansas City in the 1960s.
10 minutes | Dec 8, 2017
'Way Leads On To Way'
Lorian Swanson and her son, Kai, join the Great Quad Cities Listen to remember Richard "Swanie" Swanson.
14 minutes | Dec 1, 2017
'The Classroom Did Feel Like A Family'
Margarita Mojica had Juan Valtierra as a student in her ELL (English Language Learners) classroom several years ago. Now 23, Juan joins Margarita to share part of his story for the Great Quad Cities Listen.
15 minutes | Nov 24, 2017
'I Had A Profession That I Dearly Loved'
Rick Miers taught social studies and history for 36 years–30 of them were spent at Rock Island High School. He discusses his career with Dave Geenen for The Great Quad Cities Listen.
10 minutes | Nov 17, 2017
'Hampton Was A Good Place To Be A Kid'
Sisters Juanita Farmer and Betty Pfau talk with Juanita's daughter, Linda Johnson, about growing up in Hampton, Illinois as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen.
12 minutes | Nov 17, 2017
'Life Continues And It's Beautiful'
Greg Aguilar and his mother, Elvia, recorded their Great Quad Cities Listen interview at the Boys and Girls Club in Moline during Mercado on Fifth.
19 minutes | Oct 13, 2017
'I Seem To Be Hypnotized By The Mississippi'
Dick Stahl talks talks to his wife, Helen, about his lifelong infatuation with the Mississippi River as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen.
12 minutes | Oct 13, 2017
'It's The First Time That I Ever Called My Grandfather Schaefer, Grandpa'
Ellen and David Martin join The Great Quad Cities Listen to discuss Ellen's family history in the Quad Cities area.
0 minutes | Aug 11, 2017
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