The Cities

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About the Series

Thursdays at 6:30pm.
(Encore presentation on Sundays at 5:30pm.)

Hosted by Jim Mertens, The Cities brings viewers both regional and national guest who discuss a variety of topics that provide a unique, and often regional perspective. From social issues and regional arts to national leaders and celebrities, you'll get up close with a a variety of guests. The series also features the Out and About segment, providing information on upcoming regional events and activities.

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Recently on The Cities

Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton sits down with Jim to discuss how polling actually works.Plus QC Chamber of Commerce President Tara Barney.

 

About the Host

Jim MertensAlong with his duties on The Cities Jim Mertens is co-anchor of Good Morning Quad Cities on WQAD (ABC affiliate) and a midday broadcast, News 8 at 11.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He's received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. Jim has been president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association, an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Program Archives

Looking for a specific guest or topic? Simply use the search tool (located at the top right of this page),
enter your search criteria and click the appropriate link. We're pleased to offer archives of this program.

August 2014

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Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton sits down with Jim to discuss how polling actually works. Plus QC Chamber of Commerce President Tara Barney.

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8/28/2014

440

Dr. Joe Rives and Bill Brewer of Western Illinois University discuss the opening of Phase 2 of the riverfront campus.

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8/21/2014

439

Rock Island County Supervisors Don Johnston and Drue Miehlke talk about projects and issues facing the board. Sally Ferguson of the Rock Island Soil and Water Conservation. Jeff and A.J. Boeh of the Quad City Polo Club discuss their upcoming event.

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8/14/2014

438

Rock Island mayor Dennis Pauley and Brian Hollenback of Renaissance Rock Island talk about transforming Rock Island. Tim Gillam of River Action brings us up-to-date on Floatzilla. Music by Maureen Carter and Busted Chandeliers.

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8/07/2014

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July 2014

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Brian Ritter of Nahant Marsh and Brandy Welvaert of Scott County Waste Commission talk about clean up efforts. Tug Fest Co-Presidents Kari Long and Tammy Knapp discuss the annual tug-of-war across the Mississippi.

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7/31/2014

436

Robert Peppers of the Friends of Credit Island and Davenport Parks along with Scott Hock talk about the state of the parks after the spring floods and special events planned at the venues. Josh Duffee, Bix Jazz Festival Director discusses the upcoming festival.

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7/24/2014

435

Quad City Arts' Jessi Black talks about the public art displays created by students and we re-air our interview with Dave Jamison about housing in our the region. Margot Hary of King's Harvest about their new no-kill animal shelter.

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7/17/2014

434

2014 John Deere Classic Chairman Brian Kardell and Birdies for Charity Director Kristy Ketcham Jackson talk about the annual golf tournament. Staff Sergeant Brian Hopson talks about the Best Warrior competition where he took honors as NCO of the Year.

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7/10/2014

433

Bruce Walters and J Douglas Miller talk about their new film Red Hot Jazz. Talk show host Whitney Reynolds discusse her new program airing on WQPT.

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7/03/2014

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June 2014

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Nicole Carkner of the QC Health Initiative talks about helping Quad Citiians to become healthier. Karen McFarland of the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival discusses the upcoming music festival.

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6/25/2014

431

Rock Island County Board Chairman Phil Banaszek and Rock Island County Supervisor Scott Terry discuss the No Confidence vote against Mr. Banaszek. Margot Hary of King's Harvest discusses the new no-kill animal shelter they are opening.

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6/19/2014

430

Former Iowa State Senator Maggie Tinsman talks about the 50/50 by 2020 organization working to have more women running for office in Iowa. Ellis Kell and Deb Sandry Powers (River Music Experience (RME) CEO) discuss the 10th Anniversary of RME.

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5/12/2014

429

Illinois State Representatives Pat Verschoore Rock Island and Mike Smiddy discuss the recently completed Illinois Legislative Session and what was accomplished and what is still on the table. Marc Ciemiewicz who portrays "Tevye" in "Fiddler on the Roof" at Circa '21 discusses the role and the 50th anniversary of the show.

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6/05/2014

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May 2014

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Bill Bloom, Rock Island County Republicans and Doug House, Rock Island County Democrats discuss upcoming elections and topics of interest to both parties. Celie Donohue of the Center for Belgian Culture talks about keeping our heritage alive.

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5/29/2014

427

Greg Wilson and Kevin Walker talk about Operation Life Preserver, collecting the stories from World War II, Korean, and Vietnam war veterans. Michael Becker of Backwater Gamblers discusses the new season opening Memorial Weekend. Tristan Tapscott of District Theatre talks about the new season and new musical opening this weekend.

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5/22/2014

426

Dr. Joe Rives, Western Illinois University and Dr. Dennis Marchiori, Palmer College of Chiropractic talk about the new partnership between the two universities. Laura Kopp, CASI Chief Executive Officer and Beverly Lamb of Alternatives Protective Services discuss the latest information available for seniors.

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5/15/2014

425

Iowa Representative Linda Miller (Bettendorf) discusses Iowa's last legislative session. Musician David G. Smith and Mary Lour Reiter-Kean discuss his song dedicated to her daughter "Ariel" and the rare form of autism she has. Michelle Smyth of the Quad City Autism Center talks about various therapy's for children with autism.

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5/08/2014

424

Dr. Jack Thomas, Western Illinois University President stops by to discuss Phase 2 of the WIU Riverfront campus. Pat Halverson, Beaux Arts Fair and Tim Schiffer of the Figge Art Museum talk about the upcoming Beaux Arts Fair.

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5/01/2014

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April 2014

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Chris Baker and Joshua Schipp talk about the upcoming referendum for Hope Creek Center, and their efforts through KISS Hope Creek Center. Rebekah Wharton and Laura Spencer discuss Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Brandy Wehlvert of the Waste Commission of Scott County talks about the "I Live Here" campaign.

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4/24/2014

422

Bishop Martin Amos of the Catholic Diocese of Davenport talks about the Easter season and what it means to millions. Natalie Doyle of the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education discusses the Ready to Learn Conference.

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4/17/2014

421

Angie Kendall and Loretta Wuerdeman of the Child Abuse Council discusses the new report—"Kids Count" about children living in poverty. Lisa Williams of the Moline Public Library talks about their "Changing America" and accompanying "Created Equal" film series and exhibit.

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4/10/2014

420

Cokie Roberts, political correspondent and author visits the Quad Cities as the keynote speaker at a WVIK event. Jay Pearce, WVIK General Manager talks about the changes at the (WVIK) station.

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4/03/2014

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March 2014

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Western Illinois University history professor Dr. Scott Palmer author of "Dictatorship of the Air," talks about the current state of Russia. Learn more about the Iowa Finance Authority new rental housing locator service called IowaHousingSearch.org with Dave Jamison. Kelly Pulford from SafePath Survivor Resources of Family Resources talks about the event "Take Back the Night."

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3/27/2014

418

Dr. David Moyer, Moline School Superintendent and Doug House, Moline Municipal Services Manager talk about the referendum that was defeated that would have funded school infrastructure. Phil Bonello of National Cart Marketing talks about an interesting way to advertise on garbage cans. Jennifer Kerr of the Arsenal Family Advocacy Program discusses the upcoming "Youth Expo."

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3/20/2014

417

Amanda Crowell from UnityPoint Health Trinity discusses the upcoming deadline to apply for the Affordable Care Act. DeAnne Bloomberg of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau talks about the upcoming Women in Agriculture Conference.

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3/13/2014

416

Dr. Mike Oberhaus, Rock Island/Milan Superintendent and Sarah Bohnsack, Co-chair of "YES Makes Sense for Students" talk about the upcoming vote for a one cent tax to help fund school infrastructure expenses. Kim Findlay, President of the Putnam Museum and Nichole Myles discuss the newest exhibit at the museum titled CSI.

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3/06/2014

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February 2014

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Iowa Senator Charles Grassley talks about the farm bill; Edward Snowdon and the Affordable Care Act. Jerry Jones of United Way of the Quad Cities and Jane Bahls of Operation READ discuss the reading program.

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2/27/2014

414

Genesis Medical Center Governmental Relations Specialis, Austin Bird talks about the Affordable Care Act. Major Terry Saul of the First Army headquartered on Arsenal Island discusses his recent speech titled "The High Cost of Freedom."

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2/20/2014

413

Illinois State Representative Mike Smiddy discusses the current legislative session, particularly a new law to keep sex offenders out of fairs. The 50th anniversary of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan is talked about in a visit with Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister.

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2/13/2014

412

Alex Hall Western Illinois University Financial Aid Advisor and Jeannine Ingelson of Scott Community College discuss how to make college affordable. Julie Gelaude from Black Hawk College talks about diversity in our road crews.

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2/06/2014

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January 2014

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Ray Wolf and Maren Stoflet of the National Weather Service talk about our winter weather and the possibility of spring flooding. Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Tim Tolliver talks about their programs and new building.

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1/30/2014

410

Illinois' new concealed carry law is discussed with guests Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd and Tim Baldwin of Quad City Shooting Sports. Ballet Quad Cities Executive Director, Joedy Cook and dancer Emily Long talk about upcoming performances of the area ballet company.

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1/23/2014

409

Phil Banaszek, Chairman of the Rock Island County Board and Don Johnston, Supervisor of Rock Island County talk about the Rock Island Courthouse and budget. Ryan Collins of the Midwest Writing Center discusses the projects and events at the writing center.

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1/16/2014

408

Mary Ellen Chamberlin, Riverboat Development Authority President and Chairman Carol Sommer talk about the new casino. Samantha Heilig a Corps of Engineers Park Ranger discusses the Eagle count along the Mississippi River.

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1/09/2014

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December 2013

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Illinois Republican Gubernatorial candidates are asked key questions at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce meeting. Including Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford. (Part 2)

 

12/19/2013

404

Illinois Republican Gubernatorial candidates are asked key questions at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce meeting. Including Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford. (Part 1)

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12/12/2013

403

Michael Kolenc of "Yes for Independent Maps" and Doug House, Rock Island County Democratic Party Chairman talk about the census and how a bipartisan committee is hoping to redefine county supervisory districts.

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12/05/2013

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November 2013

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Emily Gordon of Rick's House of Hope and Chaplain Carol Kelly of Genesis Medical Center's Spiritual Care Department offer advice and places where people can find help. Patty Mixdorf from the Salvation Army talks about the Red Kettle campaign.

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11/28/2013

401

Anne Colville and Cindi Johnston, 2013 Festival of Trees Co-Chairpersons talk about the annual festival events. Carmen Darland, Executive Director of Quad City Arts and Susan Wahlman talk about how income from Festival of Trees help to bring visiting artists the area.

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11/21/2013

352

Mark Schwiebert, former Mayor of Rock Island, Sue Golden, former "Super City" organizer talk about the 25th anniversary of the attempt to form an Illinois Super City. Bob Vogelbaugh, "Mr. Thanksgiving" joins us to talk about his annual Thanksgiving meal at SouthPark Mall.

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11/14/2013

351

Illinois State Representative Cheri Bustos talks about the Affordable Care Act, and her work with veterans. Kelly Rundle Hero Street Documentary Director is joined by Marc Wilson author of Hero Street discuss the film.

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11/07/2013

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October 2013

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Denise Hester (Student Hunger Drive) and Tom Laughlin (River Bend Food Bank) talk about this years' Student Hunger Drive. Rick Palmer (Adler Theatre) talks about upcoming events at the theatre. Tony Parise, Director of "A Christmas Story" at Circa '21 discusses the opening of the show.

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10/31/2013

349

Authors Wendy-Hilton Morrow and Joy Hayes discuss their book War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis on the 75th anniversary of the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. Shelly Sheehy of River Cities Development Services and Bonnie Beechum of United Neighbors talk about their special screening of "Fleeced" and Heather Aaronson of the Figge Art Museum talks about their exhibit to celebrate the "Day of the Dead."

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10/24/2013

348

Amanda Crowell and Pam Samuelson of Unity Point Health—Trinity discuss the new Affordable Care Act and how Trinity is helping citizens sign-up for insurance. Brian Hughes of the Quad City Wind Ensemble talks about the upcoming season.

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10/17/2013

347

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. discusses her views in the pro-life community and the movement as a continuation of the civil rights movement. Tar Marcias and Natalie Zarowny talk about their new television series "Hola America."

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10/10/2013

346

Former Illinois Representative Bobby Schilling is interviewed about the debt ceiling and his campaign to try and regain his congressional seat. Betsy Pratt of the Red Cross talks about their work.

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10/3/2013

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September 2013

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Dave Loebsack discusses the current issues facing Congress and congressional gridlock. Benjamin Loeb, Executive Director, Quad City Symphony talks about the new season.

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9/26/2013

344

Duane Gissel of the Iowa State Extension Horticulture program talks about the drought. Kim Findley of the Putnam Museum talks about "The Diana" exhibit that recently opened. Jamie Lange, WQPT Director of Development discusses talks about WQPT's fund-raiser, Brew Ha Ha.

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9/19/2013

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