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SIU Press and WSIU present Blanket Fort Radio Theater, a project highlighting works published by SIU Press. This series includes work from students in the SIUC Creative Writing Program, who have taken SIU Press books and brought them to life. Join us each Thursday for a new installment of Blanket Fort Radio Theater.

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  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater, it's the final installment of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking." In this final episode, we witness the aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Nanking and explore the lives of the Undaunted Women as they attempt to find peace after the horrors they have witnessed.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking," fresh water and beautiful weather lift spirits at Ginling as Bible classes and group prayers continue. More refugees arrive from the country, and efforts continue to reunite them with their families. Ginling begins mass vaccination of its refugees, but some are resistant.
  • Fresh water and beautiful weather lift spirits at Ginling as Bible classes and group prayers continue. More refugees arrive from the country, and efforts continue to reunite them with their families. Ginling begins mass vaccination of its refugees, but some are resistant.
  • Efforts to dissolve the safety zone and its protections begin, and the closure of other camps brings a new influx of refugees to Ginling. Increased sanitary measures are instituted to help prevent the spread of disease. Meanwhile, Minnie Vautrin tracks the aircraft activity overhead.
  • With the arrival of spring, the women must confront the problem of waste disposal at Ginling in order to avoid the spread of disease. As Vautrin and Tsen say goodbye to a beloved foreign humanitarian, they recall the initial occupation of Nanking and discuss their hope for future projects at the College.
  • Continued good weather and the arrival of mail and food from Shanghai lift the women’s spirits. However, the bombing and looting continues, and Tsen Shui-fang surveys the destruction in the southern part of Nanking. Meanwhile, Minnie visits a prison and collects more stories.
  • Vautrin oversees the coming and going of refugees, some of whom have returned to Ginling after being assaulted in their homes by Japanese soldiers. Tsen focuses on logistical work, documenting the stockpile of food and the recent births and deaths in the camp.
  • Efforts to return to normalcy abound, Vautrin and Tsen find it difficult to reckon with their trauma. The beauty of the coming spring clashes with accounts of ongoing brutality. Meanwhile, the women hear rumors of Chinese nationalist troops approaching Nanking.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking," on the date refugees are ordered to leave Ginling, Minnie, though ill, oversees their departure while Tsen continues her work to acquire more medicine, and to document the births and deaths in the camp.
  • Vautrin and Tsen prepare, against their wishes, to send refugees away from Ginling. Tsen laments the women’s malnutrition, while Vautrin, witnessing continued attacks by Japanese soldiers, wonders what can be done to protect the women after they leave.