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Blanket Fort Radio Theater
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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's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking," as Christmas approaches, the atrocities continue and food becomes more and more scarce.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking," Minnie Vautrin describes the horrors she witnesses on the streets of Nanking as she continues to report the atrocities of the soldiers to the Japanese consulate.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking," food scarcity, looting, and daily incursions on Ginling College by the Japanese soldiers and military police enrage and demoralize Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang as they attempt to protect their refugees and resources.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking, " we hear Tsen Shui-fang’s account of the previous episode’s events. Having failed to prevent the assault of Ginling College by the Japanese soldiers, she and Minnie Vautrin take stock of the camp in the aftermath. They hope to expand the camp to make more room for the overcrowded refugees as the Japanese soldiers abduct yet more women.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of the podcast "The Undaunted Women of Nanking," the days following the fall of Nanking see the the city become a shell of its former self. Japanese soldiers enter the safety zone and conduct a thorough search of Ginling College campus under the pretext of searching for Chinese army deserters. Despite the best efforts of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang, the soldiers take food, money, and clothing from the refugees, and abduct several young women.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking," Nanking has fallen and Japanese soldiers invade the city, looting and burning as they go. At Ginling College in the safety zone, communications with the outside world are limited. Tsen Shui-fang receives yet more refugees who have been forced out of their homes, while Minnie Vautrin attempts to guard the gates of Ginling against growing numbers of Japanese soldiers searching for young women to abduct.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater, it's episode 3 of our latest podcast "The Undaunted Women of Nanking."
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's production of "The Undaunted Women of Nanking: The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang," we hear in Tsen Shui-fang’s own words about the establishment of the camp at Ginling and her tireless work in caring for female refugees as Japanese attacks mount.
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater we debut the new podcast "The Undaunted Women of Nanking: The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang."
  • This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater it's the final episode of "Survived by One." In this concluding episode Tom Odle offers his final reflections on his past, his present, and his future.