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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Director Todd Graham ahead of the first Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about the university's response and plans surrounding COVID-19, and also recent "Conversations of Understanding" and initiatives combatting racism throughout the system.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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One of a string of burglaries south of Harrisburg in 1925 leads to the arrest and trial of one of Birger’s most notorious gangsters, a man known by the pseudonym “Steve George.” In 1926, Birger marries his new wife, Bernice.

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Former SIU Director of Athletics and NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers has passed away at the age of 77.

Sayers led the Saluki athletics department from 1976 to 1981. He continued to help the department after he left by donating memorabilia to fundraising events.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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A shootout ensues when Earl Shelton’s bulldog kills Charlie Birger’s in a dogfight, one of the common forms of entertainment at the bootlegger’s hideout, Shady Rest.

SIUC's Chancellor says as more testing becomes available, the school may consider mandatory COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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After escaping suspicion in the investigation of a bloody shootout, Charlie Birger serves a month in jail for possessing intoxicating liquor and then, a free man again, builds his most notorious entertainment complex, Shady Rest.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about Fall 2020 enrollment numbers, retention plans, COVID-19, and more. 

Inside The Blanket Fort
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As dangers mount, Beatrice Birger draws away from her husband, but Charlie is obsessively desperate to keep her.

SIU-Carbondale released its 10-day fall enrollment numbers Tuesday.

Across the country, colleges and universities are struggling to decide how to teach students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some schools have turned to remote learning; some have attempted to reopen campus with various precautions in place. Others are trying a mix of both.

For the municipalities that are host to colleges and universities, these decisions can be costly. Whether it's curtailing the spread of the virus in their communities, or losing the typical influx of student spending that arrives each fall, these cities and towns are bracing for a challenge.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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On March 26, 1924, Charlie Birger is found guilty on several bootlegging-related charges and sentenced to a year in prison. Meanwhile, Carl and Earl Shelton ambush S. Glenn Young and his wife and take part in a Herrin shootout.

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Equity and accountability were two major themes from Southern Illinois University's second "Conversation of Understanding" event - held Tuesday online.

The discussion focused on hate speech and social media, as people of color within the SIU community talked about their experiences on campus and online.

Tatiana Kelley is a fourth-year medical student, but was an undergrad in Carbondale when she saw a video using racial slurs and disturbing language aimed at people of color.

Students are back in class both on- and off-campus across the Southern Illinois University system, and administrators hope they can continue through the fall semester with little interruption.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony. In this edition of InFocus, they discuss how COVID-19 has changed SIU's Fall 2020 semester, along with additional conversations addressing racism in higher education.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is updating its COVID-19 reporting, to include a website that tracks cases on- and off-campus.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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In December of 1923, a war sparks between bootleggers and law enforcement, many of whom are prominent Klan members. When Carl and Earl Shelton are indicted for the murder of one of these members, they seek out an alliance with Klan-connected Marion attorney Arlie O. Boswell.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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After escaping another murder conviction, Charlie Birger is injured in a fight but recovers in a hospital in Herrin, where his wife Beatrice encounters one of his mistresses for the first time.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about preparations for the new school year, amid a global pandemic.


Inside The Blanket Fort
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A complicated man to say the least, bootlegger and murderer Charlie Birger gains a reputation among locals for extreme acts of kindness. However, his deadly temper always lurks beneath the surface.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams, as the city continues to deal with COVID-19 and prepares for thousands more students to return for classes at SIUC this month.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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After Charlie Birger establishes the profitable “Near Bar” in town, Beatrice recalls her husband’s ability to “operate with minimum of interference” due to his weekly payoffs of certain local law enforcement.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about how the university system is preparing for students to return amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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In this episode of Inside the Blanket Fort, learn more about upcoming projects for Blanket Fort Radio Theater - and meet the students behind those projects.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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In the summer of 1919, Charlie Birger meets and marries 18-year-old Beatrice Bainbridge in Harrisburg, much to the dismay of her parents. Beatrice becomes the reluctant stepmother of Charlie’s daughter Minnie, and the three of them take up residence in Harrisburg.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with 40 Below Joe creator Curt Jones about his new endeavor, along with ties to Southern Illinois University and plans for the future.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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When police raid a local saloon, Charlie Birger uses it as an opportunity to take down one of his competitors in the liquor business, but not everything goes to plan.

Inside The Blanket Fort
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In this episode of Inside the Blanket Fort, meet some of the students behind Blanket Fort Radio Theater, and learn how their project evolved amid a global pandemic.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane, as the campus prepares to welcome back students, faculty, and staff for the Fall 2020 semester.

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SIU leaders say they're working with others in higher education to get a new rule from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement changed before the fall semester starts next month.

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