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Blanket Fort Radio Theater

A Storytelling Initiative from SIU Press in Collaboration with the SIU Creative Writing Program and WSIU

Blanket Fort Radio Theater (BFRT) is a collection of student-produced podcasts in the form of serialized audiobooks. The books chosen for BFRT are previously published titles from Southern Illinois University Press. In contrast to standard audiobooks, BFRT podcasts have a distinctive sound—an “SIU signature sound,” if you will—that features musical underscoring and many actors playing various roles giving the recordings the nostalgic feel of radio theater productions.

HOW TO LISTEN:
You can find BFRT podcasts on NPR One, Spotify, iTunes, or the WSIU podcast page. At least one new episode will be available each week. Each episode is 15-18 minutes in length. Search for Blanket Fort Radio Theater. 

THE PODCASTS: 

A KNIGHT OF ANOTHER SORT--Availalbe now!  
Based on the book A Knight of Another Sort: Prohibition Days and Charlie Birger by Gary DeNeal.
New episodes release each Thursday. 
(listen to the trailer here)
(purchase the book here)

SURVIVED BY ONE--Coming March 4! 
Based on the book Survived By One: The Life and Mind of a Family Mass Murderer by Robert E. Hanlon with Thomas V. Odle
​(listen to the trailer here)
(purchase the book here)

THE UNDAUNTED WOMEN OF NANKING--Coming soon! 
Based on the book The Undaunted Women of Nanking: The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-Fang, edited and translated by Hua-ling Hu and Zhang Lian-hong, and supplemented with material from American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking: The Courage of Minnie Vautrin, by Hua-lin Hu
(listen to the trailer here)
(purchase the books here and here)

MOTHER JONES--Coming soon! 
Based on the book Mother Jones, The Miners’ Angel by Dale Fetherling
(purchase the book here)

INSIDE THE BLANKET FORT
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of BFRT, hosted by Amy J. Etcheson and Pinckney Benedict, broadcast on WSIU Radio each Thursday at 8:43 AM and 5:44 PM
(listen to previous episodes here

CONTACT:
Amy J. Etcheson, Interim Director
Southern Illinois University Press
aetcheson@siu.edu

Pinckney Benedict, Professor
SIUC Department of English, Creative Writing (Fiction)
pinckney@siu.edu

www.blanketfortradiotheater.com

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