Blanket Fort Radio 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.
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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.

Most Recent Episodes

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 12

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.

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 11

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.

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 10

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

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 9

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.

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 8

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.

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 7

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.

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 6

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.

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 5

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.

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 4

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.

BFRT: A Knight of Another Sort - Episode 3

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.

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