Unobscured

19 EpisodesProduced by iHeartRadio & Aaron Mahnke

History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve… read more

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Unobscured - Season 1 - Trailer

September 26th, 2018

2:18
History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and …

01 | The Arrival

October 3rd, 2018

41:37

The stage is set, the characters are introduced, and the spell is cast. Welcome to Salem Village, home to a diverse and complicated gathering of families and personalities. It is a pile of dry kindling, and the match is …

02 | The Outsiders

October 10th, 2018

44:21

Even though Salem had been without an official charter from England for almost a decade, there was no question that witchcraft was still a crime. The …

03 | By the Book

October 17th, 2018

48:52

As the first suspects are rounded up and questioned by the biased and partisan officials, their confessions unleash more trouble than relief. And as …

04 | The Refugees

October 24th, 2018

34:03

While the events of the Salem witch trials began within the borders of the Salem village community, many of the forces that drove it forward were …

05 | A Higher Power

October 31st, 2018

42:03

Some people saw the growing witch panic in Salem as a threat to their lives, and they tried to run and hide. Others saw an opportunity for profit and …

06 | Consequences

November 7th, 2018

41:09

Until now, the daily flood of examinations had been a temporary fix while everyone waited for the new government to set up an official trial. For …

07 | She Is One Of Us

November 14th, 2018

38:47

It's easy for a community to turn on the outsiders among them. The Salem witch trials had become a textbook example of this over the first few …

08 | King and Queen

November 21st, 2018

51:26

As the trials continued to roll forward in Salem, crushing more and more lives beneath its wheels, the panic began to spread outside its borders. In …

09 | Fight or Flight

November 28th, 2018

47:31

The witchcraft panic had been gathering victims for months by the time George Burroughs was hanged, and many of them were still in jail. With nothing but torture and certain death awaiting them at the end of their …

10 | Pen and Paper

December 5th, 2018

44:44

Between the examinations and the hangings, it was easy to see the witch trials as a battle fought inside the courtroom. But outside, word was spreading about the injustice of it all, and so the fight was taken to a …

11 | Floundering

December 12th, 2018

50:44

With the Court of Oyer and Terminer officially disbanded, the fog of uncertainly rolled into Salem. What would happen to those still in jail? When …

12 | Making Amends

December 19th, 2018

55:10

How does a community recover from a tragedy that claims over two dozen lives? How do they even begin to pick up the pieces and make things right again? And when it's all said and done, what can the rest of the world …

13 | INTERVIEW 1: Emerson Baker

January 2nd, 2019

1:24:27

Our interview with Emerson Baker, interim dean and history professor at Salem State University and author of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. 

14 | INTERVIEW 2: Mary Beth Norton

January 9th, 2019

1:22:02

Our interview with Mary Beth Norton, professor of American history at Cornell University and author of In the Devil’s Snare.

15 | INTERVIEW 3: Richard Trask

January 16th, 2019

1:35:22

Our interview with Richard B. Trask who has served as Archivist for the Town of Danvers, Massachusetts (old Salem Village) since 1972.

16 | INTERVIEW 4: Marilynne K. Roach

January 24th, 2019

1:34:55

Our interview with Marilynne K. Roach, author of "Six Women of Salem" and "The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege."

17 | INTERVIEW 5: Jane Kamensky

January 30th, 2019

53:37

Our interview with Jane Kamensky, professor of American history at Harvard University and author of Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in …

18 | INTERVIEW 6: Stacy Schiff

February 6th, 2019

53:20

Our interview with the Pulitzer prize winning author Stacy Schiff whose 2015 book The Witches was a source for this series. 

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