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Witch Hunt Podcast

25 EpisodesProduced by Brainy Byrd MediaWebsite

Witch Hunt explores history's most infamous witch hunts (literal and metaphorical) and the history of scapegoating. Season one examines the Salem Witch Trials and season two covers the Great Satanic Panic of the 1980's and 90's.

25 Episodes | 2016 - 2017

Witch Hunt is Coming Soon

August 29th, 2016


Introducing the Witch Hunt Podcast, a biweekly podcast premiering Sunday, September 18. The Witch Hunt Podcast examines history's most infamous witch hunts - literal and metaphorical - starting with the Salem witch …

Introducing Witch Hunt

September 18th, 2016


Meet the Witch Hunt Podcast, a biweekly show that explores history's most famous witch hunts - literal and metaphorical. Join us for season one as we unpack the Salem witch trial hysteria of 1692.

Episode One: The Biggest Little Witch Hunt in History

September 18th, 2016


Why is Salem the witch hunt people remember? Episode One: The Biggest Little Witch Hunt in History examines the European roots of the Salem witch trials. Featuring renowned author Frances Hill, author of "A Delusion of …

Episode Two: Puritans On The Edge

October 2nd, 2016


What was it about the villagers of Salem that made them the people most likely to unleash a witchcraft Hysteria? We spoke with Dr. Mary Beth Norton, the country's top historian, for the answer.

Episode Three: An Evil Hand is Upon Them

October 16th, 2016


It's January, 1692, and the disturbing and bizarre behaviors of two little girls in Salem Village trigger the first witchcraft accusations and arrests. Featuring historian and author Marilynne K. Roach.

Episode Four: Law and Order 1692

October 30th, 2016


The legal system in 1692 Massachusetts was anything but impartial. Learn about how the law worked against the accused during the infamous Salem witch trial crisis.

Witch Hunt Podcast Halloween Special

October 31st, 2016


Meet Thomas O'Brien Vallor, a practicing witch from Salem, Massachusetts. Learn about the beliefs of modern witches. Happy Halloween!

Episode Five: Mean Girls

November 13th, 2016


Who were the main accusers in the Salem witchcraft hysteria of 1692 and what was really wrong with them?887cv8p8

Let's Hang Out!

November 21st, 2016


We're hosting our first ever Witch Hunt Podcast Google Hangout on Sunday, November 27 from 2-4 p.m. (EST). We'll be streaming live to answer your questions, talk about the show, or just say hi. See you there! - Nancy …

Episode Six: Gospel Women & Wizards

November 27th, 2016


Who were they? The innocent men and women hanged as witches in Salem, 1692. Let's take a look at the usual and the not-so-usual suspects.

Episode Seven: Judges, Jurors, & Executions

December 11th, 2016


Who were the men behind the hangings of 19 innocent people in Salem, 1692? What was the town like on "Execution Day"? Featuring author and capital punishment expert, Richard Clark.

Episode Eight: Making It Stop

December 25th, 2016


This episode unpacks what brought the Salem witchcraft hysteria to its end and what Salem looked like when it was all over. Featuring professor and author Emerson Baker.

Episode Nine: That's My Eighth Great Grandmother You Hanged

January 8th, 2017


Interviews with direct descendants of the men and women involved in the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692. Featuring the descendants of Margaret Scott, …

Episode 10: It's Still Happening

January 22nd, 2017


It's not over. They're still hunting down and killing people accused of witchcraft all over the world. Learn how you can help make it stop.

Special Episode One - Keep Away

March 26th, 2017


Why do we get mad at sick people for getting sick? This podcast special series explores the history of quarantines. Episode Music: Peaceful Piano - …

Special Episode Two - There Was Something About Mary

April 9th, 2017


This episode, we tell the story of the original Typhoid Mary. Featuring author and historian Judith Leavitt. Episode music: Seeker by Kai Engel

Special Episode Three - Paper Plates and Sympathy

April 23rd, 2017


Our mini series finale explores the truth behind "Patient Zero" and the AIDS epidemic. Writer Michele Lent Hirsch shares her story of life under quarantine. Episode Music: The Way the World Ends – Lucas King

Episode 11: The Great Satanic Panic

August 20th, 2017


The premiere episode of season two explores how what we believe and how we react to allegations of child abuse fueled a moral panic that destroyed thousands of lives. Featuring an interview with The Intercept's Jordan …

Season 2 Episode 2: The Big 80s

September 3rd, 2017


Episode two explains Satan's big social comeback in the 1980s. Featuring experts Professor Megan Goodwin and Mary DeYoung.

Episode Music

Levantara`n …

Season 2 Episode 3 - What Michelle Remembered

September 17th, 2017


We unpack, "Michelle Remembers," the harrowing, horrible hoax that started the "satanic panic" of the 1980s/90s.

Episode Music: 

Seeker by Kai Engel: 

Season 2, Episode 4: McMartin

October 1st, 2017


The story behind the most famous case of satanic ritual child abuse that never happened. Featuring RetroReport Producer Barbara Drury.

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Season 2, Episode 5: Cult Cops

October 17th, 2017


Retired police detective Duane Gonyon sheds light on how the Satanic Panic got out of control.

Episode Music:

Whisper, by Lucas King

Season 2, Episode 6: Medical Evidence

October 29th, 2017


We reveal how medical experts got it wrong.  Warning: adult content.

Episode Music:

Melancholy, by Lucas King

Season 2, Episode 7: Memory and Myth

November 12th, 2017


We look at memory - real, repressed, and invented and its impact on the Satanic Panic.  Featuring expert Elizabeth Loftus.

Episode Music:

The Way the World Ends, by Lucas King


Season 2, Episode 8: D&D and the Devil

November 26th, 2017


How the enormously popular role-playing board game "Dungeons and Dragons" became a target during the satanic panic. Featuring Nathan Lloyd, host of …

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