25 episodes

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.

Witch Hunt Podcast Brainy Byrd Media

    • Arts
    • 4.8, 11 Ratings

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.

    D&D and the Devil

    D&D and the Devil

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

    • 27 min
    Memory and Myth

    Memory and Myth

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

    • 29 min
    Medical Evidence

    Medical Evidence

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

    • 17 min
    Cult Cops

    Cult Cops

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

    • 27 min
    McMartin

    McMartin

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

    • 33 min
    What Michelle Remembered

    What Michelle Remembered

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

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

PaigeStirling ,

I can’t wait to visit Salem now

I found this podcast in hopes of educating myself a bit on the Salem Witch Trials before my planned trip to Salem this October. I did not realize that this podcast would be so detailed and so in-depth. I cannot stop listening, have started reaching more myself, and am now even more excited to experience historical Salem in person! Thank you Nancy for the detailing this captivating story and piece of history for all to hear.

nanababylkm ,

Interesting and entertaining

Started with season 2 and now burning (!) through season 1. Well-researched, reasonable, and well-presented podcast. Although the topic covers some pretty nasty subjects, the podcast doesn’t dwell on these details any more than necessary. I like it.

derykk ,

Fascinating

I've always been interested in the witch trials. I'm so glad I finally found a source for so much information, not just the same repetitive recounts of the same story. Definitely recommend.

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