12 episodes

The Salem Witch Trials Podcast takes a fast-paced and episodic examination of the witch hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Each brief yet insightful episode harnesses the knowledge of an expert to help illuminate both the chronology of events as well the deeper context surrounding the hysteria, giving listeners an understanding of this fascinating and tragic event in early American history.

The Salem Witch Trials Podcast Greg Houle

    • History
    • 4.5 • 25 Ratings

The Salem Witch Trials Podcast takes a fast-paced and episodic examination of the witch hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Each brief yet insightful episode harnesses the knowledge of an expert to help illuminate both the chronology of events as well the deeper context surrounding the hysteria, giving listeners an understanding of this fascinating and tragic event in early American history.

    The First Execution: Bridget Bishop

    The First Execution: Bridget Bishop

    While she wasn’t the first to be accused, on June 10, Bridget Bishop became the first person to be executed for witchcraft during the crisis. But her conviction by the new Court of Oyer and Terminer planted some initial seeds of doubt.
     
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    Learn about Greg Houle's forthcoming novel, The Putnams of Salem: A Novel of Power and Betrayal During the Salem Witch Trials

    • 17 min
    Rebecca Nurse: A Visible Saint is Toppled

    Rebecca Nurse: A Visible Saint is Toppled

    Daniel Gagnon is back to discuss the shocking accusations against and prosecution of Rebecca Nurse.
    Dan is the author of A Salem Witch: The Trial, Execution, and Exoneration of Rebecca Nurse and a member of the board of directors of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers, MA.

    • 25 min
    The Tragedy of Dorothy Good

    The Tragedy of Dorothy Good

    On March 23, 1692, a warrant was issued by the magistrates to take into custody yet another accused individual. By now, the magistrates and marshals were getting used to this exercise. The witch hysteria had been building for several weeks, and the accusations were flying. But this time, however, the accused was not one of the usual suspects. 
     
    Watch Rachel Christ-Doane, director of education at the Salem Witch Museum, discuss her research about the life of Dorothy Good.

    • 22 min
    The Unfortunate Story of George Burroughs

    The Unfortunate Story of George Burroughs

    George Burroughs was the former minister of the church at Salem Village. But in late April, 1692, a complaint was filed against him on behalf of several people who claimed he was a witch who had inflicted them. Days later, he was arrested in Maine and brought back to Salem in chains to face these charges. In a story filled with strange and unusual characters, George Burroughs’ story is among the strangest of them all.
     
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    • 23 min
    The Curious Case of Mary Warren

    The Curious Case of Mary Warren

    Mary Warren, the 20-year-old indentured servant of John and Elizabeth Proctor, was both accused and an accuser; afflicted and an inflictor during the Salem Witch Trials. How could this be? We examine Mary’s twisting tale as a means for helping to understand the complexities and nuance of the witch hysteria in general. 
     
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    • 15 min
    Exploring Witchcraft

    Exploring Witchcraft

    What exactly is witchcraft and magic and what did it mean to New Englanders in the late seventeenth century? We’re joined by historian Alyssa Conary who helps us understand these important questions.  

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Addison.H 123 ,

My Favorite Podcast!

If I could rate this podcast 6 stars I would! The in depth storytelling is excellent and the way the episodes are structured are short but still very informative and interesting, would definitely recommend to anyone with a morning/evening commute. Overall this podcast is a 10/10 and I cannot wait to listen to the next episode!

1eyedcatz ,

One of my favorites!

I love this podcast because it’s short, educational and very thoughtful. We all know some basic facts about this time in history but this podcast dives deeper into certain people and events in a way that is very engaging. Love the music too! Excellent commute listen.

Noidtoday ,

So much potential…

Great idea, but episodes are so short and rarely get into any depth. The music doesn’t bother me like some others have complained. The thing that bothers me is all the Birthright ads. Such a puritanical organization itself, it has caused more harm than good.

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