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Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt is the essential witch trials podcast for students, researchers, academics, descendants of witch trial victims, advocates, and everyone else interested in this intriguing subject. We cover the past, present, and future of witch-hunting in search of solutions that will help end witch hunts. Join us for an immersive journey through the intriguing and often misunderstood world of witch trials, both historical and contemporary. #salemwitchtrials #witchhunt #witchtrials (Formerly Thou Shalt Not Suffer: The Witch Trial Podcast) Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support

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Salem Aftermath with Tom Phillips
Welcome to Witch Hunt, where we uncover the truths behind some of history's most compelling events. Today, we are joined by award-winning filmmaker Tom Phillips, who is here to discuss his new award-winning screenplay, "Salem Aftermath." “Salem Aftermath" will be a drama series that explores the strained relationships following the Salem Witch-Hunt and the psychological impacts on those who lived through it like never before. Tom's extensive research and collaboration with leading scholars infuses real life perspective into this often sensationalized period. Find out which historical voices he has brought to life and how science enabled these stories to unfold. Additionally we discuss the powerful Massachusetts Witch Hunt Justice Project, an active effort working to exonerate the remaining accused witches of Massachusetts. Below, you can check out Tom Phillips' award-winning film "Chasing the Dead: Requiem," streaming now.  Please see links below to get in touch with Tom’s team or to join the Justice Project efforts. Agency Representing "Salem Aftermath" How to see Salem Witch Hunt Examine the Evidence through the Essex National Heritage Area America’s Hidden Stories: Salem’s Secrets Murderous Minister | National Geographic Expedition Week: Salem: Unmasking the Devil: Produced by Tom Phillips. Trailer, Chasing the Dead: Requiem  Tom Phillips Interview on Chasing the Dead: Requiem film Tom Phillips on IMDB.com  Support Us! Buy Book Titles Mentioned in this Episode from our Book Shop Petition to recognize those accused of witchcraft in MassachusettsList of those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts Come Visit Us On YouTube --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
63:30 6/12/24
Witch Hunt 15: Witch-Hunting and the Law in India
In this abridged version of "Legal Perceptions of Witch-hunting in India with Riya A Singh and Amit Anand," we learn about the existing laws against witch-hunting in some Indian states and the need for a national law to curb these harmful practices. For the full episode, please visit https://open.spotify.com/episode/43tSyuiOoXNtZkArtQryLe --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:41 6/7/24
Legal Perceptions of Witch-hunting in India with Riya A Singh and Amit Anand
In this episode, hosts Josh and Sarah explore the complexities of witchcraft legislation relating to witch branding and witch hunting in India. They are joined by Riya A. Singh, a third year law student specializing in human rights, and Dr. Amit Anand, an Assistant Professor of Law at Reva University. They discuss the differences in legal frameworks and implementation across Indian states, underscoring the urgent need for central legislation. The discussion highlights  how the shortcomings of current laws are impacting the lives of vulnerable community members. They address the importance of tailoring education, systemic changes, and community programs to fit the unique needs of each region. Join us for an insightful conversation on the urgent need for legal reforms and societal action to combat witch-hunting in India. Anti-Superstition Laws in India THE PREVENTION AND PROHIBITION OF WITCH-BRANDING AND WITCH-HUNTING AND OTHER HARMFUL PRACTICES BILL, 2022 Come Visit Us On Youtube Sign the Petition to recognize those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts ActionAid Report: “Witch-Hunting in Odisha” ActionAid Report: “Witch Branding in India” Join One of Our Projects Support Us! Buy Books from our Book Shop End Witch Hunts  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
58:13 6/5/24
The Connecticut Witch Trials Trilogy with Beth Caruso
In this episode, we welcome back Beth M. Caruso, author of the compelling novel One of Windsor and its sequel The Salty Rose, to discuss her latest book, Between Good and Evil: Curse of the Windsor Witch's Daughter, the final entry in her Connecticut Witch Trials trilogy. Beth takes us through the chilling history of the Connecticut Witch Trials, focusing on Alice Young Jr., the daughter of the first person executed for witchcraft in Connecticut.  Beth shares insights into Alice Jr.'s experiences, her family's history, and the extensive research behind the book, including work with historians Malcolm Gaskill and Kathy Hermes. We also explore themes of trauma, healing, and the lasting impact of the witch trials, along with efforts to honor the victims and educate the public. Join us for a compelling mix of historical insights and personal stories with Beth M. Caruso. Author Beth Caruso's Website Come Visit Us On Youtube ConnecticutWitchTrials.org CT W.I.T.C.H. Memorial Support Us! Buy Book Titles Mentioned in this Episode from our Book Shop Sign the Petition to recognize those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
55:46 5/29/24
The Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project Marks Anniversary of Exoneration
Join us for a special episode marking the first anniversary of the groundbreaking legislation that cleared the names of Connecticut’s witch trial victims. On May 25, 2023, House Joint Resolution 34 was adopted, officially absolving the innocent victims of the colonial witch trials and offering a formal state apology to their descendants. In this episode, hear from the five advocates who founded the Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project in 2022 as they reflect on their journey to legislative success, share their personal experiences, and discuss the profound impact of the 2023 resolution. We'll delve into their efforts to raise awareness, the plans for a state memorial, and how this historical victory resonates with the ongoing modern witch hunt crisis worldwide. Don't miss this insightful conversation about justice, remembrance, and the continued fight against wrongful persecution. Come Visit Us On Youtube ConnecticutWitchTrials.org CT W.I.T.C.H. Memorial State Representative Jane Garibay Mary-Louise Bingham’s YouTube video at Proctor's Ledge about Connecticut victims Diana DiZoglio Senate Floor Speech Exoneration of Elizabeth Johnson, Jr. 05/26/22 Support Us! Buy Book Titles Mentioned in this Episode from our Book Shop Sign the Petition to recognize those accused of witchcraft in MassachusettsList of those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts Youtube - Connecticut Witch Trials with Dr. Scott Culpepper Windsor Historical Society New London Connecticut Historical Society Historical Sites with witch trial ties First Church in Windsor Connecticut's Old State House Barnard Park also known as South Green Hartford Ancient Burial Ground Witch Hunt: Connecticut Witch Trials episodes Connecticut Witch Trials with Beth Caruso and Tony Griego of CT WITCH Memorial Should Connecticut Witch Trial Victims be Exonerated? Connecticut Witch-Hunts and John Winthrop, Jr. with Dr. Scott Culpepper Descendants of Connecticut Witch Trial Victims Introducing The Last Night, a Connecticut Witch Trials Play Between God and Satan with Beth Caruso and Katherine Hermes Representative Jane Garibay on Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Legislation Goody Bassett, Accused Witch of Stratford, Connecticut Andy Verzosa on Museums, Mary Barnes, and Farmington, Connecticut Connecticut Witch Trials 101, Part 1 Connecticut Witch Trials 101, Part 2: Witchcraft Belief, the Founding of Connecticut, and Alice Young Connecticut Witch Trial Victim Exoneration Testimony with William and Jennifer Schloat Connecticut Witch Trials 101 Part 3: 1648-1661 Connecticut Witch Trials 101 Part 4: The Hartford Witch-Hunt of 1662-1665 Before Salem with Richard S. Ross III Connecticut Witch Trials 101 Part 5: 1666 to 1691 Connecticut Witch Trials 101 Part 6: 1692 and Beyond --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
53:10 5/22/24
Mary Beth Norton on Salem Witch Trials Research
In this episode of "Witch Hunt," we are privileged to share the expert insights of Mary Beth Norton, a distinguished historian specializing in early American history. Mary Beth shares her profound research on the impact of frontier warfare on the dynamics of the Salem Witch Trials, offering a unique perspective that centers on the accusers. Mary Beth gives insights from her experiences teaching this intriguing topic of history at Cornell University, alongside the compelling witch trial research her students undertook. Join us as we discuss key takeaways from her groundbreaking book, In the Devil's Snare, and hear firsthand about the innovative research conducted by her students. Don't miss this deep dive into one of the most mysterious chapters of American history. Buy: In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton Buy: Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt by Bernard Rosenthal, editor The Cornell University Witchcraft Collection commonplace.online Salem Witchcraft In The Classroom Support Us! Buy Book Titles Mentioned in this Episode from our Book Shop Petition to recognize those accused of witchcraft in MassachusettsList of those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts Come Visit Us On Youtube Athenian Mercury --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
52:37 5/15/24
The Once and Future Witch Hunt with Alice Markham-Cantor
We present a thought-provoking episode that considers the enduring legacy of witch hunts, tracing their historical roots through the Salem Witch Trials to the present day with Martha Carrier descendant and author Alice Markham-Cantor. Her personal journey and research, lead our reflection on the economic, political, and personal motivations driving witch hunts. Witch hunt history reveals how accusations of witchcraft, intertwined with social disputes and global dynamics, persist across time, necessitating a call for historical truth, awareness of ongoing injustices, and activism against this continuing phenomenon. Alice’s new book, The Once and Future Witch Hunt: A Descendant’s Reckoning from Salem to the Present, releases May 8, 2024, and stay tuned to awitchstory.com for updates on the new documentary, A Witch Story, featuring Alice. Buy the book "The Once and Future Witch: A Descendants Reckoning from Salem to the Present" By Alice Markham Cantor https://www.alicemarkhamcantor.com/ https://awitchstory.com/ United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 47/8. Elimination of harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks   Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Study on the situation of the violations and abuses of human rights rooted in harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks, as well as stigmatization 'Witch Hunt' Podcast Episode: Ending Sorcery Accusation Related Violence in Papua New Guinea with Miranda Forsyth 'The Briefing' Podcast Episode: Why Witch Hunts are Still Happening in 2024 with Miranda Forsyth End Witch Hunts Why Witch Hunts are not just a Dark Chapter from the Past The International Network against Accusations of Witchcraft and Associated Harmful Practices Grassroots organizations working with The International Network --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
59:18 5/8/24
The Intersection of Spiritual Belief and Gender Roles in Hinduism with Akanksha Madaan and Amit Anand
This comprehensive discussion brings together experts Dr. Akanksha Madaan and Dr. Amit Anand, focusing on witch hunts, the intersection of spirituality and gender roles in societies, particularly within Hinduism, and comparisons with African contexts. Dr. Madaan, an Assistant Professor of Law with extensive study in Victimology, and Dr. Anand, also an Assistant Professor who has researched violence against women in India, including aspects of witchcraft and honor-based abuse, discuss the historical and sociocultural facets of witch-hunting. They examine how witch hunts have been influenced by various factors, including patriarchal structures, lack of education, and misconceptions about religious and spiritual practices. The conversation extends beyond India, touching on similar practices in Africa and drawing parallels to historical European witch trials, highlighting the universal scapegoating of women in such accusations. The discussion underscores the complexity of tackling witch hunts, calling for multidimensional approaches involving law, education, and community engagement to address this grave human rights issue. Film: Testimony of Ana End Witch Hunts AVARNAN | SHORT FILM | NAVEEN SURESH | AMAL OSCAR | SHAMAL CHACKO | VISHNU SUJATHAN - YouTube Why Witch Hunts are not just a Dark Chapter from the Past The International Network against Accusations of Witchcraft and Associated Harmful Practices Grassroots organizations working with The International Network International Alliance to End Witch Hunts --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
66:44 5/4/24
Harmful Traditional Practices with Naveen Suresh and Samantha Spence
This episode features a comprehensive discussion on superstitions and their impact on child rights in India, specifically focusing on the harmful ritual of Pillai Thookkam. The guests, Naveen Suresh, a PhD researcher on anti-superstition law in India, and Dr. Samantha Spence, an expert in human rights law, dive into the legal, cultural, and psychological aspects of superstitions and their enforcement. Naveen shares unsettling details about Pillai Thookkam, a ritual involving putting babies at risk without safety measures, to highlight the severe neglect of child rights under the guise of tradition. Both guests discuss the complexities of applying existing laws against such practices, emphasizing the importance of scientific temper, education, and mental health awareness. The episode concludes with insights into how media and education can play pivotal roles in combating superstitions and fostering a rational and empathetic societal outlook towards child welfare. Street Play on Witch Hunting by I-CARD Film: Testimony of Ana End Witch Hunts AVARNAN (The Colorless People) | SHORT FILM | NAVEEN SURESH Why Witch Hunts are not just a Dark Chapter from the Past The International Network against Accusations of Witchcraft and Associated Harmful Practices Grassroots organizations working with The International Network International Alliance to End Witch Hunts --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
47:52 4/24/24
Cotton Mather and the Demoniac with Brendan Walsh
In today's episode, we sit down with Brendan Walsh, an expert in Early Modern Intellectual History and Religion to examine a chilling account of a 17th century demonic child possession in Connecticut, as chronicled in Cotton Mather’s "Memorable Providences Relating To Witchcrafts And Possessions." Brendan takes us through the golden age of demonic possession, spotlighting significant figures such as the English exorcist John Darrell and notorious New England minister Cotton Mather. As we consider the account of the "Boy of Tocutt," Brendan elucidates how such reports reflect the fundamental Puritan perceptions of the diabolical or malevolent and their assault on the spiritually weak. Join us for a fascinating journey into the past, exploring how immemorial  beliefs in witchcraft, the devil’s pact, demonic obsession and possession continue to shape our understanding of evil in our society and ourselves. "The Boy of Tocutt" and the Demonic Covenant in Seventeenth-Century New England Demonology Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions Salem Witch-Hunt Daily Report Save Ingersoll's Tavern Facebook Group Massachusetts Witch-Hunt Justice Project Facebook Group Sign the MA Witch Hunt Justice Project Petition Join One of Our Projects Support Us! Buy Books from our Book Shop End Witch Hunts  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
51:27 4/17/24
The Ultimate Introduction to the Salem Witch Trials
Witch Hunt presents “The Ultimate Introduction to the Salem Witch Trials,” the first episode of the Salem Witch-Hunt 101 series. This episode provides a comprehensive overview of the Salem Witch Trials, emphasizing the event's extensive reach, the variety of people involved, and its unique characteristics compared to other witch hunts in history. We discuss the origins and progression of the witch hunt, debunking myths and shedding light on the social, legal, and political factors feeding the crisis. Also covered are some of the key accusers, victims, opposition, and lasting legacy of the trials, with an emphasis on the importance of remembrance and learning from this dark chapter in history. Hosts Josh Hutchinson and Sarah Jack, descendants of people hanged for witchcraft in the Salem Witch-Hunt, welcome you to explore the witch-hunt in great detail in this episode and the rest of the series. Look for much more in-depth Salem coverage over the coming months and years. Salem Witch-Hunt 101 Bibliography A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience by Emerson W. Baker The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-By-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege by Marilynne K. Roach Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt by Bernard Rosenthal, editor The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World by Malcolm Gaskill Witchcraft: A History in Thirteen Trials by Marion Gibson The Once & Future Witch Hunt: A Descendant's Reckoning from Salem to the Present by Alice Markham-Cantor Marion Gibson on Witchcraft A History in 13 Trials Owen Davies on Grimoires, Magic, and Witch Hunts Finding Your Salem Witch Trial Ancestors with David Allen Lambert Malcolm Gaskill on The Ruin of All Witches --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
52:08 4/10/24
Witchcraft Accusations in Ghana with John Azumah
Joined by John Azumah, an expert who sheds light on the origins and societal impacts of witchcraft accusations, we navigate the intricate landscape of family disputes, community fears, and the national efforts to combat this grave injustice. Our journey takes us into the heart of communities torn apart by fear and suspicion, where accusations of witchcraft have long led to banishment and the resulting formation of 'witch camps.' Azumah's insights offer a profound look at the cultural and societal dynamics that perpetuate these practices, as well as the ongoing struggles to reintegrate victims into their communities amidst threats of re-accusation and violence. This episode is a deep dive into the efforts at various levels to address and hopefully eradicate the stigma and harm caused by these ancient accusations, highlighting the urgent need for reform and protective measures for those unjustly accused. Recommended Reading United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 47/8. Elimination of harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks   Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Study on the situation of the violations and abuses of human rights rooted in harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks, as well as stigmatization Websites of Note The Sanneh Institute: Research, Religious, Society Total Life Enhancement Center, Ghana Songtaba.org  Securing Basic Rights for Women and Girls Women's International League for Peace and Freedom  Action Aid Ghana Legal Resource Centre Ghana Amnesty International, Ghana End Witch Hunts Why Witch Hunts are not just a Dark Chapter from the Past The International Network against Accusations of Witchcraft and Associated Harmful Practices Grassroots organizations working with The International Network International Alliance to End Witch Hunts --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
49:31 4/3/24
Detestable and Wicked Arts with Paul Moyer
Paul Moyer delves into New England's witch-hunt history this week on Witch Hunt. Drawing from his book, Detestable and Wicked Arts, Moyer discusses the origins of witchcraft beliefs, transatlantic connections, and infamous trials like Salem and Hartford. Learn about the societal pressures behind these hunts, from religious conflicts to political turmoil, and gain new insights into this haunting chapter of American history. How did heavy societal expectations on family and marriage bring out the hunting of diabolical duos, couples accused of being witches? Paul Moyer discusses his upcoming book about a  gripping murder case set in antebellum America, an enthralling history with  themes of social justice and defiance of gender norms. Buy the book, Detestable and Wicked Arts by Paul B. Moyer Petition to recognize those accused of witchcraft in MassachusettsList of those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts Donate to The International Network Small Grant Fund GoFundMe Campaign TINAAWAHP Witch Hunt Book Store End Witch Hunts Movement  Support Us! Buy Podcast Merch! --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
43:15 3/27/24
Witch Hunt 15: Stacy Schiff Explains the Salem Witch Trials in Under 15 Minutes
This episode features an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, discussing her book 'The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem' and exploring the Salem Witch Trials. Schiff addresses common misconceptions about the trials, such as the method of execution and the demographics of the accused, and delves into the complicated array of factors that led to the witch-hunt, including political, social, and environmental influences. The episode also touches on the broader impact of the trials on American history, linking it to themes of reason vs. fear and the importance of historical awareness in preventing similar miscarriages of justice. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:07 3/23/24
Stacy Schiff on the Salem Witch Trials
Pulitzer-prize-winning author Stacy Schiff joins hosts Josh Hutchinson and Sarah Jack for a dive into the heart of the Salem Witch Trials on this week's episode of Witch Hunt. Celebrated for her book, The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem, Stacy sheds light on the trials' misunderstandings, explores their actual origins, and spotlights the pivotal individuals involved. Her insights and story telling make history accessible and engaging. Together, they reflect on the timely relevance of lessons learned from the Salem Witch Trials.  StacySchiff.com Buy Book: The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff Petition to recognize those accused of witchcraft in MassachusettsList of those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts TINAAWAHP Witch Hunt Book Store End Witch Hunts Movement  Support Us! Buy Witch Trial Merch! Support Us! Buy Podcast Merch! Join us on Discord to share your ideas and feedback. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
33:43 3/20/24
Newcastle Witch Trials in 15 Minutes with Dr. Katie Liddane
This episode of 'Witch Hunt' explores the Newcastle Witch-Hunt, its historical obscurity compared to other trials like the Pendle Witch Trials, and the efforts spearheaded by Dr. Katie Liddane to remember and honor those accused of witchcraft. Dr. Liddane, a recent PhD graduate from Northumbria University with expertise in 17th-century Northeast English witchcraft, discusses her workshop at Newcastle Castle for students, outreach efforts, and the importance of memorialization. The conversation delves into the societal and political influences on witch persecutions, the role of witchfinders, and the larger absence of recognition for victims. Dressed as a 17th-century woman accused of witchcraft, Dr. Liddane leads tours to educate and engage the public. The episode emphasizes the necessity of commemorating the accused to acknowledge past injustices and highlights ongoing projects to achieve this goal, including comparing witchcraft heritage and memorialization efforts in different locations. Originally published March 13, 2024 as part of "Newcastle Witch Trials with Dr. Katie Liddane." Click here for the full episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:55 3/16/24
Newcastle Witch Trials with Dr. Katie Liddane
In this week’s captivating episode, we are excited to welcome Dr. Katie Liddane, an expert in the History and Heritage of Witch Hunting in the North East of England. Katie takes us through her research and her dedicated efforts to illuminate the Newcastle Witch Trials. We delve into why the Newcastle Witch-Hunt remains less known compared to events like the Pendle Witch-Hunt and discuss Newcastle Castle's creative approach to engaging the community with workshops on witch trial history. Katie also talks about her active role in creating a memorial for the victims of the Newcastle witch trials, stressing the importance of community involvement and historical fidelity. She sheds light on the necessity of merging historical accuracy with the pop-cultural fascination with witchcraft to fully honor and recognize the humanity of the accused. Join us as we explore an intricate blend of history, memory, and cultural engagement in remembering past witch hunts. Newcastle Castle The Newcastle Witches Podcast Walking with Witches by Lynn Huggins-Cooper End Witch Hunts Massachusetts Witch Hunt Justice Project Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project Witch Hunt --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
63:12 3/13/24
Witchcraft A History in 13 Minutes with Marion Gibson
In this abridged version of our interview with Marion Gibson, we learn about her book, Witchcraft: A History in 13 Trials. She explains how magic and witchcraft have been defined historically. The conversation features a discussion of demonology, specifically Heinrich Kramer's Malleus Maleficarum. This episode closes with a segment about Harmful Practices Related to Accusations of Witchcraft and Ritual Attacks, otherwise known as modern witch hunts. Originally aired January 17, 2024 as "Marion Gibson on Witchcraft A History in 13 Trials" --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
12:57 3/11/24
15 Minutes on Witchcraft Accusations and International Women's Day
"Witch Hunt" podcast delves into the entwined paths of witch-hunting and women's struggles worldwide. Dr. Samantha Spence emphasizes the urgent need for global response, gender equality, healthcare access, and education to combat the grave issue of gender inequality perpetuated by witchcraft accusations. The discussion sheds light on the multifaceted adversities faced by women accused of witchcraft, emphasizing the pivotal role of international collaboration, enhanced data gathering, and rigorous research. The conversation also underscores the critical necessity of female leadership, educational and mentorship programs, and mental health care in dismantling harmful myths and promoting inclusivity. Additionally, the role of international or local policies and the challenges in implementing the UN resolution on the Elimination of Harmful Practices Related to Accusations of Witchcraft provided insight into the varying responses to witchcraft accusations worldwide. The episode ends with a thought-provoking reflection on International Women's Day and the impact of witchcraft accusations as a form of gender-based violence. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:42 3/8/24
Witchcraft Accusations and Gender Inequality with Dr. Samantha Spence
In this poignant episode of "Witch Hunt" we're honored to welcome Dr. Samantha Spence back. Merging the commemorative spirits of International Women's Day and Women’s History Month into a deep dive on the entwined paths of witch-hunting and women's struggles worldwide, Dr. Spence brings to light the multifaceted adversities that ensnare women accused of witchcraft - from social ostracization to economic hardships, legal injustices, and educational blockades. These barriers not only underscore their marginalization but also underscore the urgency of a collective global response. Through our discussion, Dr. Spence underscores the pivotal role of international collaboration, enhanced data gathering, and rigorous research in crafting both national and global strategies to counteract these injustices comprehensively. A staunch advocate for gender equality, she points out the transformative power of education for all genders and the undeniable influence of female leadership in dispelling harmful myths, challenging age-old stereotypes, and uplifting communities. Furthermore, Dr. Spence passionately argues for the critical necessity of healthcare access, with a particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health services, as a cornerstone in safeguarding women's rights and well-being. Join us as we explore these essential themes with Dr. Spence, gaining insights into how solidarity, knowledge, and action can illuminate the darkest corners of witch hunts and pave the way for a just, equitable future that inspires inclusion. The International Network Against Accusations of Witchcraft and Associated Harmful Practices United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 47/8. Elimination of harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks   Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Study on the situation of the violations and abuses of human rights rooted in harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks, as well as stigmatization Pan African Parliament Guidelines for Addressing Accusations of Witchcraft and Ritual Attacks Film: Testimony of Ana Why Witch Hunts are not just a Dark Chapter from the Past Storymap explaining the dynamics of sorcery accusation related violence End Witch Hunts Movement  Petition to recognize those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
56:30 3/6/24
The Astrologer, the Witch, and the Poltergeist: Massachusetts Witch Trials 101 Part 3
What happens when an astrologer, a witch, and a poltergeist walk into a barn in colonial Massachusetts? In this third installment of Massachusetts Witch Trials 101 on Witch Hunt, we delve into the intricate narratives of various Massachusetts witch trials that span from 1657 to 1687. Several significant cases are broken down such as those involving Elizabeth Morse, Mary Webster, and John Godfrey.These cases illustrate the trials of the period and their lasting impact. The hosts Josh Hutchinson and Sarah Jack also touch on their ancestral connections to these trials and discuss their advocacy work to end present-day witch hunts through their organization. Originally published February 7, 2024. List of those accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
40:30 3/4/24
Caste and Witchcraft Accusations in 15 Minutes
This episode of the Witch Hunt podcast, featuring human rights lawyer Preethi Lolaksha Nagaveni, focuses on her extensive research on caste-based discrimination and untouchability in India. The conversation delves into the urgent need for societal transformation and accountability to eliminate harmful practices. The exchange also highlights the brutal realities faced by Dalit women, explore historical background, and emphasize the necessity for stringent laws to combat these entrenched issues. The episode underlines the importance of Babasaheb Ambedkar's advocacy for Dalit rights and his influence in shaping the Indian Constitution. Additionally, it unveils the challenges faced by Dalit children in accessing quality education and the inadequacies in enforcing existing laws against witchcraft accusations and related atrocities. The necessity for comprehensive education, sensitization of authorities, and the formulation of stringent laws to protect the dignity of Dalit women is underscored throughout the interaction. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:56 3/3/24
15 Minutes on Witch-Hunts in India with Neelesh Singh
In this episode of Witch Hunt, hosts Josh Hutchinson and Sarah Jack explore the troubling issue of gender-based violence in India, including witch hunts, with expert Neelesh Singh from India's National Rural Livelihood Mission. Singh focuses on gender issues and social inclusion, discussing the prevalent issues of witch hunting. Singh emphasizes the importance of collective action by women's collectives, sensitizing them to these issues and empowering them to support their fellow members. A case of witch-branding is discussed, portraying the real-life horrors these women face and detailing how theatre training and ongoing involvement can help them heal and raise awareness in their communities. The episode concludes with the positive impact of a public display of support for a victimized woman, which led to a significant signature campaign prompting the local chief minister to issue a stand against witch-branding and -hunting in the state. 00:00 Introduction and Guest Presentation 00:58 Understanding Gender-Based Violence in India 02:14 The Role of Women Collectives in Tackling Gender-Based Violence 03:39 Real-Life Stories of Witch-Branding and Collective Action 07:31 The Power of Theater in Healing and Awareness 11:13 Collective Action and Public Support Against Witch-Branding 13:35 The Impact of Collective Action and Future Strategies 14:37 Conclusion and Farewell --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:42 3/1/24
A Voice Against Injustice: Neelesh Singh on Witch Hunts in India
In this episode of Witch Hunt, we dive into an enlightening conversation with Neelesh Singh, a champion for social inclusion and gender equality with India's National Rural Livelihood Mission. Neelesh emphasizes the urgent imperative to confront and mitigate gender-based violence at every stage of life, highlighting the importance of comprehensive strategies that protect and empower individuals from infancy through to old age.From combating infanticide to empowering widow survivors of witchcraft allegations, Neelesh's work spans a broad spectrum of initiatives aimed at fostering resilience, healing, and collective empowerment among women in rural India. Learn about therapeutic approaches including art therapy for expression and healing, the formation of women's collectives to combat domestic violence, and the development of strategies for prevention, risk mitigation, and redressal of gender-based violence. Neelesh also discusses the importance of survivor networks in influencing policy and media, underscoring the critical role of the state in acknowledging and combating these practices. Join us for a profound discussion on the journey towards gender equity and the end of witch hunts for alleged witches in India. Witch Hunts in Ghana & India by John Azumah & Neelesh Singh 10.13.21 Streethttps://youtu.be/gjqaLyt5d6w?si=94JqfPJQYMM1b6ys Play on Witch Hunting by I-CARD Film: Testimony of Ana End Witch Hunts Stop Witchcraft Accusations and Trial by Ordeal in Guinea Bissau by Leo Igwe Why Witch Hunts are not just a Dark Chapter from the Past The International Network against Accusations of Witchcraft and Associated Harmful Practices Grassroots organizations working with The International Network International Alliance to End Witch Hunts --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
45:40 2/28/24
15-Minute Guide to Service Magic with Tabitha Stanmore
"Witch Hunt" podcast's new episode features Dr. Tabitha Stanmore discussing service magic in 14th to 17th century Great Britain. Dr. Stanmore explores healing practices, divination techniques, and distinctions between service magicians and witches. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:58 2/25/24
Mental Health in Ghana's Witch Camps in 15 Minutes
Learn about efforts to care for the mental health of hundreds of Ghanaians who have been accused of witchcraft and forced to flee their communities to the relative safety of so-called 'witch camps.' Peter Mintir Amadu of Total Life Enhancement Center Ghana (TOLEC) tells us how the center has been involved in doing psychological assessments and providing therapy for these vulnerable victims. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:37 2/23/24
Caring for the Mental Health of Women in Ghana's Witch Camps with Peter Mintir Amadu
We expand our advocacy discussion on modern day witch hunts and human rights abuses associated with accusations related to witchcraft to Ghana. Guest Peter Mintir Amadu is the Executive Director of the Total Life Enhancement Center (TOLEC) Ghana, a non-profit organization dedicated to community mental health advocacy and support. Amadu discusses TOLEC's immersive and strategic engagement with witch hunt survivors, including psychological assessments and group and individual therapies to address trauma. Despite the challenges of severly scarce resources and logistical difficulties, TOLEC aims to bolster specialized support in ongoing efforts. This episode of ‘Witch Hunt’ underscores the necessity of increased intersectional cooperation, funding, and international awareness to tackle the global phenomenon of witch hunts.  Recommended Reading United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 47/8. Elimination of harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks   Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Study on the situation of the violations and abuses of human rights rooted in harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks, as well as stigmatization Websites of Note Total Life Enhancement Center, Ghana The Sanneh Institute: Research, Religious, Society Songtaba.org  Securing Basic Rights for Women and Girls Women's International League for Peace and Freedom  Action Aid Ghana Legal Resource Centre Ghana Amnesty International, Ghana End Witch Hunts Why Witch Hunts are not just a Dark Chapter from the Past The International Network against Accusations of Witchcraft and Associated Harmful Practices Grassroots organizations working with The International Network International Alliance to End Witch Hunts --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
51:36 2/21/24
15-Minute Intro to Massachusetts Witch Trials, the Case of Elizabeth Morse
Learn about the Massachusetts Witch Trials. In this 15-minute (okay, just under 14-minute) episode, we cover the intriguing case of Elizabeth Morse of Newbury, Massachusetts who was convicted of witchcraft but not executed. Why was she allowed to live under house arrest? Questions arose over evidentiary standards. Why weren't these standards in use in 1692 and 1693 during the Salem Witch Trials? Petition to Exonerate Elizabeth Morse and other Massachusetts Witch Trial victims Full episode - The Astrologer, the Witch, and the Poltergeist: Massachusetts Witch Trials 101 Part 3 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
13:58 2/20/24
15-Minute Intro to New Hampshire Witch Trials
We've taken our episode on New Hampshire Witch Trials and shrunken it down to 15 quick minutes for people on the go to listen to when they can. Join us as we look into the lesser-known witch trials and local lore of northern New England with Dr. Tricia Peone. Our engaging discussion highlights the story of Eunice Cole and brings to light the history of witchcraft accusations in New Hampshire from the earliest case in 1648 to a significant incident in the 1790s. Dr. Peone provides deep local insights, revealing the complexities beneath the surface. #NewHampshireWitchTrials #Witchcraft #Witchtrials #witchhunt #NewHampshire #NH --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
14:56 2/17/24
Witchcraft in the Granite State: Unveiling New Hampshire's Witch Trials with Tricia Peone
This week on Witch Hunt, we delve into lesser-known witch trials and local lore with Dr. Tricia Peone, Project Director at the Congregational Library & Archives. Our engaging discussion highlights the stories of individuals like Eunice Cole and Jane Walford, bringing to light the history of witchcraft accusations in New Hampshire from the earliest case in 1648 to a significant incident in the 1790s. You will discover how the local community's efforts to revitalize the reputation of Eunice immortalized her in the public consciousness of Hampton, NH. Dr. Peone provides deep local insights, revealing the complexities beneath the surface. After listening to today’s episode, you might find yourself inspired to explore Eunice Cole's history firsthand. Massachusetts Witch Hunt Justice Project Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project Witch Hunt Tricia Peone,  Project Director, New England's Hidden Histories Massachusetts Witchcraft Trials 101 Part 1: 1648-1656 #witchhunt --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/witchhunt/support
52:38 2/14/24

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