Episode 223 LIVE: The Witchcraft Trial of Margaret Mattson

On today’s spellbinding installment, Tom and Jenny are discussing an interesting and not-very-well-known witchcraft trial from the 17th century. Swedish immigrant Margaret Mattson, suspected of cursing the neighbors’ livestock, was brought before a judge and jury in what was the state of Pennsylvania’s only official witchcraft trial, and one that took place nearly a decade before the much more famous events in Salem. Presided over by state founder and Quaker William Penn, the trial was notable for its outcome, which was quite different than the tragic results of later trials. Hop onto your broomsticks and get ready for the magical journey into colonial American history that is episode 223.

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Episode One-Hundred-Five: The Salem Witch Trials, Wandering Wombs, and Clever Corvids

Tom and Jenny return to the American history well on this week’s installment, covering one of the darkest chapters of the colonial era: the Salem witch trials. During a brief, fifteen-month period in the 1690s, numerous people were accused and twenty were executed for witchcraft in and around Salem, Massachusetts. Why did it happen? Was it simply a case of mass hysteria, fueled by jealousy and religious hatred? Or was there some medical cause for the bizarre paroxysm? Listen in as we break down the event, as well as spend entirely too much time yapping about wandering wombs and really smart birds. Heat up the cauldron and ready the eye of newt, because episode 105 is about to cast its spell.

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Clip at the beginning taken from the 1996 film The Crucible.
Song at the end: “Witch Hunt” by MDFMK.

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Episode Two: Satanic Panic!

In the 1980s, the moral scolds of America were suddenly whipped into a frenzy, convinced that everything from Dungeons and Dragons to heavy metal music to Saturday morning cartoons were irrefutable proof that an organized cabal of Satanists was roaming the land, kidnapping and molesting children, sacrificing puppies, and eating juicy babies with a side of devilled eggs. On this episode, Tom and Jenny break down (and make fun of) the tragicomic period of recent history known as the Satanic Panic.