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Know Thyself History Podcast

Jul 17, 2019

The 1640s were a brutal time in England, with the breakdown of many state governmental functions during the English Civil War.  It was a time of chaos, and the perfect opportunity for the one-man murrain known as Matthew Hopkins to begin accusing, swimming, pricking, and torturing hapless victims as witches. In 3 short...


Jun 25, 2019

For this episode I call an audible based on information I came across researching other topics.

From 1581 to 1593 the city and surrounding villages of Trier, Germany were the scene of the greatest, worst, deadliest witch trials in European history.

Powerful and weak, old and young, rich and poor became fuel for the...


Jun 5, 2019

Beth Caruso, author of "One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America's First Witch Hanging" tells us the stories of Alse Young and Lydia Gilbert, two of the first known victims of Witch Mania in The Colonies.

Alse was hung 45 years before the more famous Salem witch fiasco, an event recorded in one line in the governor's...


May 23, 2019

Today we stare into the hooked nose of a most troubling historical evidence of our capacity for hysteria: the witch craze.

How did witches go from being village wise women and cunning folk to enemy number one, a mortal threat to God and good Christians everywhere? How did burning old men and women for fun and profit...


May 14, 2019

Today we introduce our series on Mob Madness and Mass Delusions.

I speak to Rob Henderson, PhD student in psychology and Gates scholar studying moral psychology (not his own) at Cambridge University.

Topics include the physical pain of social ostracism, herd mentality, moral foundations theory, whether members of...