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Unobscured

Rank #18 in History category

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History
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History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews. Season One: The Salem Witch Trials

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History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews. Season One: The Salem Witch Trials

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Great history of Salem Witch Trials

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This is a great history of the Salem witch trials. For an event with so many different people involved - this recounts the whole story in a digestible way. Highly recommend.

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By Tonks Kittygoth - Feb 15 2019
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Arron’s shows are always fun! And Hi!!!

iTunes Ratings

4294 Ratings
Average Ratings
3639
342
140
82
91

Great history of Salem Witch Trials

By waresuns26 - Feb 17 2019
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This is a great history of the Salem witch trials. For an event with so many different people involved - this recounts the whole story in a digestible way. Highly recommend.

Arron can do no wrong

By Tonks Kittygoth - Feb 15 2019
Read more

Arron’s shows are always fun! And Hi!!!

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Unobscured

Rank #18 in History category

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History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews. Season One: The Salem Witch Trials

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Rank #1: Unobscured RSS

Jul 09 2018
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Unobscured RSS

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Rank #2: Unobscured - Season 1 - Trailer

Sep 26 2018
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History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, the creator the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews.Season One: The Salem Witch Trials

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Rank #3: 01 | The Arrival

Oct 03 2018
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The stage is set, the characters are introduced, and the spell is cast. Welcome to Salem Village, home to a diverse and complicated gathering of families and personalities. It is a pile of dry kindling, and the match is about to be struck.

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Rank #4: 02 | The Outsiders

Oct 10 2018
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Even though Salem had been without an official charter from England for almost a decade, there was no question that witchcraft was still a crime. The only question left was how to handle them, and the answer would involve pitting a group of outsiders against a few powerful insiders. 

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Rank #5: 03 | By the Book

Oct 17 2018
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As the first suspects are rounded up and questioned by the biased and partisan officials, their confessions unleash more trouble than relief. And as the number of witches multiplies, so too does the number of accusers. In an increasingly uncertain time, the Village leans on its faith.

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Rank #6: 04 | The Refugees

Oct 24 2018
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While the events of the Salem witch trials began within the borders of the Salem village community, many of the forces that drove it forward were external. As we're about to see, Salem was full of more than stories about witchcraft—and those external threats were about to come home.

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Rank #7: 05 | A Higher Power

Oct 31 2018
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Some people saw the growing witch panic in Salem as a threat to their lives, and they tried to run and hide. Others saw an opportunity for profit and advancement. Through it all, though, the fire would continue to burn, and unlikely individuals would be caught up in the blaze.

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Rank #8: 06 | Consequences

Nov 07 2018
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Until now, the daily flood of examinations had been a temporary fix while everyone waited for the new government to set up an official trial. For many, that trial would represent hope and conclusion. For some, however, it would extract a heavy, deadly price.

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Rank #9: 07 | She Is One Of Us

Nov 14 2018
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It's easy for a community to turn on the outsiders among them. The Salem witch trials had become a textbook example of this over the first few months. But in July of 1692, all of that changed. As the Court of Oyer and Terminer rolled full speed ahead, it seems anyone could be a witch.

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Rank #10: 08 | King and Queen

Nov 21 2018
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As the trials continued to roll forward in Salem, crushing more and more lives beneath its wheels, the panic began to spread outside its borders. In the community of Andover, those old fears found a new home—and the results would defy all expectations.

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Rank #11: 09 | Fight or Flight

Nov 28 2018
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The witchcraft panic had been gathering victims for months by the time George Burroughs was hanged, and many of them were still in jail. With nothing but torture and certain death awaiting them at the end of their imprisonment, many of the accused in Salem began to plot a more hopeful conclusion to their story.

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Rank #12: 10 | Pen and Paper

Dec 05 2018
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Between the examinations and the hangings, it was easy to see the witch trials as a battle fought inside the courtroom. But outside, word was spreading about the injustice of it all, and so the fight was taken to a brand new arena—one that would do far more to change minds than any hanging or spectral testimony.

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Rank #13: 11 | Floundering

Dec 12 2018
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With the Court of Oyer and Terminer officially disbanded, the fog of uncertainly rolled into Salem. What would happen to those still in jail? When would a new trial session begin? And most importantly, who would grab the wheel of power and steer Salem to victory over darkness?

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Rank #14: 12 | Making Amends

Dec 19 2018
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How does a community recover from a tragedy that claims over two dozen lives? How do they even begin to pick up the pieces and make things right again? And when it's all said and done, what can the rest of the world learn from the 300-year old mistakes of colonial New England village? The answers aren't as easy as they might appear.

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Rank #15: 13 | INTERVIEW 1: Emerson Baker

Jan 02 2019
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Our interview with Emerson Baker, interim dean and history professor at Salem State University and author of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. 

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Rank #16: 14 | INTERVIEW 2: Mary Beth Norton

Jan 09 2019
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Our interview with Mary Beth Norton, professor of American history at Cornell University and author of In the Devil’s Snare.

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Rank #17: 15 | INTERVIEW 3: Richard Trask

Jan 16 2019
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Our interview with Richard B. Trask who has served as Archivist for the Town of Danvers, Massachusetts (old Salem Village) since 1972.

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Rank #18: 16 | INTERVIEW 4: Marilynne K. Roach

Jan 24 2019
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Our interview with Marilynne K. Roach, author of "Six Women of Salem" and "The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege."

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Rank #19: 17 | INTERVIEW 5: Jane Kamensky

Jan 30 2019
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Our interview with Jane Kamensky, professor of American history at Harvard University and author of Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England. 

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Rank #20: 18 | INTERVIEW 6: Stacy Schiff

Feb 06 2019
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Our interview with the Pulitzer prize winning author Stacy Schiff whose 2015 book The Witches was a source for this series. 

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Rank #1: Unobscured RSS

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Unobscured RSS

Jul 09 2018
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Rank #2: Unobscured - Season 1 - Trailer

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History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, the creator the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews.Season One: The Salem Witch Trials

Sep 26 2018
2 mins
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Rank #3: 01 | The Arrival

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The stage is set, the characters are introduced, and the spell is cast. Welcome to Salem Village, home to a diverse and complicated gathering of families and personalities. It is a pile of dry kindling, and the match is about to be struck.

Oct 03 2018
41 mins
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Rank #4: 02 | The Outsiders

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Even though Salem had been without an official charter from England for almost a decade, there was no question that witchcraft was still a crime. The only question left was how to handle them, and the answer would involve pitting a group of outsiders against a few powerful insiders. 

Oct 10 2018
44 mins
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Rank #5: 03 | By the Book

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As the first suspects are rounded up and questioned by the biased and partisan officials, their confessions unleash more trouble than relief. And as the number of witches multiplies, so too does the number of accusers. In an increasingly uncertain time, the Village leans on its faith.

Oct 17 2018
48 mins
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Rank #6: 04 | The Refugees

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While the events of the Salem witch trials began within the borders of the Salem village community, many of the forces that drove it forward were external. As we're about to see, Salem was full of more than stories about witchcraft—and those external threats were about to come home.

Oct 24 2018
34 mins
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Rank #7: 05 | A Higher Power

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Some people saw the growing witch panic in Salem as a threat to their lives, and they tried to run and hide. Others saw an opportunity for profit and advancement. Through it all, though, the fire would continue to burn, and unlikely individuals would be caught up in the blaze.

Oct 31 2018
42 mins
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Rank #8: 06 | Consequences

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Until now, the daily flood of examinations had been a temporary fix while everyone waited for the new government to set up an official trial. For many, that trial would represent hope and conclusion. For some, however, it would extract a heavy, deadly price.

Nov 07 2018
41 mins
Play Now

Rank #9: 07 | She Is One Of Us

Podcast cover
Read more

It's easy for a community to turn on the outsiders among them. The Salem witch trials had become a textbook example of this over the first few months. But in July of 1692, all of that changed. As the Court of Oyer and Terminer rolled full speed ahead, it seems anyone could be a witch.

Nov 14 2018
38 mins
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Rank #10: 08 | King and Queen

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As the trials continued to roll forward in Salem, crushing more and more lives beneath its wheels, the panic began to spread outside its borders. In the community of Andover, those old fears found a new home—and the results would defy all expectations.

Nov 21 2018
51 mins
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Rank #11: 09 | Fight or Flight

Podcast cover
Read more

The witchcraft panic had been gathering victims for months by the time George Burroughs was hanged, and many of them were still in jail. With nothing but torture and certain death awaiting them at the end of their imprisonment, many of the accused in Salem began to plot a more hopeful conclusion to their story.

Nov 28 2018
47 mins
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Rank #12: 10 | Pen and Paper

Podcast cover
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Between the examinations and the hangings, it was easy to see the witch trials as a battle fought inside the courtroom. But outside, word was spreading about the injustice of it all, and so the fight was taken to a brand new arena—one that would do far more to change minds than any hanging or spectral testimony.

Dec 05 2018
44 mins
Play Now

Rank #13: 11 | Floundering

Podcast cover
Read more

With the Court of Oyer and Terminer officially disbanded, the fog of uncertainly rolled into Salem. What would happen to those still in jail? When would a new trial session begin? And most importantly, who would grab the wheel of power and steer Salem to victory over darkness?

Dec 12 2018
50 mins
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Rank #14: 12 | Making Amends

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How does a community recover from a tragedy that claims over two dozen lives? How do they even begin to pick up the pieces and make things right again? And when it's all said and done, what can the rest of the world learn from the 300-year old mistakes of colonial New England village? The answers aren't as easy as they might appear.

Dec 19 2018
55 mins
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Rank #15: 13 | INTERVIEW 1: Emerson Baker

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Our interview with Emerson Baker, interim dean and history professor at Salem State University and author of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. 

Jan 02 2019
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #16: 14 | INTERVIEW 2: Mary Beth Norton

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Our interview with Mary Beth Norton, professor of American history at Cornell University and author of In the Devil’s Snare.

Jan 09 2019
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #17: 15 | INTERVIEW 3: Richard Trask

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Our interview with Richard B. Trask who has served as Archivist for the Town of Danvers, Massachusetts (old Salem Village) since 1972.

Jan 16 2019
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #18: 16 | INTERVIEW 4: Marilynne K. Roach

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Our interview with Marilynne K. Roach, author of "Six Women of Salem" and "The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege."

Jan 24 2019
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #19: 17 | INTERVIEW 5: Jane Kamensky

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Our interview with Jane Kamensky, professor of American history at Harvard University and author of Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England. 

Jan 30 2019
53 mins
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Rank #20: 18 | INTERVIEW 6: Stacy Schiff

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Our interview with the Pulitzer prize winning author Stacy Schiff whose 2015 book The Witches was a source for this series. 

Feb 06 2019
53 mins
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