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“Head Witch in Charge”

This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco dive into the Katie Hill mess and our bleak future of revenge porn as oppo research. Then, Julissa Arce, Akilah Hughes, and Megan Gailey join in studio for a discussion on witches. And finally, as always, the hills we’ll die on.

Show Notes:

I put a spell on you, and now you’ll read this:

A Brief History of Witch Hunts, Real and Imagined (Mother Jones 2017)
https://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/10/a-brief-history-of-witch-hunts-real-and-imagined/

Witches Are Having Their Hour (NYT, 2019)
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/style/pam-grossman-witch-feminism.html

Modern Witch Trials

Witches of Chiloe (Compass Cultural, 2015)
https://compasscultura.com/witches-chiloe-chile/

They Burn Witches Here (Huffpost, 2015)
https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/they-burn-witches-here/

Contemporary Resurgence

The Young Brujas Reclaiming the Power of their Ancestors (Vice, 2018)
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvwe3x/the-young-brujas-reclaiming-the-power-of-their-ancestors

The Witches of Baltimore (a “digital coven”) (Atlantic, 2018)
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/11/black-millennials-african-witchcraft-christianity/574393/

Obeah: Resurgence of Jamaican ‘Voodoo’ (BBC, 2013)
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-23166213

Black Magic: Hoodoo Witches Speak Out on the Appropriation of Their Craft (Vice, 2015)
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qkg93m/black-magic-talking-with-hoodoo-witches

Dia de los Muertos gets the American holiday treatment: Commercialization (LA Times, 2017) https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-agenda-retail-muertos-20171030-story.html
Literal thesis on “Cultural Appropriation in Contemporary Neopaganism and Witchcraft” (U. of Maine, 2017)
https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1303&context=honors

Native Americans to J.K. Rowling: We’re Not Magical (National Geographic, 2016)
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/03/160311-history-of-magic-in-north-america-jk-rowling-native-american-stereotypes/#close