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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
||11 | Floundering||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?||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||10 | Pen and Paper||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.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||09 | Fight or Flight||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.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||08 | King and Queen||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.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||07 | She Is One Of Us||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.||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||06 | Consequences||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.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||05 | A Higher Power||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.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||04 | The Refugees||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.||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||03 | By the Book||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.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||02 | The Outsiders||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.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||01 | The Arrival||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.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Unobscured - Season 1 - Trailer||Season One: The Salem Witch Trials||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Ignore the moronic reviews on here
If you like thought provoking deep-dives in to history, this is your podcast. I had thought I was well-versed on the Salem witch trials, but as soon as I began this podcast, I realized I was very ignorant on the subject
There is much more to the story, many family rivalries, poltics, and fights over land involved in the trials than I could have predicted. The religious fanatics were certainly a major factor, but they were mainly the tool wielded by those with ulterior motives
I have no idea what all of the negative reivews are about, but I could venture to guess: The podcast defintley requires critical thinking and the ability to process information that requires some intellect. It's not for everyone, or even within everyone's capabilities. A lot of the negative reviewers on here probably should just stick to listening to Joe Rogan and watching Dog the Bounty Hunter.
Love it along with his other 2 podcasts
Hi! I know how you love it when we say hi. Very well researched and historically accurate. Love the music for this as well as lore. Every single time an episode ends I can’t wait for the next one. I only have 6 podcasts I listen to . 3 are Aaron mahnkes. Unobscured is only second to Joe Rogan! Definitely my favorite of the 3. But I love all 3!
Great start... later episodes drag
I was fully on board, even recommended this show. The first few episodes are great. Explaining how the trials were started and eventually became widespread and complicated. However around episode 6 or so it feels like the same show over and over. Constantly introducing new people referencing people barely mentioned in early shows, leaving me to mostly focus on Aaron’s unique cadence, and constant metaphors and puns. Lore and cabinet of curiosity are much better and I still recommend these shows.