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Saints & Witches

Saints & Witches

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Join Sarah (a Catholic) and Liz (a pagan witch) as they learn more about each other's practices by telling each other stories about (you guessed it) saints and witches.
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Episode 26: Spiteful Sluts
Welcome to Wales (wherever that is)! In this episode, we discuss the very first recorded witchcraft trial in Wales, that of Gwen ferch Ellis. Then, we hop back in time to explore the story of St. David, prophet and patron saint of Wales. Enjoying the podcast? Please take a moment to rate/review/subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:33:37
March 4, 2021
Episode 25: Your Honor, She's Just a Scorpio
For our SILVER episode, we return to medieval Germany to discuss the lives of two widows ostracized by their communities. We talk about St. Elizabeth of Hungary, an ascetic princess and the patron saint of the Third Order of St. Francis. Then, we discuss the witchcraft accusations against Katharina Kepler, mother of renowned astronomer and mathematician (math magician?) Johannes Kepler.  Enjoying the podcast? Please take a second to rate/review/subscribe! We'd love to hear from you. Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:42:05
February 18, 2021
Episode 24: That's His Eager Face
Liz is *sick* of Europe, so we're heading to America this week-- specifically, 19th century Tennessee! We discuss the Bell Witch, a mysterious entity which haunted a rural family in Robertson County. Then, we cover the Chattanooga pastor and Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan and his role in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878.  Enjoying the podcast? Please take a second to rate/review/subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:49:15
February 4, 2021
Episode 23: Believe It or Not, Jail
Welcome to The Bible, Part Two! Today we discuss one of the major figures in the New Testament, St. John the Baptist. We also pick up where we left off in the Old Testament and discuss Samuel, Saul, and the Witch of Endor. Beheadings, ventriloquism, and the dangers of female seduction await.  Enjoying the podcast? Please take a moment to rate/review/subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:37:22
January 21, 2021
Episode 22: Osmosis Jesus
We’re taking it WAY back this week— all the way back to the Bible, in fact! We discuss magic, myth, and misinformation (and misogyny!) as we explore the Exodus story and the life and legacy of St. Mary Magdalene.  Enjoying the podcast? Please take a moment to rate/review/subscribe! We’d love to hear from you. Here’s how to get in touch with us.  Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:34:33
January 7, 2021
Episode 21: XOXO, Caesar
Today we take a closer look at the early medieval region of Gaul as we discuss the nomadic tribes that would later make up the peoples and cultures of Europe as we know it today. In particular, we look at the first Christian Frankish king Clovis I and his wife St. Clotilde. We also discuss Julius Caesar's systematic domination of Gaul during the Gallic Wars, and the history and mythology surrounding druids and neo-druids.  Enjoying the podcast? Please take a second to rate/review/subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches Family tree of the Merovingian dynasty: https://www.familyecho.com/?p=START&c=txeij47s6l&f=552641287256699663
01:47:21
December 24, 2020
Episode 20: We Hate the Puritans
WE ARE IN THE SAME PLACE AGAIN! ...for one weekend. So of course we had to record an episode! And it's a big one: we finally get to the Salem Witch Trials! We also discuss the history of the Catholic Church in colonial America, specifically the founding of Maryland.  Enjoying the podcast? Please take a second to rate, review, and/or subscribe! We'd love to hear from you. Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:39:06
December 10, 2020
Episode 19: Goddamn it, White People!
Ah, Thanksgiving. Turkey, green bean casserole, and...genocide. In this episode, we focus on Native Americans and the effects of the colonization of North America by European settlers throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. In particular, we discuss the life and legacy of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized, and Leatherlips of the Wyandot, a Native American leader executed for witchcraft by his own people. Enjoying the podcast? Please take a second to rate/review/subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:35:35
November 26, 2020
Episode 18: Never Underestimate an Ingegerd
Denmark, you have stolen our hearts. You've got Vikings, you've got princesses, you've got Devil's pacts, you’re surprisingly woke?? Today we discuss the final sorcery-based lynchings in Denmark, including the trials and executions of Anne Palles and Johan Pistorius. We also discuss the reign of St. Canute IV and the definitive end of the Viking Age in Denmark. Enjoying the podcast? Please take a second and give us a rating/review! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:19:00
November 12, 2020
Episode 17: Naughty Souls Go Back to the Flesh Prison
There are a lot of naughty souls and a lot of flesh prisons in this episode. We finally discuss Joan of Arc, then take a deep dive into heresy of all shapes and sizes in medieval France and elsewhere.  If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate/review/subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:50:02
October 29, 2020
Episode 16: A Baby Is Not a Juice Box
Rule #1 of midwifery: a baby is NOT a juice box. Today we take a deep dive into midwifery and childbirth rituals in the Middle Ages, and we discuss St. Margaret of Antioch and the 16th-century German midwife, Walpurga Hausmännin, who was accused of witchcraft, vampirism, and child murder.  Link to Sarah's crime novel, which came out on the 13th: https://www.amazon.com/Saint-Catastrophe-Sarah-Jilek-ebook/dp/B08KTSLK1K/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=saint+catastrophe&qid=1602735257&sr=8-1 Please leave us a rating/review! Here's how to get in touch: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:31:17
October 15, 2020
Episode 15: Daddy Was A Big Deal
It's ABOUT TIME we got to this topic! This week, we're discussing the martyr Sir Thomas More and Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and one of the wives of Henry VIII. Heads will literally roll.  If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate/review/subscribe! We'd love to hear from you. Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches 
01:56:02
October 1, 2020
Episode 14: Synthesize & Bastardize
Synthesize and bastardize: our middle names! Welcome to Episode 14, in which we tackle a big theme for Catholics and witches alike: prophecy! Liz discusses the prophecies and legends of Mother Shipton, and Sarah tells the story of St. Malachy and the Prophecy of the Popes.
01:34:34
September 17, 2020
Episode 13: A Literal Dick Move
It's time for the spooky spooky episode! We all know spooky season starts in September, so this week we're discussing werewolves. We'll talk about the dog-headed martyr St. Christopher as well as Peter Stumpf, the 16th century serial killer known as the Werewolf of Bedburg! The Monster Professor episode on werewolves: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-monster-professor/e/56272883 If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate/review/subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
02:00:06
September 3, 2020
Episode 12: Notoriously Bitchy
Welcome back to Britain! This week it's all about alchemy as we discuss occultists John Dee and Edward Kelley, as well as the 10th century Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Dunstan.  If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate/review/subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:40:56
August 20, 2020
Episode 11: Thanks a Lot, Pope John Paul's Bladder!
We've got a bone to pick this week, and it's right there in the title. We're in Poland discussing Karol Wojtyła (better known as St. Pope John Paul II the Great) and the folklore and magic of Poland, including the trial of Barbara Zdunk, who was accused of burning down the town of Rößel in 1806. That's the 19th century! What the heck, Poland??  Remember to leave us a rating/review, and don't forget to check out the magical Instagram pic of JPII in his short shorts. You'll thank us later.
01:37:34
August 6, 2020
Episode 10: Might Be a Turtle, Might Be a Vagina
Welcome to Germany, the home of freelance gravediggers and uncomfortable Rorschach tests! In this episode, we cover the trial and execution of the Pappenheimer family. Then, we discuss the life and legacy of St. Hildegard of Bingen, the Sibyl of the Rhine. Grab a breakfast beer and light your Hand of Glory, because it's about to get strange. Also, make sure to check out Episode 4 of A Knight of Another Sort, which is available to listen today from Blanket Fort Radio Theater! https://news.wsiu.org/programs/blanket-fort-radio-theater#stream/0 If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate/review/subscribe. We'd love to hear from you! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:26:19
July 23, 2020
Episode 9: The Penis Nest is an Illusion
Grab the biggest penis out of the nest, because it's time for another episode of Saints & Witches! A listener request takes us to Belgium, where we discuss the strange and tragic tale of St. Dymphna and the history of the Spa Witch Trial and of witchcraft in the Low Countries, including a deep dive into the Malleus Maleficarum.  We're also thrilled to announce a new podcast that both of us helped produce, edit and voice act! From the SIUC Creative Writing Department, SIU Press, and WSIU comes Blanket Fort Radio Theater, a series of audiobooks with a distinct SIU sound. The first of these audiobooks is a serialized adaptation of Gary DeNeal's A Knight of Another Sort: Prohibition Days and Charlie Birger, which tells the story of Southern Illinois' most famous outlaw. You can find the podcast on NPR One, the WSIU Podcast page, Spotify, and iTunes, or by following this link: http://siupress.com/blanket-fort If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate, review, and/or subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:27:55
July 9, 2020
Episode 8: Scotland, Are You Okay?
Scotland has absolutely zero chill, as we see in this episode. A request by a listener leads us to Scotland, where we discuss several Great Scottish Witch Trials (and the remarkable 17th century testimony of Isobel Gowdie) and St. Columba, a patron saint of Scotland and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Get ready for fairies, the Loch Ness Monster, and the devil’s penis. If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate and/or review us! We'd love to hear from you. Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches Thanks for listening!
01:15:56
June 25, 2020
Episode 7: Yay! Flagellation!
It's time for everyone's favorite moment in history: the Spanish Inquisition! This week we cover the life of St. Teresa of Avila and the Basque Witch Trials. Spells, seizures, and strongly-worded letters abound. If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate and/or review us! We'd love to hear from you. Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches Thanks for listening!
01:34:37
June 11, 2020
A Short Statement From S&W
Hi, everyone! Because S&W is recorded in advance and only releases every other week, we often don't get to comment on current events. However, we wanted to take just a couple minutes to discuss the events unfolding in the United States (and all over the world). In addition to our Instagram post with donation information and book recommendations, here are a couple more educational resources to check out: 1. "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh: A great introductory read for those struggling with the concept of white privilege. https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf 2. Stylist's list of "Best podcasts about race in the UK & USA": https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/best-podcasts-about-racism-race-black-history/395541 3. Time Magazine's recommendations for books about race and racial injustice: https://time.com/5846732/books-to-read-about-anti-racism/ 4. Aljazeera's interactive map of US police killings of Black Americans: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/05/mapping-police-killings-black-americans-200531105741757.html 5. Rolling Stone's list of donation links: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/george-floyd-protests-bail-funds-police-brutality-black-lives-matter-1008259/ We see you. We stand with you. We will keep listening and learning. -Sarah & Liz
03:31
June 2, 2020
Episode 6: Semen Loopholes
In this episode, we return to France! Liz discusses the priest Urbain Grandier and the Loudun Possessions and witch trials, and Sarah tells the story of the life and martyrdom of St. Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit priest and missionary to New France. If you like the podcast, please take a moment to rate, review, and subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:30:34
May 28, 2020
Episode 5: Hunting for Youths
In this Egypt-themed episode, Sarah tells the story of St. Mary of Egypt, and Liz discusses the pagan philosopher, mathematician, and scholar Hypatia.  If you like the podcast, please take a second to rate, review, and subscribe! Here's how to get in touch with us: Email: saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @saintsandwitchespodcast Twitter: @saintsnwitches
01:05:15
May 14, 2020
Episode 4: Priest Holes
In this England-themed episode, Liz tells the story of the Pendle witches of Lancashire, and Sarah discusses the life and martyrdom of St. Margaret Clitherow, the Pearl of York. Follow @saintsandwitchespodcast on Instagram for relevant photos from this episode and all of our episodes! Tweet us @saintsnwitches! Email us at saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com with thoughts, suggestions, etc.!
01:32:58
April 30, 2020
Episode 3: The Hottest Bitch in Ireland
In this Ireland-themed episode, Sarah explores (exposes??) the myths and legends surrounding St. Patrick, and Liz  tells the story of Alice Kyteler and the first (and most famous!) witch trial in Ireland. 
01:42:33
April 16, 2020
Episode 2: Jesus' Foreskin
In this Italy-themed episode, Liz explores the controversial legend of Aradia, and Sarah tells the strange story of the life of the mystic St. Catherine of Siena. It's safe to say that things get weird. For relevant pictures from today's episode and all of our episodes, follow us on Instagram @saintsandwitchespodcast. For questions, suggestions, etc., email us at saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com.
01:18:50
April 2, 2020
Episode 1: Time-Traveling Nuns
Welcome to Episode 1 of Saints & Witches! In this French Revolution-themed episode, Sarah tells the heartbreaking story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, and Liz tells the story of La Voisin and the Affair of the Poisons.  **We are aware of the sound quality issues throughout the first half of this episode, and we apologize for the microphone malfunction. We promise that the issue has been fixed, and we hope that you'll continue listening!** Feel free to email us with thoughts/suggestions at saintsandwitchespodcast@gmail.com. Follow us on Instagram @saintsandwitchespodcast for relevant pictures from today's episode and all future episodes!
01:16:32
March 19, 2020
Episode 0: Trailer
Welcome to the trailer for a new podcast, Saints & Witches. Join Sarah (a Catholic) and Liz (a pagan witch) as they learn more about each other's practices by telling each other stories about (you guessed it) saints and witches. 
08:05
March 12, 2020