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Start­ing with the witch scene from Shake­speare’s Mac­beth, this pro­gram illu­mi­nates how in dif­fer­ent eras, and among dif­fer­ent class­es in West­ern Europe and North Amer­i­ca, who was con­sid­ered a witch, what was believed or dis­be­lieved about them, and how they were treat­ed — whether tor­tured, despised, or admired — have all gone through remark­able trans­for­ma­tions over time. Pri­ma­ry speak­ers: Dr Diane Purkiss, witch­craft his­to­ri­an, Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty; and Anne Laveau, trans Dutch mag­i­cal work­er. Oth­er cred­its: Pro­duced by Mindy Ran; Series Pro­duc­er, Frie­da Wer­den. Shake­speare’s 3 witch­es per­formed by David Swatling, Jon­bathan Grou­bert and Howard Shan­non; Yeats and Bradley-Zim­mer read­ings by Bertine Krol, Lies­beth de Bakker, and Ann Blair Gould. Por­tions of this pro­gramme were pre­vi­ous­ly broad­cast on Radio Nether­lands World­wide, Vox Humana series, and reused with permission.