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Secret Societies and American Democracy with Colin Dickey

Secret Societies and American Democracy with Colin Dickey

From the Salem Witch Trials, to Freemasonry, to the Satanic Panic, the Illuminati, and QAnon, today's guest breaks down this cycle in history and explains why people of all walks of life subscribe to conspiracy theories, and what can be done to break the cycle. Sharon is joined by cultural historian and author Colin Dickey, to discuss America’s fascination with conspiracies, and fear of secret societies. In his new book, Under the Eye of Power, Colin walks through the history of how paranoia is woven into the very fabric of The United States from its inception, and how conspiratorial thinking and even the most irrational beliefs reach the mainstream.

Special thanks to our guest, Colin Dickey, for joining us today.

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  • Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
  • Production Coordinator: Andrea Champoux

Guest

Guest

Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places; The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained, and, most recently, Under the Eye of Power: How Fear of Secret Societies Shapes American Democracy.