Episode 8 – To Hell and Back




What is our fascination with those dark places in myth and psyche? We explore the roads to the Underworld with a medieval historian, and then examine the way that battling demons and darkness in video games can help us face our own inner hellscapes. 


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Download: Episode 8 – To Hell and Back



My guests for this episode were:

  • Dr. Alan Bernstein, emeritus professor of Medieval History in the Colleges of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. You can find his books The Formation of Hell and Hell and Its Rivals through most major book outlets.
  • Dr. Aimee Daramus, a licensed clinical psychologist and a professor at Harold Washington College in Chicago. We encourage you to read her article, “Video Games Can be Used as Therapy, Here’s How,” at PsyReg.

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Music & Art

All music for this episode is licensed through AudioSocket


  • “Winter Skies,” by Shirley Cason

  • “Untitled,” by Spirit of Spain

  • “Posta Chiusa – La Stanza,” by Francesco di Fiore

  • “Prayer from Lemuria,” by Paul Summerlin

  • “Sunrise Day 2,” and “Sunrise Day 3,” by Shirley Cason

Images: “Rodin’s Gates of Hell,” by Cory Thomas Hutcheson (CC.2.0) and “Mushrooms” via Pixabay.

Produced by New World Witchery. Copyright 2017-21. Share-and-share-alike Creative Commons license.

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