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Author Spotlights Connecticut's History Of Witch Hangings

Massachusetts has long been a focal point in the history of early New England witch trials. But Connecticut also has a place on this dark historical timeline: as the site of the nation's first witch hanging. This hour, author Beth Caruso joins us to shine light this little-known piece of Connecticut's past, and talk about how it inspired her novel One of Windsor.

Later, Connecticut Public Radio’s Patrick Skahill tells us how a disease known as white-nose syndrome has impacted the state’s bats. Patrick recently traveled to Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine in Connecticut to report on a bat survey. We find out what he learned, and we also hear from you. 

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  • Beth Caruso - Connecticut resident and author; her books include One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging and The Salty Rose: Alchemists, Witches & A Tapper In New Amsterdam (@oneofwindsor)
  • Patrick Skahill - Science and environment reporter for Connecticut Public Radio (@ptskahill)

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
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