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Dead Air Halloween Special - 21st century Witches - 10.31.21
Episode 8 • 1h 48m
noun: a religious practice involving magic and affinity with nature, usually within a pagan tradition.
Nothing says "Halloween" like witchcraft. Eons old, yet tragically misunderstood. Tonight we visit with two women who will bring witchery into the 21st century and dispel many of the myths that surround it.
MELISSA ST. HILAIRE was born and raised in rural Massachusetts. She studied film at Boston College, fell in love in New York City, and moved to Los Angeles to chase her dreams. She wrote film and music reviews for The Heights Inc. Her poetry has appeared in the periodicals Shards, The Outer Fringe, and The Laughing Medusa. She co-authored several scripts for Tone-East Productions. She has written articles for Feminine Power Circle, Savvy Authors, SF Signal, and The Qwillery, among others. She has also appeared in the anthology books Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies and Folk Horror Revival: Corpse Roads. Her debut book was a memoir titled In The Now. She co-wrote the dark fantasy series, Saurimonde, and co-hosted the weird news podcast, Between The Sheets, both with Scarlett Amaris.
Psychic and witch to the Hollywood elite, psychic ability has run through RENEE WATT's family for multiple generations. Growing up, she heard stories of her great aunt “Cha Cha” who would gift her mother with trinkets and read tea leaves. Her grandma Irene read playing cards for her friends, but eventually stopped because her predictions were too accurate and she was frightened by her own talent. Her mother began experiencing visions and prophecies as a young girl, but was conditioned to ignore them, as her peers claimed she was communicating with the devil.
Throughout history, the women in her family and so many others had their brilliant gifts met with fear and scorn from society. Today, she is grateful to live in a time that’s more open minded about these empowering spiritual practices. By standing in her own power, with a lineage of strong psychics behind her, She is righting some of the wrongs her ancestors encountered when they attempted to work with their gifts. Her expertise has been featured in Cosmo, InStyle, Teen Vogue, Bustle, Girlboss, Vogue Global, and many other publications. Renee also hosts a weekly podcast called "The Glitter Cast" and cohosts the occult livestream “Betwixt The Shadows” .
SHEENA METAL is an American talk-show host, actress, and internet personality. She is the host of "The Sheena Metal Experience" on LATalkRadio.com, "aMusic Highway", "Music Highway", and "Haunted Playground". She was the host of "Two Chicks Talkin' Politics" (with Susan Olsen). Sheena Metal was named on Talkers Magazine's 2013 "Frontier Fifty" list of "Outstanding Talk Media Webcasters". She hosts regularly at the Hollywood Improv, where in 2014 she celebrated 20 years as a radio talk show host.
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