Hex In Effect: Why Witches Are Back : 1A "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." "Charmed." "Suspiria."

Halloween is a time for many of us to indulge in fantasy. But do these fictional witches point to the real ways our views of women are changing?

We put that question to our panel. Plus, hear from two guests about what it means to be a witch today.

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"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." "Charmed." "Suspiria."

Halloween is a time for many of us to indulge in fantasy. But do these fictional witches point to the real ways our views of women are changing?

From The Guardian:

[T]here is something different about TV's new coven. In Sabrina, Shipka doesn't spend much time crouched over a cauldron or on a broom; she is the embodiment of a new type of witch: young, woke, liberated and likely to cast spells that are socially conscious rather than caustic.

It's not just on TV where witches are working their magic. The witch is an Instagram mambo, or voodoo priestess, dispensing hoodoo know-how to thousands of followers. She is influencing Beyoncé, whose Lemonade took visual cues from Nigerian spiritual worship rituals; she is pro-sisterhood and anti-Trump, mobilising online and in the streets to form a modern-day incarnation of Witch (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell), the anonymous socialist feminist collective who emerged in 60s New York to hex Wall Street.

We ask our panel what to make of this "season of the witch."

Plus, hear from two of our guests about what it means to be a witch today.