That Time Geraldo Exposed Satan's Underground...

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In our podcast episode "Satanic Panic," guest-host Christian Sager and I explore the Satanism-fueled moral panic of the 1980s and 90s. We deal a good bit with the cultural kindling underlying the panic, as well as how popular media fanned the flames. Geraldo Rivera's 1988 prime time special on the perceived -- but bogus -- threat of Satanic ritual abuse played an important role in fanning those flames. So we present it to you here for anyone interested in such a retronautic journey into Satanic Panic.

And be sure to explore our mini-gallery on Satanic Panic as well.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.