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American Hysteria

By chelsey weber-smith

American Hysteria explores the moral panics, conspiracy theories, urban legends, and fantastical thinking that shape our culture and why we end up fearing and believing in the unreal. Using sociology, psychology, biology, and a whole lot of research, poet-turned-podcaster Chelsey Weber-Smith charts their own journey from fantastical thinker to flexible skeptic, while detailing the sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying stories of American freak-outs from the Puritans to the present, and the complex social issues around race, gender, sexuality, and class that they often act to cover up.

  1. 1.
    Walk with Me11/30/2020
    39:37
  2. 2.
    Black Evangelicalism and the Christian Right11/23/2020
    53:35
  3. 3.
    Televangelists11/16/2020
    51:02
  4. 4.
    Falling for Fascism with Jason Stanley11/09/2020
    32:58
  5. 5.
    Fake News11/02/2020
    50:25
  6. 6.
    CrimeCon and Columbiners with Rachel Monroe 10/26/2020
    46:33
  7. 7.
    True Crime10/19/2020
    52:48
  8. 8.
    Happy Halloween, It's Season Four!10/05/2020
    2:13
  1. 9.
    KILLER CLOWNS with 'You're Wrong About'09/21/2020
    54:32
  2. 10.
    WE GOT MERCH07/31/2020
    2:13
  3. 11.
    Rewind: #WayfairGate // Satanic Panic07/27/2020
    44:20
  4. 12.
    Death06/22/2020
    48:03
  5. 13.
    What We Inherit: A Brief History of American Racism06/15/2020
    39:56
  6. 14.
    A message from the team06/08/2020
    3:20
  7. 15.
    #Gamergate06/01/2020
    24:54
  8. 16.
    Men's Rights05/25/2020
    50:40
  9. 17.
    The Curse of the Lottery05/04/2020
    26:18
  10. 18.
    Get Rich Quick04/27/2020
    49:36
  11. 19.
    Confederate Monuments and The Lost Cause04/06/2020
    23:10
  12. 20.
    Rednecks03/30/2020
    52:41
  13. 21.
    Beards03/23/2020
    19:15
  14. 22.
    Hipsters03/16/2020
    49:02
  15. 23.
    School Spirit03/09/2020
    18:44
  16. 24.
    Suburbia03/02/2020
    46:37
  17. 25.
    Got Milk?02/24/2020
    16:39
  18. 26.
    Burgers02/17/2020
    44:58
  19. 27.
    Season Three Trailer02/10/2020
    1:54
  20. 28.
    Team Huddle: An American Hysteria Q&A02/03/2020
    39:53
  21. 29.
    Celebrity Urban Legends: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show01/20/2020
    34:31
  22. 30.
    Looking for An Alien Vortex with Euphomet01/06/2020
    24:46
  23. 31.
    War On Christmas Special12/26/2019
    50:30
  24. 32.
    Bloody Mary: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show12/16/2019
    38:45
  25. 33.
    We need your help!12/03/2019
    2:21
  26. 34.
    Black Friday: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show12/02/2019
    34:36
  27. 35.
    Disney Subliminal Messages: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show11/04/2019
    23:13
  28. 36.
    Mind Control10/21/2019
    53:03
  29. 37.
    Terrorism: Part Two10/14/2019
    33:52
  30. 38.
    Terrorism: Part One10/07/2019
    38:10
  31. 39.
    Wardrobe Malfunction09/30/2019
    13:24
  32. 40.
    Pornography09/23/2019
    33:41
  33. 41.
    Violent Video Games09/16/2019
    13:08
  34. 42.
    Dangerous Teens09/09/2019
    36:24
  35. 43.
    Furby09/02/2019
    12:31
  36. 44.
    Toy Riots08/26/2019
    33:56
  37. 45.
    LIVE VARIETY HOUR08/19/2019
    40:01
  38. 46.
    Two Flexible Skeptics Contemplate the Unknowable Universe: American Hysteria in Conversation with the Something Scary Podcast08/12/2019
    38:38
  39. 47.
    The Mad Gasser of Mattoon08/05/2019
    13:05
  40. 48.
    Monsters07/29/2019
    33:19
  41. 49.
    Ted Bundy07/22/2019
    10:59
  42. 50.
    Celebrity07/15/2019
    34:26
  43. 51.
    Parrot Fever07/08/2019
    10:28
  44. 52.
    Quackery07/01/2019
    36:57
  45. 53.
    Cooties06/24/2019
    11:12
  46. 54.
    Germs06/17/2019
    32:35
  47. 55.
    Griefbots06/10/2019
    14:06
  48. 56.
    Talking to the Dead06/03/2019
    30:09
  49. 57.
    Presenting American Hysteria: Season Two05/27/2019
    1:38
  50. 58.
    Viral: Believing in the Blair Witch05/06/2019
    15:54
  51. 59.
    Viral: The Mandela Effect04/22/2019
    12:49
  52. 60.
    Viral: The Momo Suicide Challenge04/08/2019
    13:10
  53. 61.
    The End of the World03/25/2019
    40:34
  54. 62.
    The Calm Down: The Morality of Drugs and the Opioid Crisis03/18/2019
    26:22
  55. 63.
    Drugs03/11/2019
    32:38
  56. 64.
    The Calm Down: Murdered on Lovers' Lane02/25/2019
    23:20
  57. 65.
    Teenage Sex02/18/2019
    32:52
  58. 66.
    The Calm Down: Talking to My Christian Friends About Gay Stuff02/11/2019
    26:08
  59. 67.
    The Gay Agenda02/04/2019
    32:33
  60. 68.
    The Calm Down: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Clown01/27/2019
    25:04
  61. 69.
    Phantom Clowns01/21/2019
    33:56
  62. 70.
    The Calm Down: Kids in Cauldrons and Satanic Ritual Abuse01/14/2019
    25:55
  63. 71.
    Satanic Panic: Part Two01/07/2019
    33:58
  64. 72.
    The Calm Down: He's Baaaack! Satanic Panic Themes in Riverdale and Sabrina12/17/2018
    23:21
  65. 73.
    Satanic Panic: Part One12/10/2018
    33:33
  66. 74.
    The Calm Down: Hidden Anti-Semitism in Conspiracy Thought and Getting to Know Satan12/03/2018
    21:44
  67. 75.
    The Illuminati11/26/2018
    33:11
  68. 76.
    The Calm Down: Needles & Strangers & the Illuminati, Oh My!11/19/2018
    23:41
  69. 77.
    Poisoned Halloween Candy11/12/2018
    31:03
  70. 78.
    Stranger Danger11/12/2018
    30:26
  71. 79.
    Introducing American Hysteria11/05/2018
    1:00

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