American Hysteria

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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.
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96 episodes
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23 episodes
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96 episodes
American Hysteria shines new (and often strange) light to the mundane and things we take for granted. It’s well researched, engaging, and easy to both follow and listen. The topics are of a wide variety from hamburgers to the Appalachia. It’s a must listen to anyone who enjoys even a little bit of the unusual. Give this a listen and subscribe!
Funny and informative. It's interesting to foreign listeners too because I guess all cultures have myths and beliefs sustained on panic and irrational fears.
I love this podcast, so well researched and witty. I learn something new every time! The host is an absolute delight and keeps me interested and always coming back!

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Podcast Details

Created by
chelsey weber-smith
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Nov 5th, 2018
Latest Episode
Oct 26th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
96
Avg. Episode Length
24 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic

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