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American Hysteria explores how fantastical thinking has shaped our culture – moral panics, urban legends, hoaxes, crazes, fringe beliefs, and national misunderstandings. Poet-turned-podcaster Chelsey Weber-Smith tells the strangest stories from American history and examines the forces that create the reality we share, and sometimes, the reality we don't.

American Hysteria chelsey weber-smith

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 8 Ratings

American Hysteria explores how fantastical thinking has shaped our culture – moral panics, urban legends, hoaxes, crazes, fringe beliefs, and national misunderstandings. Poet-turned-podcaster Chelsey Weber-Smith tells the strangest stories from American history and examines the forces that create the reality we share, and sometimes, the reality we don't.

    Land of Delusion with Cultural Historian Colin Dickey

    Land of Delusion with Cultural Historian Colin Dickey

    Colin Dickey is one of American Hysteria's biggest influences—our episodes called Talking to the Dead and Alien Abductions relied on his books Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places and The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained. His newest piece is called Land of Delusion and it explores two new bizarre conspiracy theories that center around secret societies and buried histories. We’ll talk about the conspiratorial tales we keep telling and how we address this increasingly disturbing Land of Delusion.

    Try Scribd now to get Colin Dickey's Land of Delusion

    Find more of Colin's work here

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    Produced by Miranda Zickler
    Sound design by Clear Commo Studios
    Hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith
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    • 53 min
    Haunted Objects of Our Affection with Podcaster Jim Perry of Euphomet

    Haunted Objects of Our Affection with Podcaster Jim Perry of Euphomet

    Paranormal podcast host (and major buddy) Jim Perry of Euphomet returns to discuss a couple of the many experiences that have made it impossible for us to live purely skeptical lives: his time getting personal with a haunted doll and my time getting personal with the ghost that tried to burn my house down. As usual, expect lots of philosophical waxing from both of us about the mysteries of the supernatural and about how no one really knows anything, no matter what they say.

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    Produced by Miranda Zickler
    Sound design by Clear Commo Studios
    Hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith
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    • 57 min
    Our Halloween Open Mic

    Our Halloween Open Mic

    Featuring poems, fiction, nonfiction, AND A GROUP SONG with work by Sarah Marshall (You're Wrong About, You Are Good), Alex Steed (You Are Good), BJ Colangelo (This Ends at Prom), Will Rogers (Guide to the Unknown), Carolyn Kendrick (You're Wrong About, You Are Good), Miranda Zickler (Kuinka), Riley Swedelius-Smith (American Hysteria), and Chelsey Weber-Smith (me duh)

    To get an mp3 of our Halloween song, head to patreon.com/americanhysteria

    In order of appearance:
    Will Rogers
    Guide to the Unknown

    BJ Colangelo
    This Ends at Prom

    Sarah Marshall
    You’re Wrong About
    You Are Good

    Alex Steed
    You Are Good

    Miranda Zickler
    Kuinka

    Carolyn Kendrick

    Riley Swedelius-Smith
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    • 43 min
    Halloween Sadism from Cautionary Tales

    Halloween Sadism from Cautionary Tales

    Here’s a preview from a podcast that's right up your dark alley! On Cautionary Tales, bestselling author Tim Harford finds the morals in moments from the greatest mistakes and tragic catastrophes of the past. This Halloween season, he’s exploring “Halloween sadism” – where a stranger puts something dangerous in the treats collected by children. Razor blades in apples. Rat poison in chocolate. That sort of thing. Fantastical reports of trouble pop up every spooky season, but is trick or treating really something to worry about? Or is there a deadlier danger awaiting children on Halloween night? Hear the full episode, and more from Cautionary Tales, at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/cthalloween?sid=hysteria
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    • 15 min
    Haunted Dolls

    Haunted Dolls

    We'll see how possessed playthings have crept their way into the dark attic of America: Thomas Edison's little monsters, a demonic Raggedy Ann, a living ventriloquist dummy, a deadly voodoo curse, and an online market where you can buy yourself a soul trapped in the body of a doll.

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    Twitter: @AmerHysteria
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    American Hysteria is written, produced, and hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith
    Co-produced and co-edited by Miranda Zickler
    Co-researched and co-editing by Riley Smith
    Sound design by Clear Commo Studios
    Voice Acting by Will Rogers
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    • 1 hr
    The Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

    The Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

    To get you ready for our upcoming episode called Haunted Dolls, we have selected some excerpts on Furby urban legends, demon-possessed toys, and uncanny killer clowns.

    Listen to Furby here
    Listen to Satanic Panic pt. 1 here
    Listen to Phantom Clowns here

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    Produced by Chelsey Weber-Smith, Riley Smith, and Miranda Zickler
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

hello.it's.caro ,

Love this podcast

I’ve been binge listening to this podcast, it’s soo interesting and full of relevant information I didn’t know about. Also Chelsey has a great voice. Thank you for making this podcast happen :)

motoviggo ,

Amazing but

The unwarranted white male bashing is quite tiresome, which is sad because its a genuinely interesting podcast. The hosts are obviously talented and work hard to bring interesting stories to the table, the bashing is just too much for me.

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