52 episodes

American Hysteria is a podcast exploring the fantastical thinking and irrational fears of Americans through the lens of moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our psychology and culture, and why we end up believing them. Poet-turned-podcaster Chelsey Weber-Smith explores the sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying stories of historical and modern American freak-outs, and the real social issues they act to cover up. An in-depth alternative history, the show also analyzes how issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class have informed our beliefs from the Puritans to the present.
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American Hysteria Chelsey Weber-Smith

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 1.1K Ratings

American Hysteria is a podcast exploring the fantastical thinking and irrational fears of Americans through the lens of moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our psychology and culture, and why we end up believing them. Poet-turned-podcaster Chelsey Weber-Smith explores the sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying stories of historical and modern American freak-outs, and the real social issues they act to cover up. An in-depth alternative history, the show also analyzes how issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class have informed our beliefs from the Puritans to the present.
Subscribe now on Apple, Google, Spotify, or where ever you get your podcasts.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

The Disco Unicorn ,

This show is amazing.

I learn a LOT from this show — mostly how I’ve panicked about things I that shouldn’t actually worry me. Highly recommend. Chelsea Webber Smith is a rad and thorough host.

Dniqski ,

Please get rid of the cold-host!

This was a 5 star podcast up until the last few episodes of the “off season” show. The host/co-host seem to hit it off and that’s great but this new situation makes me feel like I’m overhearing girls gossiping over lunch - not two adults discussing large scale topics. Hopefully she’s just temporary so I can start listening again.

That_Crazy_Emo_Girl ,

Has me shook and enlightened every time lol

I recommend this podcast to people all the time. It’s for anyone who likes conspiracy theories, the paranormal, history, psychology, true crime, and more. Chelsea’s voice is easy to listen to as she imparts thoroughly researched, engaging material. <3

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