35 episodes

American Hysteria is a podcast exploring our moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our psychology and culture, and why we end up believing them. Host Chelsey Weber-Smith explores the sometimes hilarious, sometimes distressing stories of modern and historical American freak-outs, why we fear the wrong things, and what these bizarre panics might be covering up.
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American Hysteria Skylark Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 795 Ratings

American Hysteria is a podcast exploring our moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our psychology and culture, and why we end up believing them. Host Chelsey Weber-Smith explores the sometimes hilarious, sometimes distressing stories of modern and historical American freak-outs, why we fear the wrong things, and what these bizarre panics might be covering up.
Subscribe now on Apple, Google, Spotify, or where ever you get your podcasts.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
795 Ratings

795 Ratings

xheartxfingers ,

I’m Hysterical...

...for American Hysteria! I can’t remember the last time I eagerly awaited a new episode of a podcast. SO well researched, SO well produced and edited. Honestly, Ms. Chelsey Weber-Smith, if each episode was two hours long, I would *not* complain.

castlelong1 ,

OK until she ends everyepisode

Anti-semitism? TRUMP!!! Killer Clowns? TRUMP!!!! (Yeah, seriously. I'm not making that one up for comedic effect.) In the Satanic panic episode I skipped her end ramble so I can't say for sure that was because of TRUMP!!! OK, I get it. She does like Trump. Maybe an episode an TRUMP!!!! hysteria is in the future planning.

b.nichole. ,

The Uncanny Valley

Interesting topics, presented rather rationally, though there is a measure of political tone associated with it (which is quite inextricable from the topics but it could annoy others). She likes to touch upon the “uncanny valley”...a lot. I do have to work to not cringe every time she says “nuCYOOler” instead of “nuCLEEar.”

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