50 episodes

American Hysteria is a podcast exploring the fantastical thinking and irrational fears of Americans through explorations 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, why we fear the wrong things, and the real social issues these bizarre panics act to covering 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 Skylark Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 999 Ratings

American Hysteria is a podcast exploring the fantastical thinking and irrational fears of Americans through explorations 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, why we fear the wrong things, and the real social issues these bizarre panics act to covering 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
999 Ratings

999 Ratings

Elizabeth 115 ,

Learn something new with a creepy twist

I love this podcast! I love podcasts where you can learn something new but this podcast gives me a unique perspective on things that I wouldn’t have thought about otherwise. It’s helped me look at the world in a different and more skeptical way.
I’m obsessed with the topics that they choose, always different and creepy and I love them! Looking forward to more podcasts!

BettyJaneStarling ,

Fun, informative show!

It’s fascinating, edgy and peppered with snark. Well-researched, but always questioning. A voice I enjoy listening to and a bomb theme song to top it all off. Keep it up ☺️

lovekernels ,

First and favorite

AH was the first podcast I subscribed to and it remains my favorite. Very educational about unusual topics! Chelsea is a pleasure to listen to 💕

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