American Hysteria

By chelsey weber-smith

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Subscribers: 2157
Reviews: 16
Episodes: 206


 May 1, 2024

extremem left wing host
 Oct 13, 2023
thought it would be interesting but the host and her agenda ruined it

Pilcrow
 Sep 17, 2023
Looks directly at America in a way many history podcasts skirt around. Don't miss it.


 Aug 27, 2023


 Dec 13, 2022

Description

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.

Episode Date
The Average Person Swallows Eight Spiders a Year in Their Sleep
Jul 15, 2024
Rewind: Believing in the Blair Witch (Updated!)
Jun 24, 2024
Pretendians: Indigenous Identity Fraud with Robert Jago and Angel Ellis
Jun 17, 2024
A Terrorist Attack on the Furries with Nicky Woolf
Jun 10, 2024
Long Live the Ray Cat with Emperor X and Matt Kielty
May 20, 2024
Talking to the Future: Nuclear Semiotics
May 13, 2024
Context Clues: Going Nuclear
May 06, 2024
Magical Overthinking with Amanda Montell
Apr 29, 2024
Francine and the Wolves of Wall Street with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'
Apr 22, 2024
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals
Apr 01, 2024
When Conspiracies Aren't Just Theories with Journalist Tom Risen
Mar 25, 2024
Bigfoot's Big Adventure with Author John O'Connor
Mar 18, 2024
Gang Initiations pt. 2
Mar 04, 2024
Gang Initiations pt. 1
Feb 26, 2024
Context Clues: Ganging Up
Feb 19, 2024
Alligators in the Sewer with 'You're Wrong About' [Live at SketchFest]
Feb 12, 2024
The Paranormal Entertainment Industry with Sapphire Sandalo and Jim Perry
Jan 22, 2024
The Indiana Cyclone: America's First Munchausen Case with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'
Jan 15, 2024
We Are All Pro Wrestlers with Entertainment Journalist BJ Colangelo
Jan 08, 2024
Talking Crap with Historian Wendy Woloson
Dec 27, 2023
Sea Monkeys
Dec 18, 2023
Hallmark Christmas Movies [rewind]
Dec 12, 2023
The Many Lives of a Carnival Corpse | Subscriber Sneak Peek
Nov 27, 2023
Marilyn Manson's Rib Removal
Nov 20, 2023
...And This is American Hysteria [Five Year Anniversary Special]
Nov 13, 2023
Our Dearest Fears with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'
Oct 30, 2023
The 12 ft. Skeleton
Oct 23, 2023
Context Clues: Who's Your Bone Daddy?
Oct 16, 2023
Haunted Dolls [rewind]
Oct 09, 2023
Lemuria: The Strangest Place to Never Exist with Author Justin McHenry
Sep 18, 2023
The Killer Crossdresser with Horror Analysts BJ and Harmony Colangelo
Sep 11, 2023
Early Drag Queens pt. 2
Sep 04, 2023
Early Drag Queens pt. 1
Aug 28, 2023
Context Clues: Long Live the Queens
Aug 21, 2023
Love in the Time of Leprosy with Advocate José Ramirez, Jr.
Aug 14, 2023
Blame It on Barbie with Entertainment Journalist BJ Colangelo
Jul 24, 2023
Furby's Revenge
Jul 17, 2023
Hot Dog Urban Legends with Comedian Jamie Loftus
Jul 03, 2023
The Cannibal Pig People of Pig Hill
Jun 26, 2023
My Pronouns are Jack/Ass with Podcaster Harmony Colangelo of 'This Ends at Prom'
Jun 12, 2023
Jackass
Jun 05, 2023
Context Clues: Welcome to Jackass
May 29, 2023
Unabandoned with Podcaster Blake Pfeil of 'All-American Ruins'
May 15, 2023
The Ghost Children of Munger Road
May 08, 2023
Interview with the Ex-Vampire (pt. 2) with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'
Apr 17, 2023
Interview with the Ex-Vampire (pt. 1) with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'
Apr 10, 2023
Chick Tracts pt. 3
Apr 03, 2023
Chick Tracts pt. 2
Mar 27, 2023
Chick Tracts pt. 1
Mar 20, 2023
Context Clues: A Cartoonish Hell Awaits You
Mar 13, 2023
OMG WTF UFOs with Jim Perry of Euphomet
Feb 20, 2023
Talking Angela
Feb 13, 2023
Urban Legends in the Internet Wilderness with the Digital Folklore Podcast
Feb 06, 2023
When Naked Swimming was Required in Gym Class with Journalist Robin Washington
Jan 23, 2023
The Streaking Craze
Jan 16, 2023
Context Clues: Naked or Afraid
Jan 09, 2023
Toy Riots (Rerun)
Dec 26, 2022
The Horror of Hallmark with Podcasters Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed of 'You Are Good'
Dec 19, 2022
Hallmark Christmas Movies
Dec 12, 2022
Context Clues: The Hallmarks of Hallmark's "Hallmark Christmas"
Dec 05, 2022
Land of Delusion with Cultural Historian Colin Dickey
Nov 28, 2022
Haunted Objects of Our Affection with Podcaster Jim Perry of Euphomet
Nov 07, 2022
Our Halloween Open Mic
Oct 31, 2022
Halloween Sadism from Cautionary Tales
Oct 28, 2022
Haunted Dolls
Oct 24, 2022
Context Clues: The Uncanny Valley of the Dolls
Oct 17, 2022
Rainbow Fentanyl: Poisoned Halloween Candy Rerelease
Oct 11, 2022
Halloween is Millennial Christmas with Podcaster Sarah Marshall of You're Wrong About
Oct 03, 2022
Florida Scam
Sep 19, 2022
Florida Man
Sep 12, 2022
Context Clues: Feeling Like a Freak on a Beach
Sep 05, 2022
An Irresistible Movement with Reproductive Justice Activist Loretta J. Ross
Aug 15, 2022
Womb Wars pt. 2
Aug 08, 2022
Womb Wars pt. 1
Aug 01, 2022
Context Clues: Maybe it Ain't About the Babies
Jul 25, 2022
Postcolonial Astrology with Alice Sparkly Kat
Jul 05, 2022
The Planetary Propaganda of the Anti-Nazi Astrologer
Jun 27, 2022
The Supernatural Imaginary of the Third Reich with Historian Eric Kurlander
Jun 20, 2022
Astrology
Jun 13, 2022
Pride Rewind: Gender Reveal Parties
Jun 06, 2022
All the Other Snuff with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'
May 23, 2022
Rotten.com
May 16, 2022
Snuff Films
May 09, 2022
Context Clues: Pornography
May 02, 2022
Hear ye! Hear ye! Extra extra hear all about it!
Apr 04, 2022
The Séance of Selena with Poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Mar 28, 2022
Scene Queens with Podcasters BJ and Harmony Colangelo of 'This Ends at Prom'
Mar 21, 2022
Boy Bands
Mar 07, 2022
Fangirls
Feb 21, 2022
Context Clues: Teenage Sex
Feb 14, 2022
Twitter Saves Megan from the Westboro Baptist Church
Jan 31, 2022
The Westboro Baptist Church
Jan 24, 2022
Context Clues: Televangelists
Jan 17, 2022
E.T. Phone Hollywood: 'Hysteria Home Companion' Patreon Sneak Peek
Jan 10, 2022
Normalizing the Paranormal with Podcaster Jim Perry of Euphomet
Jan 03, 2022
War On Christmas (Rerelease)
Dec 26, 2021
Alien Abductions pt. 2
Dec 20, 2021
Alien Abductions pt. 1
Dec 13, 2021
Context Clues: Satanic Ritual Abuse
Dec 06, 2021
The Polyamorous Cult of Ayn Rand: 'Hysteria Home Companion' Patreon Sneak Peak
Dec 02, 2021
Am I Good? With 'You Are Good' Podcast Hosts Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed
Nov 22, 2021
The Self-Esteem Movement
Nov 15, 2021
Context Clues: Get Rich Quick
Nov 08, 2021
NEW PATREON SHOW: Hysteria Home Companion
Nov 01, 2021
Haunting From the Heart with Renowned Scare Actor Shar Mayer
Oct 25, 2021
Haunted Attractions
Oct 18, 2021
Context Clues: Talking to the Dead
Oct 11, 2021
We're Baaaaack: 'Haunted House Attractions' Coming October 18th
Oct 04, 2021
#Elsagate
Aug 16, 2021
Rewind: The Mandela Effect
Aug 09, 2021
Talking to Strangers with Comedian Chris Gethard (Part Two)
Jul 19, 2021
Dangerous Attractions with Comedian Chris Gethard (Part One)
Jul 12, 2021
Gender Lies and Liberation with Trans Historian Susan Stryker
Jun 28, 2021
Gender Reveal Parties
Jun 14, 2021
Rewind: Talking to My Christian Friends About Gay Stuff
Jun 07, 2021
THE GAY AGENDA (Pride Re-release)
Jun 01, 2021
The Skeleton of Chelsey Weber-Smith
May 10, 2021
Urban Legends
May 03, 2021
Rewind: The Momo Suicide Challenge
Apr 26, 2021
Horror Movies, pt. 2
Apr 19, 2021
Rewind: Monsters
Apr 12, 2021
On Haunted Houses with Carmen Maria Machado
Apr 05, 2021
SATANIC PANIC EMERGENCY RE-RELEASE
Mar 30, 2021
Horror Movies, pt. 1
Mar 29, 2021
Unmasking Matilda with Mara Wilson
Mar 15, 2021
Influencers
Mar 08, 2021
Gen Z and the Millennial with Gael from Teenager Therapy
Mar 01, 2021
American Hysteria: LIVE VARIETY HOUR (Watch the full show!!)
Feb 22, 2021
Children's Programming
Feb 15, 2021
We Were Teenage Conspiracy Theorists
Feb 08, 2021
Animatronic America with Sarah Marshall of 'You’re Wrong About'
Feb 01, 2021
Disneyfication
Jan 25, 2021
The Theater of Trash with Alissa Bennett
Jan 18, 2021
Trash Talk Shows
Jan 11, 2021
'Falling for Fascism' Emergency Re-Release
Jan 06, 2021
Seekers and Swindlers with Glynn Washington
Dec 14, 2020
Charismatic Leaders
Dec 07, 2020
Walk with Me
Nov 30, 2020
Black Evangelicalism and the Christian Right with Anthea Butler and Lerone A. Martin
Nov 23, 2020
Televangelists
Nov 16, 2020
Falling for Fascism with Jason Stanley
Nov 09, 2020
Fake News
Nov 02, 2020
CrimeCon and Columbiners with Rachel Monroe
Oct 26, 2020
True Crime
Oct 19, 2020
Happy Halloween, It's Season Four!
Oct 05, 2020
KILLER CLOWNS with 'You're Wrong About'
Sep 21, 2020
WE GOT MERCH
Jul 31, 2020
Rewind: #WayfairGate // Satanic Panic
Jul 27, 2020
Death
Jun 22, 2020
What We Inherit: A Brief History of American Racism
Jun 15, 2020
A message from the team
Jun 08, 2020
#Gamergate
Jun 01, 2020
Men's Rights
May 25, 2020
The Curse of the Lottery
May 04, 2020
Get Rich Quick
Apr 27, 2020
Confederate Monuments and The Lost Cause
Apr 06, 2020
Rednecks
Mar 30, 2020
Beards
Mar 23, 2020
Hipsters
Mar 16, 2020
School Spirit
Mar 09, 2020
Suburbia
Mar 02, 2020
Got Milk?
Feb 24, 2020
Burgers
Feb 17, 2020
Season Three Trailer
Feb 10, 2020
Looking for An Alien Vortex with Euphomet
Jan 06, 2020
War On Christmas Special
Dec 26, 2019
We need your help!
Dec 03, 2019
Mind Control
Oct 21, 2019
Terrorism: Part Two
Oct 14, 2019
Terrorism: Part One
Oct 07, 2019
Wardrobe Malfunction
Sep 30, 2019
Pornography
Sep 23, 2019
Violent Video Games
Sep 16, 2019
Dangerous Teens
Sep 09, 2019
Furby
Sep 02, 2019
Toy Riots
Aug 26, 2019
LIVE VARIETY HOUR
Aug 19, 2019
Two Flexible Skeptics Contemplate the Unknowable Universe: American Hysteria in Conversation with the Something Scary Podcast
Aug 12, 2019
The Mad Gasser of Mattoon
Aug 05, 2019
Monsters
Jul 29, 2019
Ted Bundy
Jul 22, 2019
Celebrity
Jul 15, 2019
Parrot Fever
Jul 08, 2019
Quackery
Jul 01, 2019
Cooties
Jun 24, 2019
Germs
Jun 17, 2019
Griefbots
Jun 10, 2019
Talking to the Dead
Jun 03, 2019
Presenting American Hysteria: Season Two
May 27, 2019
Viral: Believing in the Blair Witch
May 06, 2019
Viral: The Mandela Effect
Apr 22, 2019
Viral: The Momo Suicide Challenge
Apr 08, 2019
The End of the World
Mar 25, 2019
The Calm Down: The Morality of Drugs and the Opioid Crisis
Mar 18, 2019
Drugs
Mar 11, 2019
The Calm Down: Murdered on Lovers' Lane
Feb 25, 2019
Teenage Sex
Feb 18, 2019
The Calm Down: Talking to My Christian Friends About Gay Stuff
Feb 11, 2019
The Gay Agenda
Feb 04, 2019
Phantom Clowns
Jan 21, 2019
Satanic Panic: Part Two
Jan 07, 2019
Satanic Panic: Part One
Dec 10, 2018
The Illuminati
Nov 26, 2018
Poisoned Halloween Candy
Nov 12, 2018
Stranger Danger
Nov 12, 2018
Introducing American Hysteria
Nov 05, 2018