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American Hysteria
American Hysteria
chelsey weber-smith

American Hysteria explores how fantastical thinking has shaped our culture – moral panics, urban legends, hoaxes, crazes, fringe beliefs, and national misunderstandings.... more

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Episodes

Urban Legends in the Internet Wilderness with the Digital Folklore Podcast

For this episode we chat about the sensational tales of cyberspace, from Slenderman to the Momo suicide game, with the... more

06 Feb 2023 · 57 minutes
Introducing: Deadly Cure

Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure is a podcast about a family on the fringe who convinced tens of thousands of people across... more

01 Feb 2023 · 8 minutes
When Naked Swimming was Required in Gym Class with Journalist Robin Washington

Nope, it's not an urban legend! Today we are talking to journalist and filmmaker Robin Washington who, like a huge... more

23 Jan 2023 · 58 minutes
The Streaking Craze

In 1974, running naked in public became a major fad led by students on college campuses across the nation. This... more

16 Jan 2023 · 57 minutes
Introducing: Chameleon: Dr. Dante

Dr. Ronald Dante is a talented hypnotist (and not an actual doctor) whose mind-bending schemes span decades. Dante worked the... more

12 Jan 2023 · 7 minutes
Context Clues: Naked or Afraid

This episode will give context for our upcoming topic called The Streaking Craze using excerpts from previous shows including: Terrorism Pt.... more

09 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
Toy Riots (Rerun)

Tickle Me Elmo, Beanie Babies, Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokemon cards. These trendy toys all inspired parental parking lot brawls and... more

26 Dec 2022 · 41 minutes
Wondery Presents: Frozen Head

Listen to Frozen Head: https://wondery.app.link/Frozenhead-AH Hosted by Ash Kelley and Alaina Urquhart from the hit show Morbid. You can binge the... more

22 Dec 2022 · 4 minutes
The Horror of Hallmark with Podcasters Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed of 'You Are Good'

Because so many Hallmark writers and directors also make horror movies, I called in podcasters Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed... more

19 Dec 2022 · 1 hour,
Hallmark Christmas Movies

They usually go something like this: A cranky career woman from the big city who has lost the true meaning... more

12 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
American Hysteria
Urban Legends in the Internet Wilderness with the Digital Folklore Podcast
American Hysteria