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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

Context Clues: Welcome to Jackass

This episode will give context for our upcoming series on Jackass, an early reality show starring a group of skateboarders... more

29 May 2023 · 50 minutes
Unabandoned with Podcaster Blake Pfeil of 'All-American Ruins'

Blake Pfeil is the host of 'abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast,' a multimedia travelogue exploring abandoned spaces across the United... more

15 May 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Munger Road | Urban Legends Hotline

Listeners like you can now share urban legends from your childhood and if selected, we will investigate your story in... more

08 May 2023 · 48 minutes
Interview with the Ex-Vampire (pt. 2) with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'

For part two of my conversation with Sarah, I finish telling her about a satanic panic era "memoir" published by... more

17 Apr 2023 · 47 minutes
Interview with the Ex-Vampire (pt. 1) with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'

Over the next two episodes, I tell Sarah the story of another one of Jack Chick's occult experts using his... more

10 Apr 2023 · 54 minutes
Chick Tracts pt. 3

Who was Jack Chick, really? For the final episode in our series we will explore his childhood, his time in... more

03 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
Chick Tracts pt. 2

An ex-druid grand priest for the illuminati, an undercover Jesuit agent of destruction, a woman married to the devil, and... more

27 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Chick Tracts pt. 1

Cartoons of satanic witch cults, Illuminati world domination, demonic homosexuals, and the pressing choice of hell or salvation were the... more

20 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Context Clues: A Cartoonish Hell Awaits You

Chick Tracts, what are they? You'll find out in our upcoming three-part series that covers a fundamentalist comic artist who... more

13 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
OMG WTF UFOs with Jim Perry of Euphomet

Are we being invaded?? I sure thought so. Today we are talking quite animatedly to our official paranormal correspondent Jim... more

20 Feb 2023 · 1 hour,
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Context Clues: Welcome to Jackass
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