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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

A Terrorist Attack on the Furries with Nicky Woolf

Fur and Loathing is a new investigative podcast from Nicky Woolf about an unsolved 2014 chlorine gas attack on the... more

10 Jun 2024 · 52 minutes
Long Live the Ray Cat with Emperor X and Matt Kielty

Reporter and Radiolab producer Matthew Kielty and musician Chad Matheny (AKA Emperor X) were both part of a 2014 episode... more

20 May 2024 · 58 minutes
Talking to the Future: Nuclear Semiotics

How do we warn people 10,000 years in the future about nuclear waste sites that will remain extremely dangerous for... more

13 May 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Context Clues: Going Nuclear

For some context for our upcoming series that we have not yet revealed, we will revisit excerpts from our past... more

06 May 2024 · 43 minutes
Magical Overthinking with Amanda Montell

Amanda Montell is the host of the podcast Sounds Like A Cult as well as the author of the new... more

29 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Francine and the Wolves of Wall Street with Sarah Marshall of 'You're Wrong About'

Sarah Marshall joins me to chat about how, in 1968, one unsuspecting young woman’s bustline almost caused a stock market... more

22 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals

In the late 1950s, an organization known as SINA started a campaign with the mission of clothing naked animals for... more

01 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
When Conspiracies Aren't Just Theories with Journalist Tom Risen

Journalist and author Tom Risen is here to tell me about some of the real conspiracies that the CIA and... more

25 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Bigfoot's Big Adventure with Author John O'Connor

John O'Connor is the author of The Secret History of Bigfoot: Field Notes on a North American Monster, a cross-country... more

18 Mar 2024 · 53 minutes
Gang Initiations pt. 2

For the second part of this Urban Legends Hotline episode, we are continuing to explore various tall tales of ruthless... more

04 Mar 2024 · 54 minutes
American Hysteria
A Terrorist Attack on the Furries with Nicky Woolf
American Hysteria