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American Hysteria

Chelsey Weber-Smith

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American Hysteria

American Hysteria

Chelsey Weber-Smith

532
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3.5K
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About Us

American Hysteria is a podcast exploring the fantastical thinking and irrational fears of Americans through the lens 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, and the real social issues they act to cover 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.

Latest Episodes

Season Three Trailer

We are stoked to announce that our season three premieres this coming Monday, February 17th! On this season we're going to explore our most ingrained beliefs, delusions, and archetypes, how cognitive dissonance shapes our culture, and how our reality is created by the stories we tell, especially the stories we tell ourselves. Listen to American Hysteria's season three premiere February 17th wherever you get your podcasts.

3 MIN1 w ago
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Season Three Trailer

Team Huddle: An American Hysteria Q&A

For this episode, we gather the American Hysteria team together to answer some of the questions asked on social media. We share our experience making the show and just what goes into the production, both literally and emotionally. We also share some intel about our newest season, premiering February 17th. Hear from: Host Chelsey Weber-Smith Producer Rod Rodriguez of Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Research Assistant Riley Smith With this episode hosted by Panic Monday's Miranda Zickler Make sure to check out my interview and all the amazing LGBTQ interviews on the Pride podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pride/id1460038024) wherever you listen. This episode is sponsored by Native Deodorant, head to http://www.nativedeodorant.com and use promo code AH at checkout. Our season 3 premieres on February 17th! Stay tuned!

41 MIN2 w ago
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Team Huddle: An American Hysteria Q&A

Celebrity Urban Legends: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, ‘Just Another Panic Monday.’ If you are new to American Hysteria, head to the main episodes of season one or two to get a feel for our show, and then catch up with us here! Season three will premiere February 17, 2020. Whether it was Marilyn Manson's rib removal, Mr. Rogers's secret tattoos, George Bush's Satanic lineage, Tommy Hilfiger's racist comments, or Katy Perry's past as Jon Benet Ramsey, it's more than likely that you've gossiped about at least one of the urban legends we are covering for this episode. So come enjoy the salaciousness Americans need as we explore the origins and legacies of the most bizarre and enduring tales about the celebrities we love to hate. Please donate to our Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday is co-hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith and Miranda Zickler Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Check out my interview and all the gr...

38 MINJAN 20
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Celebrity Urban Legends: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

Looking for An Alien Vortex with Euphomet

Since we are on a break this week, I wanted to share with you my former work with an incredible paranormal podcast called Euphomet. Together with host and my good friend Jim Perry, we were once invited to Sedona, AZ to climb to the top of Bell Rock in search of alien vortexes with a man famous in his time-- the only attorney to actually sue the US Government for UFO information under the Freedom of Information Act. So today, balance your healthy skepticism with a little bit of magic, or at least, a more heartfelt look at the great unknown. Subscribe now on Apple (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/euphomet/id991129779?mt=2) or wherever you get your podcasts. More about Peter Gersten: Notoriously known as the UFO Lawyer, Peter exposed UFO secrets worldwide via television, and late night talk radio appearances, and had developed a loyal fan base before receiving the ultimate assignment. He was to take 1,111 people to the top of Bell Rock, a monumental Red Rock located in Sedona, Ariz...

25 MINJAN 6
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Looking for An Alien Vortex with Euphomet

War On Christmas Special

This is the early season three premiere in our usual format!! Merry Whatever y'all!

54 MIN2019 DEC 26
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War On Christmas Special

Bloody Mary: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, ‘Just Another Panic Monday.’ If you are new to American Hysteria, head to the main episodes of season one or two to get a feel for our show, and then catch up with us here! Season three will premiere February 2020. Please donate to our Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) The urban legend Bloody Mary has long acted as a rite of passage for slumber partiers all over the United States and beyond. Perhaps you once heard stories from your peers of this terrifying phantom's appearance in dimly lit mirrors, or even saw something sinister yourself, candle in hand. Pop culture often writes-off sleepovers as frivolous mush, but today Miranda and I are diving deep into the folklore of Bloody Mary, Light as a Feather Stiff as a Board, M.A.S.H., the concentration game, and rec room séances to show that these secret rites are vital to the process of growing up. We’ll explain some of the sociology and psychology, as well as the possible biology...

40 MIN2019 DEC 16
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Bloody Mary: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

We need your help!

Join our Patreon now! (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) American Hysteria has officially left our network and we are striking out on our own for the very first time. We need your help to keep the show going strong while we work on season three. If American Hysteria has been important to you, please consider donating to our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) and actively join us in the work that we do. You'll get extra content each month, live streams, shout-outs on the show, and even a chance to help us with the process of creating American Hysteria. Thanks so much for all your support and care so far! It means the world to us.

3 MIN2019 DEC 3
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We need your help!

Black Friday: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday. Our regular season will return in the winter. Please donate to our Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) For the next several weeks, my co-host Miranda Zickler and I will explore a handful of our favorite American freak-outs in a more casual way, while still giving you the same stories you love. This week’s topic: Black Friday. We'll learn the history of this strange American phenomenon that sees consumers fight, sometimes violently, to score the best deals of the year. We'll dive into some of the wildest stories from first fights to shoot outs, and talk about the psychology behind Black Friday, and just how corporations manipulate Americans into shopping until they drop...dead. American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday is co-hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith and Miranda Zickler Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Voice Acting by Will Rogers Opening theme so...

36 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Black Friday: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

Vaping: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday. Our regular season will return in the winter. For the next several weeks, my co-host Miranda Zickler and I will explore a handful of our favorite American freak-outs in a more casual way, while still giving you the same stories you love. This week’s topic: Vaping, the terrifying new flavor of the month. We’ll explore the real causes of mysterious new afflictions that have left two thousand people sick and led to 39 deaths including one such ailment known frighteningly as Popcorn Lung. We’ll also use this newest drug hysteria as a way to talk about the structure of a panic as well as the dangerous effects of ignoring bigger problems for the sake of a shiny new thing to fear. American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday is co-hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith and Miranda Zickler Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Opening theme song cover by Miranda Zickler with help from CW...

29 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Vaping: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

Disney Subliminal Messages: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday. Our regular season will return this winter. For the next several weeks, my co-host Miranda Zickler and I will explore a handful of our favorite American freak-outs in a more casual way, while still giving you the same stories you love. This week’s topic: subliminal messages in Disney movies, from the dicks in the Little Mermaid to Aladdin’s apparent command for teenagers to take off their clothes, we’ll see if there’s any truth to these urban legends while we look at the history of subliminal messages, as well as what the conspiracy theorists say. Spoiler alert: It’s the Illuminati and Satanic cults, as always. Skylark Media’s American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday is co-hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith and Miranda Zickler Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Opening theme song cover by Miranda Zickler with help from CWS Check out Miranda’s wonderful folk-pop ban...

24 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Disney Subliminal Messages: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

Latest Episodes

Season Three Trailer

We are stoked to announce that our season three premieres this coming Monday, February 17th! On this season we're going to explore our most ingrained beliefs, delusions, and archetypes, how cognitive dissonance shapes our culture, and how our reality is created by the stories we tell, especially the stories we tell ourselves. Listen to American Hysteria's season three premiere February 17th wherever you get your podcasts.

3 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Season Three Trailer

Team Huddle: An American Hysteria Q&A

For this episode, we gather the American Hysteria team together to answer some of the questions asked on social media. We share our experience making the show and just what goes into the production, both literally and emotionally. We also share some intel about our newest season, premiering February 17th. Hear from: Host Chelsey Weber-Smith Producer Rod Rodriguez of Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Research Assistant Riley Smith With this episode hosted by Panic Monday's Miranda Zickler Make sure to check out my interview and all the amazing LGBTQ interviews on the Pride podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pride/id1460038024) wherever you listen. This episode is sponsored by Native Deodorant, head to http://www.nativedeodorant.com and use promo code AH at checkout. Our season 3 premieres on February 17th! Stay tuned!

41 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Team Huddle: An American Hysteria Q&A

Celebrity Urban Legends: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, ‘Just Another Panic Monday.’ If you are new to American Hysteria, head to the main episodes of season one or two to get a feel for our show, and then catch up with us here! Season three will premiere February 17, 2020. Whether it was Marilyn Manson's rib removal, Mr. Rogers's secret tattoos, George Bush's Satanic lineage, Tommy Hilfiger's racist comments, or Katy Perry's past as Jon Benet Ramsey, it's more than likely that you've gossiped about at least one of the urban legends we are covering for this episode. So come enjoy the salaciousness Americans need as we explore the origins and legacies of the most bizarre and enduring tales about the celebrities we love to hate. Please donate to our Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday is co-hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith and Miranda Zickler Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Check out my interview and all the gr...

38 MINJAN 20
Comments
Celebrity Urban Legends: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

Looking for An Alien Vortex with Euphomet

Since we are on a break this week, I wanted to share with you my former work with an incredible paranormal podcast called Euphomet. Together with host and my good friend Jim Perry, we were once invited to Sedona, AZ to climb to the top of Bell Rock in search of alien vortexes with a man famous in his time-- the only attorney to actually sue the US Government for UFO information under the Freedom of Information Act. So today, balance your healthy skepticism with a little bit of magic, or at least, a more heartfelt look at the great unknown. Subscribe now on Apple (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/euphomet/id991129779?mt=2) or wherever you get your podcasts. More about Peter Gersten: Notoriously known as the UFO Lawyer, Peter exposed UFO secrets worldwide via television, and late night talk radio appearances, and had developed a loyal fan base before receiving the ultimate assignment. He was to take 1,111 people to the top of Bell Rock, a monumental Red Rock located in Sedona, Ariz...

25 MINJAN 6
Comments
Looking for An Alien Vortex with Euphomet

War On Christmas Special

This is the early season three premiere in our usual format!! Merry Whatever y'all!

54 MIN2019 DEC 26
Comments
War On Christmas Special

Bloody Mary: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, ‘Just Another Panic Monday.’ If you are new to American Hysteria, head to the main episodes of season one or two to get a feel for our show, and then catch up with us here! Season three will premiere February 2020. Please donate to our Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) The urban legend Bloody Mary has long acted as a rite of passage for slumber partiers all over the United States and beyond. Perhaps you once heard stories from your peers of this terrifying phantom's appearance in dimly lit mirrors, or even saw something sinister yourself, candle in hand. Pop culture often writes-off sleepovers as frivolous mush, but today Miranda and I are diving deep into the folklore of Bloody Mary, Light as a Feather Stiff as a Board, M.A.S.H., the concentration game, and rec room séances to show that these secret rites are vital to the process of growing up. We’ll explain some of the sociology and psychology, as well as the possible biology...

40 MIN2019 DEC 16
Comments
Bloody Mary: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

We need your help!

Join our Patreon now! (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) American Hysteria has officially left our network and we are striking out on our own for the very first time. We need your help to keep the show going strong while we work on season three. If American Hysteria has been important to you, please consider donating to our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) and actively join us in the work that we do. You'll get extra content each month, live streams, shout-outs on the show, and even a chance to help us with the process of creating American Hysteria. Thanks so much for all your support and care so far! It means the world to us.

3 MIN2019 DEC 3
Comments
We need your help!

Black Friday: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday. Our regular season will return in the winter. Please donate to our Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americanhysteria) For the next several weeks, my co-host Miranda Zickler and I will explore a handful of our favorite American freak-outs in a more casual way, while still giving you the same stories you love. This week’s topic: Black Friday. We'll learn the history of this strange American phenomenon that sees consumers fight, sometimes violently, to score the best deals of the year. We'll dive into some of the wildest stories from first fights to shoot outs, and talk about the psychology behind Black Friday, and just how corporations manipulate Americans into shopping until they drop...dead. American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday is co-hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith and Miranda Zickler Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Voice Acting by Will Rogers Opening theme so...

36 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
Black Friday: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

Vaping: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday. Our regular season will return in the winter. For the next several weeks, my co-host Miranda Zickler and I will explore a handful of our favorite American freak-outs in a more casual way, while still giving you the same stories you love. This week’s topic: Vaping, the terrifying new flavor of the month. We’ll explore the real causes of mysterious new afflictions that have left two thousand people sick and led to 39 deaths including one such ailment known frighteningly as Popcorn Lung. We’ll also use this newest drug hysteria as a way to talk about the structure of a panic as well as the dangerous effects of ignoring bigger problems for the sake of a shiny new thing to fear. American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday is co-hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith and Miranda Zickler Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Opening theme song cover by Miranda Zickler with help from CW...

29 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
Vaping: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

Disney Subliminal Messages: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

This is our off season talk show, American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday. Our regular season will return this winter. For the next several weeks, my co-host Miranda Zickler and I will explore a handful of our favorite American freak-outs in a more casual way, while still giving you the same stories you love. This week’s topic: subliminal messages in Disney movies, from the dicks in the Little Mermaid to Aladdin’s apparent command for teenagers to take off their clothes, we’ll see if there’s any truth to these urban legends while we look at the history of subliminal messages, as well as what the conspiracy theorists say. Spoiler alert: It’s the Illuminati and Satanic cults, as always. Skylark Media’s American Hysteria: Just Another Panic Monday is co-hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith and Miranda Zickler Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios (https://clearcommo.com/) Opening theme song cover by Miranda Zickler with help from CWS Check out Miranda’s wonderful folk-pop ban...

24 MIN2019 NOV 4
Comments
Disney Subliminal Messages: 'Panic Monday' Off-Season Talk Show

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