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American Hysteria

chelsey weber-smith
Society & Culture

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.


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4.4 out of 5 stars from 3.3k ratings
  • One of my go-to subscriptions

    This is one of my favorite podcasts that breaks down the different social panics that shape American culture. So much of my childhood and upbringing makes more sense when put in context by the host, Chelsey Weber Smith. It doesn’t hurt that she also has a soothing voice.

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    United Statesa month ago
  • Can’t get past narration

    I really enjoy the content and want to listen but I don’t understand Chelsea’s narration… it’s just so weird and off putting… This show could be so good if it wasn’t for that. more

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  • Top notch research

    I love the context clues before episodes that really inform my understanding of subject matter. I used to think history was boring as a kid, but now find it so important in understanding our past, present, and potential future. I appreciate the light being shined upon moral panics that get too much traction in mainstream news media and social media and also understanding the how some select few profit from these panics. more

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  • The Intro

    I, like many, really enjoy this podcast. It’s topics are so interesting and each are well thought out and organized, but also like many others, I agree, the narration at the beginning is so painful for me to listen to. It’s so unnatural. Like is that purposeful? I’m honestly just confused. It really throws me off and sometimes I have to quit the episode because of how off-putting it is.

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    Oh Deeee
    United Statesa month ago
  • Great show but can’t get over narration style!

    I came to this show from You’re wrong about, but like many others, the odd, stilted recitation is unbearable. I want to learn about the content but why is the narrator talking like that?? Loosen it up, please!!

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