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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. 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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Rod Crawford is the curator of the arachnids and related research collections at Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. His website called Spider Myths debunks the many misconceptions about spiders, and for this episode, he joins me t... more

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For this Urban Legends Hotline episode, we are dissecting the myth that the average person swallows a certain number of spiders in their sleep by following this false fact's bizarre and mysterious trail on the early internet, looking at other spider-... more

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  • Get this host a voice coach

    Oooof it’s hard to handle. When the whole show depends on the hosts voice, I wish they’d hire someone that doesn’t sound like a sarcastic millennial know it all. more

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  • interesting

    don’t worry about the haters and people who complain about the cadence, no one can please everyone in the world

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    Canada22 days ago
  • Great show

    Became a fan from You’re Wrong About, which is also good. Discussing, analyzing, debunking Moral panics and other myths make for great journeys.

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    Canadaa month ago
  • Nuclear Semiotics - AWESOME

    This is one of the BEST shows I’ve ever listened to. Great story telling, music, facts, honestly everything was amazing.

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    United Statesa month ago
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    I love this show so much thank you for all the effort and research put in to create these episodes and the clever language always keeps me engaged!

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