American Hysteria

is creating a podcast about our moral panics and fantastical thinking

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About American Hysteria

American Hysteria is a podcast exploring the fantastical thinking and irrational fears of Americans through the lenses of moral panics, urban legends, conspiracy theories, and trends of wild thinking, how they shape our history and culture, and why we end up believing them.

Through meticulous research as well as personal narrative, poet-turned-podcaster Chelsey Weber-Smith examines the sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying stories of historical and modern American freak-outs, how psychology and biology inform our personalities and politics, and the real social issues these bizarre panics often acts to cover up. An in-depth alternative history, the show analyzes how clashes around race, gender, sexuality, and class have informed our fears from the Puritans to the present.
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