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American Hysteria is a podcast exploring our moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our psychology and culture, and why we end up believing them. Host Chelsey Weber-Smith explores the sometimes hilarious, sometimes distressing stories of modern and historical American freak-outs, why we fear the wrong things, and what these bizarre panics might be covering up. Subscribe now on Apple, Google, Spotify, or where ever you get your podcasts.
||Clean7: AH The Calm Down: Talking to My Christian Friends About Gay Stuff||For the Calm Down this week my guests are my two Christian friends who wish to remain anonymous, as they are sharing some anti-establishment opinions. Brianna is a poet who got her masters with me at the University of Virginia, and her husband Patrick .||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: The Gay Agenda||The purse-carrying, tutu-wearing purple Teletubby Tinky Winky was outed as a homosexual in 1999, capping off a decade of conspiratorial anti-gay writings and videos that influenced politics straight up to supreme court. Accused of using kids shows and .||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Introducing Feminist Folklore||Introducing another great podcast from Skylark Media! Feminist Folklore is a weekly storytelling and discussion podcast where each week, hosts Carlea and Rachael share a fairy tale, myth, or legend from around the world, and discuss it from a feminist .||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: AH The Calm Down: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Clown||On the Calm Down this week we are talking Phantom clowns, horror movies, and the uncanny valley. My guest is John Campopiano, an independent filmmaker, writer, and film collector who works for PBS’ Frontline His debut documentary explored Stephen King||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Phantom Clowns||For most of us living in the US, clowns have become much more associated with horror than the laughter of kids. The “killer clown” epidemic went viral in 2016, with reports across the nation of evil clowns trying to lure children into the woods, att||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: AH The Calm Down: Kids in Cauldrons and Satanic Ritual Abuse||For this week’s Calm Down we are talking about part two of Satanic Panic that focused on Satanic ritual abuse. My guest is American Hysteria’s editor and producer Rod Rodriguez of Clear Commo Studios. A US Army Reserve Intelligence Officer, Rod earn||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: Satanic Panic: Part Two||_Please be aware that this episode talks about child sexual abuse. We recommend listening to part one of Satanic Panic first._ In 1980s America, when 60% of people believed that devil worship was a serious problem, two new characters, Stranger Dange...||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: AH The Calm Down: He's Baaaack! Satanic Panic Themes in Riverdale and Sabrina||Welcome to The Calm Down, this week Chelsey is talking Satanic Panic with two friends and coworkers, siblings Will Rogers and Kristen Rogers Anderson. Will is the writer behind Skylark media’s audio drama Blackwood, an amazing series following three h||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Satanic Panic: Part One||This episode is part one of our two-part series on perhaps the most mystifying moral panic in US history, the 1980s and early 90s 'Satanic Panic.' For this episode, Chelsey covers the rise of organized Satanism beginning in the late 60s, as well as the.||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: AH The Calm Down: Hidden Anti-Semitism in Conspiracy Thought and Getting to Know Satan||The Calm Down is a mini episode of American Hysteria coming every other week. Today we’re following up on last week’s show about the illuminati, please listen to that episode first. My guest is Mark Gunnery, a queer Jewish journalist who produces th||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: The Illuminati||For this episode, we'll explore the mother-of-all conspiracy theories, the Illuminati, an alleged secret society and their evil world domination plan known as the New World Order. Chelsey takes a stroll down memory lane with friend Austin Smith, to a t.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2: AH The Calm Down: Needles & Strangers & the Illuminati, Oh My!||Every other week host Chelsey Weber-Smith will sit down with a guest to breakdown the previous episode, reveal all the stuff that was left out, as well as chat about the next week’s topic. This week, Chelsey and long time friend Jake Weholt, who you..||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Poisoned Halloween Candy||This episode takes a look at our history with candy, the desire and the panic, and explains why sweets have always been a source of fear for parents. Starting with the strange 1800s religious beliefs of Dr. Harvey Kellogg, about candy leading to sexual.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Stranger Danger||This episode explores the evolution of American's bogeyman, the Stranger, and reveals how rare these types of kidnappings really are. Through looking at the sensational child snatching crimes that have shaped our culture from the 1800s to the 1980s, an.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Introducing American Hysteria||Skylark Media presents American Hysteria, a brand new podcast exploring our moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our psychology and culture, and why we end up believing them. Host Chelsey Weber-Smith will attempt to unde.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This could be a fantastic podcast. Could be but isn’t. Every third or fourth word is Like”. I actually started counting the “likes” after three or four minutes of listening. When I got to 112 I turned it off deleted it from my library and wonder how on earth anyone can take these pre pubescent speakers seriously. Between the “likes” and the vocal fry I think this podcasts only value is to be used in a torture chamber.
Could that be true???
Chelsey does a great job of exploring the origins and often pernicious effects of panics, conspiracy theories and urban legends. She has a great talent for condensing topics without sacrificing relevant content. Great presentation- hope she doesn’t get discouraged by the haters who are bound to come out of the woodwork when she tackles the more controversial topics.
Looking forward to more
Seems like a great start.
Just FYI: you don’t pronounce either S on Des Moines, Iowa. Never have.