American Hysteria

22 EpisodesProduced by Skylark Media

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 f… read more

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11: Skylark Presents: Feminist Folklore

April 15th, 2019


Feminist Folklore is a weekly podcast from Skylark Media, assistant produced by Chelsey Weber-Smith. Each week, Carlea Holl-Jensen and Rachel Marr …

11: The Momo Suicide Challenge

April 8th, 2019


The newest viral internet urban legend focuses on an entity named Momo, a creepy humanoid figure with giant eyes, a strange too-wide smile, and grotesque chicken legs, said to message teens and kids on messaging apps …

10: The End of the World

March 25th, 2019


It has been said that the apocalypse is as American as apple pie, and for our season finale we are exploring different versions of the end of the world, the hyper-religious, the new age, and the scientific, as well as …

9: AH The Calm Down: The Morality of Drugs and the Opioid Crisis

March 18th, 2019


This week we will be discussing the history of drug panic in the United States and its effects in the present day. My guest is Sarah Deutsch, a …

9: Drugs

March 11th, 2019


This episode contains references to graphic racism

When a security camera caught footage of a 31-year-old Florida resident eating the face of a …

8: AH The Calm Down: Murdered on Lovers' Lane

February 25th, 2019


For this week's episode of the Calm Down, my guests are the women of Feminist Folklore, our partner podcast at Skylark media. Each week Carela …

8: Teenage Sex

February 18th, 2019


In 1996, Scream taught American teenagers the first rule to surviving a horror movie. Never, ever have sex. Classic slasher movies have their roots …

7: AH The Calm Down: Talking to My Christian Friends About Gay Stuff

February 11th, 2019


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 …

7: The Gay Agenda

February 4th, 2019


The purse-carrying, tutu-wearing purple Teletubby Tinky Winky was outed as a homosexual in 1999, capping off a decade of conspiratorial anti-gay …

6: Introducing Feminist Folklore

January 29th, 2019


Introducing another great podcast from Skylark Media! Feminist Folklore is a weekly storytelling and discussion podcast where each week, hosts Carlea …

6: AH The Calm Down: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Clown

January 27th, 2019


On the Calm Down this week we are talking Phantom clowns, horror movies, and the uncanny valley. My guest is John Campopiano, an independent …

6: Phantom Clowns

January 21st, 2019


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 …

5: AH The Calm Down: Kids in Cauldrons and Satanic Ritual Abuse

January 14th, 2019


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 …

5: Satanic Panic: Part Two

January 7th, 2019


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 …

5: AH The Calm Down: He's Baaaack! Satanic Panic Themes in Riverdale and Sabrina

December 17th, 2018


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 …

4: Satanic Panic: Part One

December 10th, 2018


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 …

3: AH The Calm Down: Hidden Anti-Semitism in Conspiracy Thought and Getting to Know Satan

December 3rd, 2018


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, …

3: The Illuminati

November 26th, 2018


For this episode, we'll explore the mother-of-all conspiracy theories, the Illuminati, an alleged secret society and their evil world domination plan …

2: AH The Calm Down: Needles & Strangers & the Illuminati, Oh My!

November 19th, 2018


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 …

2: Poisoned Halloween Candy

November 12th, 2018


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 …

1: Stranger Danger

November 12th, 2018


This episode explores the evolution of American's bogeyman, the Stranger, and reveals how rare these types of kidnappings really are. Through looking …

1: Introducing American Hysteria

November 5th, 2018


Skylark Media presents American Hysteria, a brand new podcast exploring our moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our …

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