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.
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United States
39 episodes
since Nov. 5, 2018


4: Celebrity

Please take our LIVE SHOW survey, we want to come to your city!Whether we like to admit it or not, we have celebrities that we follow, and we can watch their dramatics play out on a public stage, their dramatics that remind us of our own. On this episode, we will trace the major events that shaped American fame as we know it, forming our fantastical ideas about celebrities and their personas on and off screen. We’ll explore the anthropology and psychology behind our celebrity celebrity obsession, a process that is actually embedded in our very DNA. We’ll also look at the history of the concept of personality, something that only came to be at the turn of the 19th century, that would shift our focus from what a person does to who a person is. The value of “character” was replaced with the value of “personality,” a philosophical shift has gotten us where we are today, for better and for worse. PLEASE TAKE OUR LIVE SHOW SURVEY SO WE CAN COME TO YOUR CITY!This episode is sponsored by Native Deodorant, for 20% off your first purchase head to nativedeodorant.com and use promo code AHThis episode is also sponsored by the podcast Case Closed, subscribe to this great show wherever you listen to podcasts.American Hysteria is written, produced, and hosted by Chelsey Weber-SmithAssistant produced by Derrick SmithProduced and edited by Clear Commo Studios Voice acting by Will RogersResearch assisted by Riley SmithArt by Roache  Follow American Hysteria on social media:Twitter: AmerHysteria Instagram: AmericanHysteriaPodcastFacebook: /AmericanHysteriaPodcast
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