American Hysteria explores moral panics, conspiracy theories, urban legends, and how fantastical thinking has shaped our culture from the Puritans to the present. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying, sometimes heartfelt, host Chelsey Weber-Smith tells the strangest stories from American history that have created the reality we share, or maybe more accurately, the reality we don't.
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On this Episode of The Satanic Panic, Cameron and Hannah discus the book Michelle Remembers by Lawrence Pazder. Michelle Remembers was the book that sparked the uprising of recovered memory and memory regression therapy.Michelle recalls the time in her past when she was ritualistically abused by a satanic cult. These memories and therapy sessions were turned into a best selling book that people devoured. But how much of it was true? We also touch on memory studies by our friend Elizabeth Loftus and explain how our memories can be altered to fit the desires of our therapists. We tend to think of our own minds as steel traps, putting faith in the fact that we know what we know. But with the rise of the False Memory Syndrome, one can’t help but wonder just how malleable our memory is.