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In a real sense, germs are our only modern predator and they are invisible and impossible to detect; what could be scarier? America has adjusted to the threat of germs by not only working toward cures and vaccinations, but by making uncleanliness in general a cultural symbol meant to separate social others from the affluent. Anxieties about race and immigration, about gender and sexuality and class, played out in the way products were marketed, as well as in how public policy and public opinion were formed, leading to several needless quarantines and travel bans throughout history. American’s obsession with cleanliness has become a kind of religious ritual, and scientists and psychologists now believe that the fear of germs may influence all our political and moral opinions without us evening knowing it.   American Hysteria is LIVE IN SEATTLE June 27th Get your tickets now! (   This episode is sponsored by DailyHarvest, go to and use promo code AMERICAN for three free cups in your first box   American Hysteria is written, produced, and hosted by Chelsey Weber-Smith Assistant produced by Derrick Smith Produced and edited by Clear Commo Studios ( Voice acting by Will Rogers Research assisted by Riley Smith Art by Roache (   Follow American Hysteria on social media: Twitter: AmerHysteria ( Instagram: AmericanHysteriaPodcast ( Facebook: /AmericanHysteriaPodcast (   Please rate and review the show!  

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