Razorblades in apples, babysitters on acid, killers in backseats and “rainbow parties”: In this episode, Mike and Sarah investigate the scary stories Americans tell each other and discover the actual anxieties behind them. Turn on your high beams for this one.
- “The Razor Blade in the Apple: The Social Construction of Urban Legends”
- Miriam Forman-Brunell’s awesome book on babysitters
- Snopes’ debunking of the “killer in the backseat” myth
- The terrible 2005 New York Times article asking whether “rainbow parties” are real
- Caitlin Flanagan’s 2006 “streetwalker” opus in the Atlantic
The first two times Sarah mentions Miriam Forman-Brunell’s book, she calls her “Miriam Forman-Brunelli.” Sorry!