PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 39: Urban Legends

by | Feb 7, 2012 04:26 PM ET

I remember the first urban legend I ever heard. At least, I thought I did before I started researching this episode. Inspired in part by possibly apocryphal e-mail we got after our baby names episode, this ep takes a dive into the world of hook-handed murderers, razor-bladed apples and grossout food experiences. Plus:

My research:

  • Best, Joel and Gerald T. Horiuchi. "The Razor Blade in the Apple: The Social Construction of Urban Legends." Social Problems. Vol. 32 no. 5. June 1985
  • Heath, Chip et al. "Emotional Selection in Memes: The Case of Urban Legends." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Vol. 18, No. 6
  • Fernback, Jan. "Legends on the Net: An Examination of Computer-mediated Communication as a Locus of Oral Culture." New Media and Society. Vol. 5, No. 1

Holly's research:

Episode link: Urban Legends

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