Welcome to the podcast that celebrates unironic enthusiasm.

Your hosts, Katie and Alexander who are both highly experienced enthusiasts, take each other (and you) on tours of topics that are weird, fun and fascinating.

Topics include historical figures, media, music, science, movies, books, comic books and much more.

There are sometimes guests who share their enthusiasms and there are detours into even weirder stuff, as the fancy strikes us.

New episode every week.


10 Latest Episodes

  • Bees – Fuzzy, cute and essential for our survival
    Bees? Yes, bees! They’re cute, they give us honey and without them we wouldn’t have food. And as all of our listeners probably know by now… WE LIKE FOOD! Learn how bees communicate through dance and pheromones and how they’ve evolved into the perfect pollinators for all of the plants we rely on. In the …
  • Tubular Bells – The BEST 70s Album You Haven’t Heard
    This classic 70s album by Mike Oldfield has no songs, no lyrics and no singles. Instead it has 49 minutes of genre-defying, beautiful, challenging and utterly innovative music. So why does Alex love it so much and how did something this weird become a huge hit? BTWs include: Peaking too soon in life Why horror …
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once – The Weirdest Coolest Funniest Everythingest Movie EVER
    STOP! Please do no to listen to this episode before you’ve watched the movie. Seriously. We mean it! The movie is SO GOOD but it’s even better if you go in not knowing ANYTHING about it. So go watch it now and then come back here and se why this is Katie’s new favorite movie. …
  • Weird Animal Mating Habits – Do It Like They Do On The Discovery Channel
    Most species have sex but some have found VERY innovative, funny, strange or just downright bizarre ways of doing it and for some reason, Katie knows a LOT about this weird world. So does Jo, an animal keeper and trainer and our first ever repeat guest. Learn why giraffes drink pee, what terrifying shape a …
  • Ella Fitzgerald – From Street Child To First Lady Of Jazz
    What a voice. What an incredible musical talent. She came out of total poverty and a life as a Manhattan street child. Ella Ftizgerald – the greatest jazz singer ever? Hear how she got her greatest hit that time she completely forgot the lyrics to Mack The Knife in Berlin. BTWs include Chick Webb, racism, …
  • Lise Nørgaard – Writer, feminist and UTTER BADASS
    Lise Nørgaard is a Danish journalist and author who discovered her superpower (writing) and has used it tirelessly to promote women’s rights and social justice. She also created Matador, the best Danish TV show EVER, and (maybe most importantly) had a pastry named after her. BTWs include implanted memories and swing dancing. In the moment …
  • Body Disposition – Wanna Be A Tree When You Die?
    We hate to break it to you, but you are going to die. What do you want people to do with your corpse? The most popular options in the west, cremation and burial, are both terrible for the environment, so in this episode Katie talks about better methods for body disposal. BTWs include voodoo dolls, …
  • The Ig Nobel Prize – The Nobel’s Funnier, Dorkier Cousin
    Everyone knows about the Nobel Prize but the Ig Nobel Prize is WAY funnier and dorkier. It is given out for science that “makes you laugh and then makes you think.” The science it awards is cool but the annual ceremony held at Harvard is the funniest thing ever. Especially how they weaponized adorable 8-year …
  • Steven Universe: Awesome Songs And Healing Spit
    Katie brings you some more Hopepunk For Squishy Marshmallows. This adorable kids’ cartoon has superheroes, great songs, healing spit and tons of gags. It also subverts masculinity and promotes queer normativity. BTWs include Florida’s “don’t say gay” law. In the moment of meta Alex issues a new challenge. Links Two great songs from the show: …
  • Rollercoasters – Puke, Screams, Fear… And Fun?
    Rollercoasters are scary. And there’s an arms race between theme parks to come up with bigger, faster and wilder rides every year. So why do we love them? Alex talks about the history, the technology and the fandom of rollercoasters and explores the intersection of fun and fear. BTWs include puke and syphilis. In the …

Latest Blog Posts

  • Hong Kong macaroni soup is surprisingly good
    The Hong Kong food Katie described in our Cha Chaan Tseng episode sounded so good and so weird that I just had to try to make some. Above you see the macaroni soup which I was honestly skeptical about. It’s just some chicken noodle soup that’s made creamy with condensed milk… and then served with …
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  • And now we’re enthusiastic on YouTube too
    In our quest to make the entire world more enthusiastic we have decided to also release our podcast episodes on Youtube – in addition of course to all the regular podcast platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and so on. That’s awesome because on YouTube you can see us while we talk. If that …
  • Don’t yuck someone else’s yum
    Do you want to have more enthusiasm in your life? Here’s a rule we suggest: Don’t yuck someone else’s yum. In other words, if someone really likes something, but you don’t, never try to talk them out of liking it. We talk about this golden commandment of enthusiasm (or enthusiandment) at 22:00 in episode 3 …
  • Enthusiastic podcast guests wanted
    We are looking for highly enthusiastic guests for some of our upcoming podcast episodes. Are you super excited about something and willing to share your passion with us and our enthusiastic audience? Let us know in a comment here. You get bonus points if your enthusiasm is for something unusual that people think could not …
  • Our very first review!!!
    The very first review of the podcast is in, from Broc Edwards who runs the Midlife Mastery podcast. Thanks for the kind words, Broc! I was previously a guest on Broc’s awesome podcast – you can hear that episode here.

Meet your hosts

They’re enthusiastic and they know it.

Katie Cobalt

Katie Cobalt

(She/her)

Katie has been practicing unironic enthusiasm her entire life. She has never once known what it was like to be ironically cool. If you ever need someone to ramble at you for hours about vintage jazz, all things food-related, cartoons and podcasts, I’m your girl!

Alexander Kjerulf

(He/him)

Alex was probably born enthusiastic. It’s not like he finds everything fascinating, just a lot of things. Or more like a ton of things. Actually, nearly everything excites him. Dammit! He’s especially into swing dancing, sci-fi, snowboarding, CrossFit, 80s pop music, cooking food, eating food, playing the ukulele, leftist videos on YouTube, improv comedy… dammit!