Electric Enthusiasm

Welcome to the podcast that celebrates unironic enthusiasm. Your hosts, both highly experienced enthusiasts, take each other (and you) on tours of topics that are fun, fascinating and exciting.

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.

Listen for the three words you love to hear: “By the way…”


Latest Episodes

  • Cha Chaan Teng: Hong Kong’s Bizarre East/West Fusion Diners
    Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, other platforms… or watch it on YouTube. In this episode we talk food and that gets Katie REALLY excited as she shares her enthusiasm for Hong Kong’s Cha Chaan Tengs – cheap informal diners that serve a bizarre but delicious Asian take on the western food that the …
  • Swing Guitar – Preserving A Legacy With Enthusiasm (And Spite)
    Listen on: Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, other platforms… or watch it on YouTube. Swing music is amazing but real swing music that actually sounds like it did in the 30s and 40s is depressingly rare these days. Modern jazz musicians tend to look down on swing jazz and even when they do try to …
  • Avatar The Last Airbender – The Cartoon That Will Save The World
    Listen on: Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, other platforms… Avatar The Last Airbender is on paper a kids cartoon show… but it’s also so much more than that. Over three seasons it tells a story that is poignant, thrilling, funny and – above all – hopeful. Pretty good timing of Netflix to get it onto their service in 2020, …
  • Modesty Blaise – 1000 Times Cooler Than James Bond
    Listen on: Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, other platforms… or watch it on YouTube. Modesty Blaise kicks as much butt as 007 but she does it with way more style and way less borderline rape. Meet the coolest action heroine of the 60s who began her adventures in newspaper comic strips before making her way into novels and some …
  • The Banjo – Loud, Fun And… Sexy?
    Listen on: Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, other platforms… People have a TON of misconceptions about the banjo and often dismiss it as the instrument of hillbillies or rednecks. But did you know that it’s an instrument with a huge history and tradition that can be both loud, fun and… sexy? Our guest enthusiast in …
  • Josephine Baker – the most interesting woman in the world
    Listen on: Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, other platforms… or watch it on YouTube. Singer, dancer, entertainer… but also civil rights activist and spy for France during WWII. Josephine Baker truly is the most interesting woman in the world. Hear all about her amazing life, including her cheetah that would often escape its leash and …
  • Episode 1: Harpo Marx – The Happiest Nudist in Hollywood
    Listen on: Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, other platforms… Harpo Marx (of the Marx Brothers) was a genius of physical comedy but, maybe more impressively, he was a nice and fun person who lived a truly happy life. Raised in a poor Jewish family on Manhattan and thrown out of school (literally) in 2nd grade, …

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!