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

  • The Art Of Drag: Blowing up gender in STYLE
    Drag is not just men dressing as women – it’s a playful and enthusiastic art form that messes with our preconceived notions of gender and identity. Katie – who is about to do drag herself for the first time – shares the history of drag, the most iconic performances and which seasons of RuPaul’s drag …
  • Hallelujah: The Prettiest (And Most Abused) Song In The World
    This amazing song took 7 years to write and was then roundly ignored. Only after a cover version and the untimely death of an artist did the song finally become popular. Since then, Leonard Cohen’s masterpiece has been covered at least 300 times and was used in The West Wing, Scrubs, Watchmen, Shrek and much …
  • Cynthia and Hatsune: Fictional women who became real
    Cynthia Gaba was a celebrity in 1930s high society in New York. Hatsune Miku is a singer with a global fan base who has even gone to space. But here’s the twist: Cynthia was a mannequin and Hatsune is 100% digital! How did two women, who are clearly not “real” in the traditional sense, become …
  • Ultramarathons: Extreme running and the nutcases who enjoy it
    Mark Dowds was out of shape and nearing 40 when he discovered ultra-marathons and has now run several dozen of them. Mark tells us what it’s like to run 50km (or 75 or 100 or more!) in steep terrain and challenging conditions, the extreme emotions you experience and how he maintains his enthusiasm for both …
  • Cosplay: Going Hard With Hot Glue And A Dream
    Our guest in this episode is Agent Colbert, a very enthusiastic cosplayer who’s known for her vintage aesthetic, rocking Agent Carter and the marvelous Mrs Maisel cosplays but who has also done everything from Ty Lee from Avatar the last Airbender to Velma from Scooby Doo. Learn what it takes to cosplay, what it’s like …
  • Niels Bohr: The Man Who Played Dice With The Universe… And Won
    Alex gets his hometown pride on and celebrates the life of fellow Copenhagener Niels Bohr, a man who revolutionized physics twice over. He may be the smartest person in physics… and he was definitely the nicest! Hear about Bohr’s epic feud with Einstein (drama!) and get a very short intro to the weird and freaky …
  • Dune, The Novel: 1000 Times Better Than The Movie(s)
    Now that Villeneuve’s Dune movie is finally coming out in America, it’s time for Alex to try to convince Katie to read a book that is notoriously long and complex… but ultimately worth it. Dune is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time. It was written by American author Frank Herbert, and came out …
  • Cha Chaan Teng: Hong Kong’s Bizarre East/West Fusion Diners
    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 tel that serve a bizarre but delicious Asian take on the western food that the British served in their restaurants. Hear about the pineapple buns that contain zero pineapple, …
  • Swing Guitar: Preserving A Legacy With Enthusiasm (And Spite)
    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 play it, they don’t do it right and it ends up sounding more like …
  • Avatar The Last Airbender: The Cartoon That Will Save The World
    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, just when we all needed …

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!