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 Amen Break – Why Is This 6- Second Dirty Drum Solo Used In 6,000 Other Songs?
    You may not have heard OFF The Amen Break – but you’ve definitely heard it. But how did this 6-second drum solo become the world’s most used sample and show up in 6,000 other songs – from Slipknot the Futurama theme. Alex shares the fascinating history behind The Amen Break, how it was discovered, what …
  • Parasites – Beautiful And Gross And Everywhere
    Parasites are everywhere – in us and on us and on animals as well. And our guest Pikka Jokkelainen is very enthusiastic about them and even finds them beautiful. Learn all about these fascinating life forms and especially about Toxoplasma Gondii – a parasite you (or your cat) might very well have right now! BTWs …
  • M – How Fritz Lang Revolutionized Movies And Trolled Nazis
    Of all the movies movies Katie was forced to watch when she studied cinema – this is the one she’s actually enthusiastic about. M is a 1931 movie by German director Fritz Lang that revolutionized the art form. So many of the tricks and techniques you see in nearly all modern movies were first used …
  • RRR Again – Our Reactions And Your Comments
    So… a funny thing happened: Our episode where Katie introduced Alex to the EPIC Indian action movie RRR got SUPER popular, so here we follow up on the reactions, share the best comments and hear what Alex thought of it once he got to see it. BTWs include: The Hayes Code The different ways Brits …
  • Koyaanisqatsi – The EPIC 80s Movie With No Actors, No Plot And No Dialogue
    Imagine a movie with no plot, no characters, no actors, no dialogue, no narration, no stunts, no CGI, no special effects and no sound – only super minimalist music. HOW is this movie not a complete boring train wreck? In this episode, Alex shares his love for a groundbreaking 1980s movie that is utterly beautiful …
  • Orcas – Smart, Playful, Awesome And Misunderstood
    Orcas are awesome and Katie is ready to give you all the reasons why – including their intelligence, playfulness and understanding of fluid dynamics. You can also learn why they are, surprisingly, neither killers nor whales! BTWs include: What Orcas are called in Danish and (obviously) Free Willy! In the Moment Of Meta we officially …
  • Tove Jansson – Moomin Trolls And Anti-Fascism
    The Moomin Trolls are nothing but cute, cuddly, innocent kids’ stories right? Wrong! And the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, was just a kids’ writer, right? WRONG! She was also a novelist, poet, painter and all-round badass and Alex shares 5 reasons why you should be enthusiastic about her, BTWs include queer erasure, dancing …
  • Mad Max Fury Road – This Movie Should Not Work… So Why Is It SO AMAZING?
    How does this movie even work? A 70-year old grandpa and his wife make the most insane, over-the-top, high octane action movie EVER? Alex has a theory: It works only because EVERY element of it is insane. This completes our trilogy of episodes on maximalist movies that started with Everything Everywhere All At Once and …
  • Trixie Mattel – The World’s Hardest-working Drag Queen
    Of all the drag queens in all the world Katie loves Trixie Mattel the most and in this episode you’ll hear a ton of reasons why you should be enthusiastic about her too. This includes her insane work ethic, how funny she is and of course her long-standing partnership with Katia. BTWs include: Makeup Lying …
  • RRR: The Epic Indian Action Movie That Goes ALL-IN on EVERYTHING
    RRR (Rise, Roar and Revolt) is a brand-new Indian movie that has Katie VERY enthusiastic because of the insane action, the crazy high energy and the men’s fashions. Just don’t talk to her about whatever it is the women are wearing! It is a HUGE blockbuster in India and worldwide and you can see it …

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!