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 and lesbian cottage core.

In the moment of meta Katie talks about saying “YES!” to new adventures.

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 RRR.

BTWs include feminism, Aliens and Mel Gibson.

In the moment of meta Katie talks about being enthusiastic about your hobbies when you also get paid to do them.

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 to the media
  • Staying friends in showbiz
  • What Katie wants for her birthday

Moment Of Meta

In the moment of meta Alex gives some tips on how to be enthusiastic about your job. Yes – it’s possible!

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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 on Netflix right now – but first listen to this episode to hear exactly how awesome it is.

BTWs include:

  • What is Tollywood and why is it different from Bollywood
  • Why you should watch RRR with British people

Moment Of Meta

In the Moment Of Meta we talk about an ad that enraged Alex and how to use hobbies as a source of enthusiasm.

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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 Moment Of Meta, we review the 9 enthusiandments we’ve proposed so far:

  1. Don’t yuck someone else’s yum!
  2. Any topic can be fascinating when presented with enthusiasm.
  3. Make sure to share your enthusiasms enthusiastically (you are not too much).
  4. Thou shalt not fake enthusiasm!
  5. You don’t have to participate in something to be enthusiastic about it.
  6. It’s OK to be enthusiastic about something that is flawed.
  7. Be enthusiastic about people. Always tell your friends what you like about them.
  8. You don’t have to be an expert in something to be enthusiastic about it (but researching a thing can deepen your enthusiasm for it).
  9. Seek out adjacent enthusiasms.

Do you have a suggestion for number 10? Tell us all about it in a comment.

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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 movies suck
  • How to diss someone in morse code in your music
  • Musical marmite

In the Moment Of Meta, Katie talks about why we shouldn’t just look for consent – we should be enthusiasm detectives.

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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.

We will say that it includes Michelle Yeoh in the role of her life! And nothing else.

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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 duck’s penis has, why anglerfish males are the ultimate clingy boyfriends and much more.

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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, Marilyn Monroe and Alex’s new favorite expression for something really quiet.

In the moment of meta Alex talks about letting go of enthusiasms.

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 of meta Alex Katie shares a story of how she used enthusiasm to defuse an online feud.