THESIS
(FT. NADIA SIROTA)

A few years ago, while interviewing violist Nadia Sirota about the making of her podcast Meet the Composer, I was struck by something she said:

“Somebody being joyful about something in their life is wonderful. Like that’s actually kind of something that we need in this world… And it’s fascinating to listen to people talk about stuff that they love, because it requires a little bit of vulnerability. And that’s the kind of excitement that brings you to love something yourself.”

This idea, of celebrating joy and earnest enthusiasm, stuck with me, and inspired the making of this podcast. In each episode, you’ll meet people with interests ranging from fish sauce to astrology to duct tape, learn where their love comes from, and you might just begin to share their passion as well.

Enthusiast!’s 10 episode first season premiers October 14, with episodes releasing every Wednesday until December 7. Subscribe today in your favorite podcast app.

TRANSCRIPT

Nadia Sirota: I actually feel like, um, somebody being joyful about something in their life is wonderful. Like that’s actually kind of something that we need in this world.

You know, there there’s this temptation when you’re in college to try to find the right constellation of things to hate that will make other people think that you’re smart. And it’s just really tempting and it’s really easy on some levels to sort of fall into that kind of negative world. And in classical music god knows there’s so much tearing down of people and of technique and of whatever.

Um, it’s just boring also, to listen to other people talk about what they hate, it’s so boring.

And it’s fascinating to listen to people, talk about stuff that they love because that, um, it requires a little bit of vulnerability. And also that’s the kind of excitement that brings you to love something yourself. Like anytime you have discovered a new artist through a friend, it’s not because they’ve like discarded something. It’s because they’ve been like, “you have to hear this. How amazing is this?”

Mark Bramhill: Enthusiast: a new podcast about the things we love. Tiny vignettes of unfiltered joy, enthusiasm, and delight. Produced by me, Mark Bramhill. Learn more at enthusiastpodcast.com. Thanks for listening.