Enthusiast! is a new podcast about what brings us joy. In each episode we learn about somebody through what they’re passionate about, from fish sauce to astrology to airplanes to duct tape. In just 5–10 minutes, we learn where their enthusiasm comes from, what’s special about their interest, and how we can all come to love it, too.
Earnest enthusiasm is rarely celebrated — insults like “geeks” and “nerds” are defined by liking things too much. But there’s something magical and transportive in hearing someone share what they love, so much that by the end of each episode you feel that same delight.
Enthusiast! is non-narrated, allowing you to inhabit the joy of others. The show is tightly edited and carefully sound-designed.
This release comes at a time when there’s a lot to feel rightfully overwhelmed by. Enthusiast! is a brief respite of joy, hope, and optimism for this moment.
Erika Janik: Apples
Trin Garritano: Plants
Neven Mrgan: Fish Sauce
Email: EnthusiastFM [AT] gmail [DOT] com
You can listen to Enthusiast! on our website, enthusiastpodcast.com, on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Castro, Spotify, or any other podcast app. We publish transcripts for each episode on our website.
Enthusiast!’s 10 episode first season debuted on October 14 and concluded on December 10. Stay tuned for news on future seasons.
PRAISE FOR ENTHUSIAST!
“Enthusiast! is just what I needed right now. I gobbled [the episodes] up like a fistful of after-dinner mints. It’s the perfect replication of meeting a fascinating stranger at a bar or a party. It’s so lovely.”
— Avery Trufelman, The Cut
“Crisply edited and bursting with positivity… Hearing the unbridled excitement and indulgent curiosity of each guest as they discuss the object of their enthusiasm is a real treat.”
— Podcast Review Staff, The LA Review of Books
“My brain is so burnt out from the insanity of the past week — month? year? decade? — that a simple declaration of quiet enthusiasm seems to be a revelation to my ears. That’s precisely what you get from Enthusiast!, a delightful bite-size podcast dedicated to recording various people talking about things they’re personally, truly passionate about.”
— Nick Quah, 1.5x Speed / Vulture
There’s something about hearing passionate people talk about the things they love that’s super uplifting… Enthusiast! is one of the few things that comes close to capturing that same magic of getting to know someone, and the things they love, for the first time.
— CBC Podcast Playlist
“It feels rare to encounter sincere earnestness these days, but Mark Bramhill’s Enthusiast! feels a bit like an antidote.”
— Ashley Lusk, Bello Collective
Enthusiast! is produced by Mark Bramhill. Music is by Ashton Paul Drake, Mark Bramhill, the galaxy’s own Breakmaster Cylinder, and others. Podcast artwork is by Neven Mrgan. Episode illustrations by Jessie Lamworth, Anna Delos Angeles, and Kolin Pope. Editorial and communications consulting by Lenna Mendoza.
Mark Bramhill is a radio and podcast producer based in Seattle, WA. He works as a producer for BirdNote, a daily two-minute show about birds and the environment. He is also the creator and host of Welcome to Macintosh, a show about Apple, its history, and the community around it. His work has aired on popular shows like 99% Invisible, Twenty Thousand Hertz, and NPR’s Here & Now. He was the runner-up for the 2018 Miller Audio Prize in Documentary and won the UnFictional Award for KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race in 2016. He has interned with NPR’s Planet Money and is an alum of the Transom Story Workshop. He is also the creator of the yoga emoji 🧘♀️