The Enthusiasm Enthusiast

73 EpisodesProduced by Katie Ward

On The Enthusiasm Enthusiast, host Katie Ward talks with the feminists influencing our politics, media, science, and culture. At the heart of every interview is the essential question, "What are you really enthusiastic about right now?" Katie Ward is an actor, writer, activist, and mom. However, she… read more

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Real American, Parenting, and Allyship: With Julie Lythcott-Haims

October 30th, 2018

Julie Lythcott-Haimsis a lot of things. She's a daughter. She's a mother. She's the former Dean of Freshman at Stanford University and a Ted Talk …

Ain't No Party Like A Voting Party: With Angie Jean-Marie

October 16th, 2018

The people at Vote Togetherhave spent the past couple of years studying ways to increase voter turnout. One way they've found to get people to the …

Britney Spears, Feminist Contradiction: With Jen Zaborowski

October 2nd, 2018

Some people are performers, and some people are cultural touchstones. Britney Spears has gone beyond singer/dancer/actor/talent judge to permanent …

Racism, Sexism, and Jar Jar Binks: With Ahmed Best

September 18th, 2018

On this episode, Ahmed Best and I continue our discussion about Star Wars. We talk about how the backlash Ahmed experienced is both similar and different to what Loan Tran(originally known to audiences as Kelly Marie …

Racism, Sexism, and Jar Jar Binks: With Ahmed Best

September 4th, 2018

Trigger Warning: Suicide

In July, my friend Ahmed Best revealed that in his darkest days he contemplated taking his own life. The pendulum of his …

Rise Up For Roe: With Lauren Duca, Cecile Richards, Alyssa Milano, Jess McIntosh, Meagan Hatcher-Mays, and Jess Morales Rocketto

August 22nd, 2018

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, my heart dropped, and I wasn't alone. Millions of women who have marched, organized, and donated saw their civil rights being swept away from our …

How To Travel For Next To Nothing: With Nina Manni

August 8th, 2018

One of my favorite things is to see is when a friend keys into their passion. This has been the case with my friend and repeat guest, Nina Manni. She left her comedy career behind when she realized it wasn't making her …

Therapy Is For Everyone: With Matt Marr

July 23rd, 2018

If you have ever felt like therapy was not for you, this episode is for you. I wanted to open up a little about my experience with therapy, and eliminate some of the stigma around it. It was the perfect time to give you …

Smaller Elections, Huge Impact: With Anna Eskamani

July 10th, 2018

Do you know who holds office for your district in the House of Representatives for your State? If you don't, you're not alone. With the country so …

Escapism, Ibiza, and Housewives: With Lauryn Kahn

June 26th, 2018

Raise your hand if you need a mental health break. I know I do. If this is you too, I highly recommend checking out the Netflix film, Ibiza. It stars Gillian Jacobs (Community), Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Phoebe Robinson (2 …

Authenticity As The Key To Success: With Jamie Grayson aka The Baby Guy NYC

June 12th, 2018

It's Pride Month! I want to wish all of my LGTBQ+ listeners a joyful Pride!

As part of the celebration, I wanted to talk with some of queer people in …

Athletes As Activists: With Liz Loza, Celeste Bell, Scout Bassett, and Dr. Jen Welter

May 31st, 2018

One of my favorite parts of the United State Of Women Summitwas attending the Athletes As Activists panel. It was organized by Dr. Kimberly Clay who …

More Intuitive Eating: With Jessi Haggerty and Elyse Resch

May 15th, 2018

I was introduced to Intuitive Eating through listening to The BodyLove Project with Jessi Haggerty. It's been a formative influence on me, as it has been for so many others who listen to her show. I was honored when 

Intuitive Eating: With Elyse Resch

May 1st, 2018

Some women are earth shakers, and on this show, I'm grateful to speak with lots of them. In this case, there was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake while I …

How Women Navigate Legal Cannabis

April 17th, 2018

If you missed Part 1 (Moms & Weed) and Part 2 (Women Running The Cannabis Industry) of my Women & Weed series, definitely check them out. In part 3, we get down to brass tacks. What's the difference between THC …

Women Running The Cannabis Industry: With Leslie Siu

April 3rd, 2018

Millions of women experience the anguish of postpartum depression. For Leslie Siu, her burden became her inspiration. The antidote to her PPD was also the synchronistic moment she found her business. As the CEO and …

Moms & Weed: With Kim Griffin

March 20th, 2018

Is weed the new "wine" for moms? As cannabis products become widely legally available across the U.S., women are finding themselves exploring everything from edibles to vapes to sublingual sprays. They're using cannabis …

Self Care In The Digital Age: With Callie Schweitzer

March 6th, 2018

Are you addicted to your phone? Do you want to sleep better? How much of your joy or pain is related to social media? These are the questions Thrive Global is aiming to help you navigate. Callie Schweitzer is the Chief …

Sex, Orgasms, & How Not To Pee Your Pants

February 20th, 2018

In the 3rd and final episode in our women's health series, Dr. Sherry answers your questions about the elusive G spot, the benefits of working with a primary care physician vs. an ob/gyn, pelvic floor exercises to help …

Fertility, Pregnancy, & Postpartum: With Dr. Sherry Ross, M.D.

February 6th, 2018

We still have copies of Dr. Sherry's book, She-Ology, to give away. If you'd like a signed copy of the book, please email

The Curiosity Hour Podcast: With Katie Ward

December 12th, 2017

Dan and Tommy from The Curiosity Hour Podcast were kind enough to invite me on their show! They asked me all about what inspires me (Beyoncé), the …

Talking Women's Health: With Dr. Sherry Ross, M.D.

November 28th, 2017

Sheryl A. Ross, M.D., “Dr. Sherry,” is an award-winning OBGYN, entrepreneur, author and women’s health expert. She has been a practicing OB/GYN for …

#DisabledAndCute: With Keah Brown

November 15th, 2017

Keah Brown is not here to inspire you. What she is intending to do is be a beacon of self love, professional success, and next level cuteness. She's also willing to call out people who don't respect the intersectional …

Surviving Grief: With Kate Spencer

November 1st, 2017

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Fighting Injustice: With Rabia Chaudry

October 17th, 2017

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Lilith Fair 20 Years Later: With Lisa Loeb & Terry McBride

October 3rd, 2017

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Millennial Journalism Is Giving Me Life: With Lily Herman

September 14th, 2017

58:02

In 2016, a beautiful trend began. Some of the BEST journalism came from one of the most unexpected places, Teen Vogue. Lily Herman is one of the …

What We Can Learn From Charlottesville: With Summer Martin

August 16th, 2017

51:47

On Saturday, an acquaintance of mine posted in a private Facebook group of which we're both a part, that she was both angry and scared about the events in Charlottesville, VA. She's an African-American woman in a group …

Moms In Film: With Heather Denton & Christy Lamb

August 2nd, 2017

1:10:25

Heather Denton has worked with Jill Soloway, Quentin Tarantino, and many other filmmakers. She gives me the skinny on how she has managed motherhood …

Representation In Storytelling: With Nicole Blades

July 19th, 2017

54:32

Nicole Blades is many things - journalist, author, podcaster, and mom. She's a bundle of talent and insight partnered with the gentle spirit we've …

GLOW: With Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson, & Britney Young

July 4th, 2017

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First Family Of Drag: With Detox & Patty Sanderson

June 6th, 2017

44:06

RuPaul's Drag Race changed both the landscape of television and mainstream gay culture. One of the biggest stars to come out of the show is Detox. …

Well Adjusted Child Stars: With Christine Lakin

May 24th, 2017

58:39

Christine Lakin was the first child star I met as an adult. Like a lot of kids of the 90's, I spent every Friday watching ABC's TGIF lineup including …

Treating Thyroid Cancer: With Dr. Naifa Busaidy

May 8th, 2017

1:01:32

The cancer with the highest and fastest rise since 1970 is thyroid cancer. It is disproportionately affecting women. According to the American Cancer Society, about 56,870 new cases of thyroid cancer (42,470 in women, …

Broadway Baby: With Ilana Levine

April 25th, 2017

55:20

To my knowledge, Ilana Levine is the only actor who learned she could sing AFTER she was cast in a Broadway musical. Her path as a performer has been …

Surrogacy: With Erica Schroepfer

April 11th, 2017

49:50

People have so much judgement about parenting, from what to feed your kids to where they sleep. There's also incredible judgement about how people become parents. I was shocked to find out how controversial surrogacy is …

Pioneering Space & Motherhood: With Dr. Anna Fisher

March 28th, 2017

48:57

Dr. Anna Fisher gave birth to her first daughter on a Friday and was back at NASA for a work meeting on Monday. Let that sink in for a moment. Dr. Fisher is exceptional in so many ways. She was one of the only women in …

Dining For Women: With Beth Ellen Holimon & Nancy Stern

March 14th, 2017

52:34

Dining For Women has blossomed into a non-profit organization with thousands of members nationwide. Local chapters of friends get together to eat and learn about the needs of women and girls in international …

Winning At Feminism: With Beth Newell

March 1st, 2017

52:01

If you haven't already, spend some time perusing the Reductress website with headlines like "We Drew These Disney Princesses As Size 10s And Now They Are All Being Harassed On Twitter" or "4 Ways To Make Life Easier For …

Ambition Shifts: With Hana Schank & Elizabeth Wallace

February 15th, 2017

54:40

What happens when that isn't how your career unfolds? What happens when your partner's career takes off and yours takes a hit as the supporting half …

Micro Activism: With Joey Slamon

January 31st, 2017

1:04:29

Joey Slamon is a lot of things. She's a tv writer and producer (Arrested Development, Those Who Can't, I'm Sorry). She's a co-creator of the wildly …

White Nonsense Roundup: With Terri Kempton

January 17th, 2017

55:06

In high school, an Indian-American friend of mine came to school with her hands and feet covered in mehndi after wearing it for a family …

Autism Support: With J-Jaye Hurley

January 4th, 2017

53:03

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance …

Healing Depression: With Janna Barber

December 20th, 2016

43:55

Janna Barber isn't your typical preacher's daughter from the South. She's a woman who got a tattoo to mark the loss of two pregnancies. She's an understated warrior who has battled depression off and on for almost 20 …

Guest Updates/Censored Women: With Paula Kweskin

December 13th, 2016

36:48

This ep starts with updates on some of my most popular guests - Katie Von Till (Heartbreak Part 1), Kim Evey (Road To Adoption), and Lauren Koenig (

Trans Visibility: With D'Jamel Young

November 29th, 2016

43:04

In a decade, how does one go from being a teenager with little to no options for the future to being an invited guest of the White House? This is the story of D'Jamel Young. He's a trans activist, model, and actor. …

Real Women's Fantasies: With Angie Greenup & Julie Fishman

November 16th, 2016

49:19

The super fun ladies of the First Timers podcast Angie Greenup and Julie Fishman are my guests for this go round. What happens when 3 straight …

Refugee Aid: With Milana Vayntrub & Erin Gerber

October 27th, 2016

1:06:43

Milana Vayntrub and Erin Gerber aren't just talking about how to make the world a better place. They're doing it by supporting refugees and migrants. Milana's is a face you may recognize from tv, film, and …

Birthdays: With Wendi McLendon-Covey

October 11th, 2016

43:06

Actor Wendi McLendon-Covey is all heart and 0 effs. This special mix is why she's compelling as a person and a performer. She was about to abandon …

Reproductive Rights: With Ilyse Hogue

September 27th, 2016

49:21

Ilyse Hogue is the President of NARAL Pro-Choice America and one of the leading voices on not just reproductive rights, but all civil rights for women. She shared with me her expertise on the Hyde Amendment and her …

Good Girls Revolt: With Lynn Povich, Jaime Andrews, & Hannah Barefoot

September 13th, 2016

1:11:04

Did you know in 1970 the first all-female class-action lawsuit was brought about by employees at Newsweek? Some of the brightest voices in journalism had been working and stagnating at the magazine for years - Nora …

Death Penalty: With Gwen Freeman

August 24th, 2016

38:52

If the death penalty is about providing vengeance and/or closure to crime victims and their families, are those needs being served by the existing …

Feminism & Football: With Liz Loza

August 10th, 2016

51:50

Y'all. It's almost football season! It's an exciting time of nerves and elation. I needed someone to share my enthusiasm for the sport and talk about the complexities of being a female fan. So, I reached out to Liz …

Pregnancy Loss: With Lauren Koenig & Maribeth Ayers Stickel

August 2nd, 2016

1:13:32

The thing I find myself most inspired by and passionate about is sharing the stories of women. So, while I'm definitely not "enthusiastic" about pregnancy loss, I am very fired up about making women feel less alone …

Female Partnerships Part 2: With Autumn Reeser & Jenn Wong

July 19th, 2016

47:06

As you may remember from my chat with the women of Laurelly, I love a female partnership. So, I really wanted to talk with the insanely busy and …

Getting Women Into Public Office: With Sara Guillermo

July 12th, 2016

41:16

In 2015, 104 (76D, 28R) women held seats in the United States Congress, comprising 19.4% of the 535 members; 20 women (20%) serve in the United States Senate, and 84 women (19.3%) serve in the United States House of …

Female Partnerships: With Lauren Pritchard & Kelly Vrooman

July 6th, 2016

53:57

Can you be nice and be funny? Can you be nice, female, and funny? Can you be nice, female, funny, and SUCCESSFUL? Lauren Pritchard and Kelly Vrooman can and are doing that very thing. Their duo, Laurelly, is …

American Slavery Part 2: With Dr. Mary Furlong Minkoff

June 28th, 2016

35:51

If you haven't already, take the time to listen to Part 1 of my discussion with my sister, Dr. Mary Furlong Minkoff about American Slavery. She's an …

American Slavery Part 1: With Dr. Mary Furlong Minkoff

June 21st, 2016

32:33

I've often said my sister, Dr. Mary Furlong Minkoff, is the coolest person I know. Case in point: She runs marathons. She cooks like a champ. She's …

Disability Visability: With Teal Sherer

June 14th, 2016

37:01

Teal Sherer left a really nice comment on Kim Evey's facebook post of our interview. I didn't know who Teal was, but I like compliments, so I looked at her page. Well, it turns out she's a really talented, funny, and …

Heroism: With Sonia Ulrich

June 8th, 2016

41:19

By now, their story has reached millions of people. You've probably read or heard about how 3 women (Sonia Ulrich, Monica Kenyon, and Marla Saltzer) worked together along with the staff of Fig restaurant to save …

Living Your Vows: With Marian & Heatherlynn Gonzalez

May 31st, 2016

43:20

Make no mistake. I LOVE WEDDINGS! I love every little bit of wedding planning and details. This summer, for the first time, I'm officiating a wedding, and I'm pumped up! I love the couple very much and feel …

The Road To Motherhood: With Kim Evey

May 25th, 2016

53:14

Kim Evey has been at the forefront of modern entertainment for almost a decade. She was a YouTube pioneer and producer of one of the biggest web series of all time, The Guild. So, trying to figure out how and when to …

Heartbreak Part 2: With Celia Finkelstein

May 20th, 2016

39:00

I met Celia Finkelstein when she shot the photos for the podcast. We're both from Florida, have a ton of friends in common, and share lots of the …

Heartbreak Part 1: With Katie Von Till

May 11th, 2016

28:34

Heartache comes in all shapes and sizes. Katie Von Till knows a thing or two about personal and professional heartbreaks. We talked about crying it out and the power of perspective. Luckily, as the current voice of …

Determination: With Jacqui Pitman

May 3rd, 2016

42:16

How does one go from surviving a childhood of abuse, multiple foster homes, and the loss of a younger brother to running a hugely successful …

Resiliency: With Simone Marean & Monique Hale

April 27th, 2016

48:37

Girls Leadership Co-Founder and Executive Director Simone Marean

 

One of the traits I most admire in someone is resiliency. I really got to thinking about it as a woman and as a mom after I took a workshop called …

Shame: With Nina Manni & Jenelle Riley

April 18th, 2016

41:00

Shame is something I’ve struggled with in my own life. I wasn’t always as brave or as honest as I should’ve been in situations where I felt shame. …

Expectations: With Rebecca Haithcoat

April 14th, 2016

43:56

When you think about the life of a hip-hop journalist, what comes to mind? Because one of the top writers in the game is a petite, blonde, Southern girl with one of the best laughs you'll hear. I talked to Rebecca …

BFFs: With Kelsey Scott & Malik Middleton

April 12th, 2016

42:22

You know what I love? A gift with purchase. That's what my chat with Kelsey Scott was.  You may know her work on How To Get Away With Murder, 12 Years A Slave, Treme and on and on. What you may not know is that her …

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