A weekly podcast about the history, science, lore and surprises that make everyday things secretly incredibly fascinating. Hosted by comedy writer, emoji creator, and ’Jeopardy!’ champion Alex Schmidt. Join Alex & his comedian guests for a joyful deep dive into seeing the world a whole new way! (For research sources, bonus episodes, and how you can support the podcast, visit sifpod.fun.)
Imperial Units Of Measurement
Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer/podcaster Katie Goldin for a look at why Imperial units of measurement are secretly incredibly fascinating.
Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian/writer Josh Gondelman for a look at why rats are secretly incredibly fascinating.
Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer Dan Hopper and actor/comedian Benny Wayne Sully for a look at why zippers are secretly incredibly fascinating.
The Interstate Highway System
Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/podcasters Katie Hannigan and Conor Lastowka for a look at why the Interstate Highway System is secretly incredibly fascinating.
The Color Green
Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/podcasters Adam Tod Brown and Jeff May for a look at why the color green is secretly incredibly fascinating.
Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian Billy Wayne Davis and podcaster Ellen Weatherford for a look at why manatees are secretly incredibly fascinating.
Alex is delightfully informative on all topics with an array of hilarious guests! It truly lives up to its name with the incredibly fascinating secrets of seemingly mundane topics! Love it
Excellent, Engaging Show
There are literally only three shows I recommend to followers online and irl and this is one of them. Alex is really in his element of being inclusive and engaging with his fan base, delving into ordinary topics, and really getting to the root of what makes them fascinating (as the title would have you believe). He’s smart without being condescending, and I enjoy how he brings the guest and the audience along for the ride; even with regards to subjects I’m already knowledgeable in, I enjoy listening to his take. In a world wherein everyone has a hot take and the world is filled with immediacy, these topics are evergreen, easygoing, and fulfilling. Alex is great at choosing a variety of different kinds of guests and because of that I’ve found some really excellent new people whose work I’ve really enjoyed! I’m excited by the amount of work he puts into each episode and the empathy through which he approaches people, topics, and I’d be surprised if that weren’t an insight into how he just is a human. One of the three shows I recommend.
Always cheers me up
Alex is a delight, and turning this on always turns my day around for the better :)
Thanks to Alex and everyone who’s worked so hard on this <3