But now Epicyon does a better job of handling podcasts. Podcast episodes in the newswire now link to a podcast screen which includes the web browser's built-in audio player, a direct link to the audio and any relevant hashtags.
This removes a lot of the inconsistency and guesswork when playing podcasts, and should make for a better user experience.
The reason why many podcast sites are such trash has a lot to do with the now familiar reasons of getting people to click on ads and be tracked everywhere they go around the web. Really on the open web we ought to be aiming for something better than trash, which actually serves the user's interests first and foremost.