Adjust the order in which BL segments are uploaded as podcasts
I enjoy listening to The Brian Lehrer Show as a podcast, through the Apple Store and Apple Podcasts app. However, I have noticed a small issue with the order in which segments are presented. Apple gives you two options when viewing "episodes" of a podcast: oldest on top, or newest on top. Because each segment is uploaded as an "episode," the last segment of the day's show is displayed on top when viewing "newest first." Because Apple's Podcasts app plays "episodes" in a top-down order continuously, the show is in effect presented in reverse order. If I adjust my settings to oldest on top, the most recent show's segments is far to the bottom of the list of "episodes" to add.
So, my suggestion is this: when uploading the BL segments to Apple, upload them in reverse order. When the first segment is uploaded last, it is effectively the "newest" episode, and the segments would be downloaded and played in the order they were presented on air.
I find this true when using iTunes to record one of my vinyls to disk. When I have my recording sftw insert a 'new track' break as they are on the record, for playback I have to reverse the newest/oldest order. This has been the improved v of iTunes now for at least a decade. Older versions let you selectively assign a play order EASILY instead of this all-or-nothing Apple has defaulted to…
Eric Kamander commented
I agree with this, and have suggested this in the past via email. It is controlled by the time in the podcast metadata. Furthermore, since the times are not consistent, a list of downloaded podcast episodes containing Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate episodes will often be jumbled.
Also, why doesn't morning edition have a podcast?