They can meander for a seeming eternity, putting the burden on the listener to extract the most relevant content. (If moderators were more skillful, they might keep their guests on track, but most, well, aren't... and don't.) Even in lockdown, I don't have an hour to devote to streams of unfocused babble.
So when I read this morning's edition of the Inside Security emailed newsletter, this stood out: "Every Wednesday, I summarize a podcast about cybersecurity so you can read it in about ten minutes or less."
How refreshing. With a journalist's judgment and an editor's skill, any podcast offering business-related advice, insights, and current information can probably be reduced to ten minutes or less.
Of course, when so many business podcasts seem to involve turning the mic on at the start, turning it off when the time runs out, and posting the recording online, that's an effort that podcasters don't seem to want to make.