Since I moved back to Barcelona I have to face a 1h commute at least 3 days a week. I’ve become a fan of podcasts to entertain myself (and learn a little, most of what I listen to are “business-like” podcasts, for suggestions check this recap by Jean Galea) during the trip.
Soon, I couldn’t catch up with all new episodes and started experimenting with different reproduction speeds (thanks César for the hint). I’ve now settled for a 2x speed, that is, twice the normal playing speed. This speed requires me to be focused on the podcast but it’s still “comfortable”. I occasionally get down to 1.5 if I get tired and want a more relaxing listening time.
Of course, this also depends on the podcast and the episode (e.g. some guests talk faster than others) but in general 2 is the sweet spot for me giving the chance to squeeze more podcasts in my daily commute. Take also into account that English is not my mother tongue.
In any case, you’ll need to get used to this so start with 1.2 or so and increase the speed as you feel confortable with that specific speed until you reach your limit.
Btw, my podcast app is Podcast addict