Seems the BlackBerry Beta Zone roll outs didn't stop at Twitter and Facebook. A new BlackBerry Podcasts beta has no arrived and is available for download. This release shows up as v188.8.131.52 and RIM has incuded a nice change log for us to reference to:
What's New in BlackBerry Podcasts 1.6
Since this is the last beta program for the application, BlackBerry Podcasts 1.6 will consist of features deemed as essential by tester feedback. Changes in BlackBerry Podcasts 1.6 include:
Maybe this explains why podcasts hasn't been working right for the past little bit? In any case, if you're signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone go grab it and start sending some feedback.