Amazon did get away with One-click and Ebay may have to get rid of Buy It Now. It is not like those items are really original thoughts, the patent holders just applied for a patent quickly enough.
Tom, Molly, and Veronica,
Speaking of phoney patents, I'm reminded of the Minnesota kid who patented a "method of swinging on a swing" in 2002. And who could forget the Australian who patented the wheel the year before?
If Netflix can get away with this, you guys should patent the "method of producing a podcast" and use it to get rich at the expense of all the other podcasters. But wait, that would hamper inovation. On second thought, leave that to the government.
Love the podcast!