While I like it in general, I also had the same thought. It’s a tough balance.
What I really notice is how to-the-point the old episodes are, compared to the lengthier ones now. I just re-listened some stuff from Jan 2019, what a difference. And even more concise and to the point before. Not to mention the episodes before 2018.
There was more focus to keep it close on Q&A before.
I guess an important argument is that people actually listen to such long episodes, to the end: while on commute/on the trainer.
I recognize it’s a tough balance, but maybe a bit back to the old times would be nice.