Problem downloading Security Now episodes

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Nov 1, 2020
I have been using the same Android podcast playing app for years and used it download many episodes of Security Now. However, the last episode (on FLOC) would not download. I tried it multiple times over the course of a few days and fail, fail, fail.

At first I thought there must have been a typo in the RSS feed so I checked
and compared the Enclosure field from the last two episodes which links to the mp3 files. No typo.

Then, it occurred to me to try another episode and it too would not download. I have a number of defenses on my devices and guessed that NextDNS, which is running system-wide on the Android device, might be the problem. It was.

With NextDNS disabled, I could download the episode.

Then the question was what specifically caused the problem. The RSS feed MP3 URL starts with
but when I put this into my browser, I end up at a different domain.

So, my guess was that redirects to something NextDNS thinks is bad, before we end up at NextDNS has a log, which I then checked.

Right after the DNS lookup for, there was a DNS lookup for which was blocked. My guess is that's the problem. However, around this time, NextDNS also blocked DNS lookups for
Maybe those were the problem?

Leo is a big fan of NextDNS (as am I), so I might not be the only person with this problem.
I had this same behaviour with several podcasts (IIRC, including some of the BBC and CBC podcasts). I had to allowlist before downloads would occur.

Things like and are added by your podcatcher to monitor crashes - or abnormal behaviours - and usage.
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With NextDNS disabled, I could download the episode.
Yes, TWiT is being forced to do additional tracking of downloads, and they have started using ad inserts by Megaphone. Both of these services are on varying blocklists that you may indirectly subscribe to (either in a pi-hole fashion or in NextDNS or other similar extensions or services.) There is plenty of info on this on the site, as others have encountered it. You're going to have to do some whitelisting, or join the new TWiT Club (which eliminates tracking and ads for US$7/mo.)

Here's one recent post on the matter with Leo's advice:
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