A few minutes of experimentation reveals the problem. Here is an excerpt from Instapundit’s feed:
<description>TODAY'S MY BIRTHDAY, [snip snip snip] … </description>
<guid isPermaLink=”false”>11222@http://www.instapundit.com/ </guid>
(note to regexp hackers: this will display slightly differently in Internet Explorer and Mozilla, which mangle the
XML string representation of the XML as they see fit).
Now, the problem comes from the mix of empty
title and a
isPermaLink set to
false. Empirically it looks like Radio will display the permalink icon (#) at the right if the feed is RSS 2.0 and the
guid is a permalink. Alternatively, it will hyperlink the item’s
title with the
link‘s url if both are present. But since Instapundit doesn’t set the
title, there is nothing to hyperlink and we have to go to http://www.instapundit.com/ to read individual stories.
I’ll point the various parties to this post to see if we can get things fixed. In the meantime, here is a short Unix incantation that makes the feed more Radio-friendly:
wget -O – http://www.instapundit.com/index.xml | sed -e ‘s/<title></title>/<title>#</title>/g’ > radio-friendly-instapundit.xml
ps Happy Birthday Instapundit!