It's really a commitment to attempt to get through the majority of the writing (or audio edition) each week. I've subscribed to it for about a year now and I'm still refining my strategy. FWIW, I current ready everything from the beginning (minus the letters to the editor) and jump back to the Science/Technology section once I get to The Americas. I then work my way backwards and if I don't get to The Americas again, that's ok as that section is lowest on my priority list.]]>
I only actually read the Economist when travelling, picking it up at airports etc., but if I could listen to it instead (and had to commute for work, rather than working from home), I reckon I'd grab those podcasts myself.
A lot of 'ifs' there, but still.]]>