I guess it is the price of having a popular podcast. Sadly we are finding out that the server we have invested a lot of time and money in is not able to handle the load that we are putting upon it.
I am not convinced it is the box as we can get to it via shell so I am going to ask for some support from the provider. I understand slow connects but Apache should not fold under the load. But I suppose when several thousand people try to download our show at the same time no server is going to be able to survive that slam.
I think I have a solution so I will work that over the next week or so. Meanwhile we put the show back in the capable hands of the Libsyn.org folks..