Shorten the skip silence trigger duration so that even short pauses are removed. (Or make it user adjustable)
Decrease the length threshold for skipping silence or make it user adjustable so that shorter pauses will be removed.
You can test this new feature right now by joining the Beta on the play store app page, then by updating the app.
You can then change the skip silence aggressiveness either globally or per podcast. Please contact me if you have any questions (Settings/Feedback)