... I always cringe when it's a live show. Aside from the occasional production issues, the Rogues, one seemingly in particular, tend to get overly excited and often talk over one another. I recommend less coffee or alcohol and a modicum of restraint by the panel. Just my $0.02.
I have the same complaint. When they all talk at the same time I cannot hear what any of them are saying, and I am annoyed. The show is extremely informative, but only when I can hear what they are saying, and for that, they need to talk one at a time.
It had not previously occurred to me that alcohol and/or caffeine might be contributing factors. The live shows are always the ones I like the least.
There are other podcasts that I think have the potential to be interesting, but which I cannot listen to because the people talk all at once, making them useless noise.
The SGU remains my favorite podcast. Just the live shows less than the regular ones.