While software updates are meant to fix things, or make them generally better all around, sometimes it ends up breaking something else. Apparently Apple’s official Podcasts app is no longer working all that well with iOS 7.1.1.
This type of behavior would make sense from Beta software, which could be a possibility, considering the Beta for iOS 8 is out in the wild. However, from the reports it sounds like this is final, publicly available versions of iOS and the Podcasts app proper.
As soon as more information is known, we’ll be sure to update.
Are you having issues with the Podcasts app?
Update: Looks like there might be a bit of a workaround, if you’re willing to go through an extra step. According to @ProlificSuccess, in a reply tweet, apparently turning on Airplane Mode and then opening the Podcasts app will apparently keep it from crashing. With the app open turn off Airplane Mode and it should stay open.