What is everybody doing for podcasts?

I have two little kids that listen to podcasts. My current setup is having two spare mobile phones in their rooms with a podcast app and I cast the episodes to each of their respective google mini speakers. I’m trying to figure out a way to integrate podcasts into home assistant so that I can just play the next episode of a podcast from homeassistant to their speakers, since that will give me more control and know when the podcasts have stopped.

I’ve tried setting up download manager on my nas and it works fine to download podcasts feeds but there is no way to organize them or know which ones are played or not.

Anybody else trying to do something similar?