Should philosophers be squashed? Here's a website where you can see if they still make sense after squashing: Squashed Philosophers
Life is short and Philosophy is long, so perhaps it makes sense. My own approach has been to provide short critical summaries that might entice the reader to go back to the primary source in my book Philosophy: The Classics. I've podcast 15 chapters of this (you can listen to or download these 15 episodes here or get them from iTunes - both free)...but stopped short of releasing all 27 chapters in this form in case people stopped buying the book.