I want to recommend the Christian Humanist Podcast, especially their recent episode on asceticism. Much of the discussion centers around the role of monastics in the life of the Church, a topic near and dear to my heart. Perhaps in the future, they will to devote an entire episode to monasticism. (This is an official suggestion, should the hosts be reading.)
I listen to a number of podcasts regularly and I confidently say that the Christian Humanist is my favorite. Their collective theology is probably more conservative than mine, but they produce consistently thoughtful, intriguing and funny podcasts about a range of topics. It seems as if after every episode I have a whole stack of books to add to my ‘to read’ list. For example, I’ve just started The Country Parson by George Herbert.
My favorite episdoes:
#32 Church Music
#39 Town and Country
#14 Literary Genesis
I should also note that one of the Christian Humanists, Nathan Gilmour, is a alumnus of Plainfield High School and fellow former member of the Red Pride Marching Band. Go Quakers!