There isn't much to say about this podcast. Short and to the point, it gives details of Irving's life, and is a brief intro to his short story The Wife.
I did like the contrast between Leslie's wife Mary and Van Winkle's wife Dame Van Winkle. I dare say that there should have been an equal comparison to the two men of these stories.
Van Winkle was a shiftless layabout in his own story, while Leslie is an affluent person. Van Winkle could hardly stand to listen to the rantings of his wife, while Leslie would cling to hs wife's words. Leslie didn't deserve to have the complete love he so frantically cast off as nothing when he decided his wife's concern was for nothing more than material possessions. All the while, Van Winkle had his own little way of casting off his wife's rants.
But Leslie let himself get in the way of his own love.