Guest host Josh Radnor presents two stories about expectation, hope and disenchantment.   Radnor is well known for his work on the television series, “How I Met Your Mother.”  He is also working on a new show, “Rise,” to be broadcast by NBC.

In Richard Yates’ “Evening on the Côte d’Azur,” a navy wife isn’t charmed by the Riviera, until a chance encounter changes everything.  Yates, who died in 1992, was the author of Revolutionary Road, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.  His direct, realistic style reflected what’s often called the mid-century “Age of Anxiety,” and influenced writers like Raymond Carver and William Styron.  His short story collections include Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love. Reader Edie Falco is best-known for her work on the television series “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie.” She also stars in the forthcoming “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.”

Host Josh Radnor enjoys a rapport with author George Saunders, and says in his commentary on thi program that it was great to read an early story like “Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz” because it contains the DNA for so many of Saunders’ later works in its combination of complex emotion and off-the-wall fantasy.  In the story, video parlor run by a lonely widower is the source of solace and catastrophe.  Saunders many award-winning and critically acclaimed works include CivilWarLand in Bad DeclineIn Persuasion Nation, Tenth of December, and the novel Lincoln in the Bardo.

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