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LeVar Burton Reads Podcast

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Listen to short fiction read by the amazing actor and voice talent Levar Burton. You might recognize Levar Burton from his television work on Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the miniseries Roots. Heĺs also a sought after voice actor who has narrated many audiobooks including a great one that we feature on LearnOutLoud, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring many of the writings of Dr. King read by LeVar Burton. Burtonĺs current podcast which recently finished its first season features twelve episodes of short fiction that are under an hour. These works of short fiction including stories from such distinguished authors as Elmore Leonard, Haruki Murakami, and Neil Gaiman. Enjoy this wonderfully narrated podcast and make sure to subscribe as Season 2 is on its way.


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  • LIVE! in Portland: "The Fliers of Gy" by Ursula K. Le Guin
    Tue, Jun 19, 2018


    An interplanetary tale about those who take flight, and those who do not. Recorded on the LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! tour. This story appears in Le Guin's collection THE UNREAL AND THE REAL: SELECTED STORIES, VOLUME TWO: OUTER SPACE, INNER LANDS. With musical accompaniment by Marisa Anderson, and featuring a conversation with writer and activist Walidah Imarisha about social justice and the legacy of Ursula K. Le Guin. This episode is brought to you by KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/LEVAR) and Hungryroot (www.hungryroot.com code: LEVAR).


  • LIVE! in Seattle: "Black Betty" by Nisi Shawl
    Tue, Jun 05, 2018


    The story of Betty, and her struggle to be fully understood by her new family. Recorded on the LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! tour. With accompaniment by Gretchen Yanover, and featuring a conversation with author Nisi Shawl.



    This episode is brought to you by KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/LEVAR) and Hungryroot (www.hungryroot.com code: LEVAR).

  • LIVE! in Los Angeles: "Money Tree" by Nalo Hopkinson
    Tue, May 22, 2018


    A young man sets out to uncover sunken treasure and make his fortune, and his sister must pick up the pieces. Recorded on the LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! tour. With accompaniment by vibraphonist Justin Thomas, and featuring a conversation with the author. This story appears in Nalo Hopkinson's collection SKIN FOLK.

  • LIVE! in San Francisco: "As Good as New" by Charlie Jane Anders
    Tue, May 08, 2018


     A young woman unexpectedly finds herself with the fate of the world in her hands. Recorded on the LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! tour. With accompaniment by Astronauts, etc. keyboardist Anthony Ferraro, and featuring a conversation with Charlie Jane Anders. This story appears in Anders' collection SIX MONTHS, THREE DAYS, FIVE OTHERS.

  • LIVE! in Chicago: "The Winds of Harmattan" by Nnedi Okorafor
    Tue, Apr 24, 2018


    A young woman discovers her destiny as a Windseeker. Recorded on the LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! tour. With accompaniment by the legendary instrumentalist and kalimba player Kahil El'Zabar, and featuring a conversation with Nnedi Okorafor. This story appears in Okorafor's collection KABU KABU.

  • Bonus: "The Power of a Wish"
    Tue, Apr 10, 2018


     LeVar Burton Reads will be back soon with brand new episodes! But first, LeVar introduces the new podcast The Power of a Wish.

  • Episode 24: "Childfinder" by Octavia Butler
    Tue, Apr 03, 2018


    A telepath uses her skills to mentor children with psionic ability. "Childfinder" is available in e-book format in the collection UNEXPECTED STORIES, published by Open Road Media. The story is copyright Ernestine Walker-Zadnick. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar. And thanks to Fictional. Find them at apple.fictional.fm.



  • Episode 23: "A Fable with Slips of White Paper Spilling from the Pockets" by Kevin Brockmeier
    Tue, Mar 27, 2018


    An ordinary man finds himself unexpectedly in possession of an extraordinary power. This story appears in Kevin Brockmeier's collection THE VIEW FROM THE SEVENTH LAYER. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 22: "The 5:22" by George Harrar
    Tue, Mar 20, 2018


    When a fellow passenger on his usual train goes missing, a man begins to wonder if everything is as it seems. Find more from the author at www.georgeharrarbooks.com. This episode is brought to you by Audible (audible.com/levar) and Tripping.com (www.tripping.com/LEVAR).

  • Episode 21: "My Dear You" by Rachel Khong
    Tue, Mar 13, 2018


    As she filters through memories and relationships, a young woman navigates a new plane of existence. Find more from the author at www.rachelkhong.com. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 20: "The Great Wide World Over There" by Ray Bradbury
    Tue, Mar 06, 2018


    A visitor's arrival delivers both wonder and heartache to a rural community. This story appears in Ray Bradbury's collection THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 19: "Different Kinds of Darkness" by David Langford
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018


    A group of children form a secret society around a mysterious and powerful artifact. This story appears in David Langford's collection DIFFERENT KINDS OF DARKNESS. This episode is brought to you by Audible (audible.com/levar) and Tripping.com (www.tripping.com/LEVAR).

  • Episode 18: "Furry Night" by Joan Aiken
    Tue, Feb 20, 2018


     An elderly lycanthropist retires to his estate in the English countryside, but his rest is disturbed by a rowdy village tradition. "Furry Night" is copyright ę 1976 by Joan Aiken. Available in THE PEOPLE IN THE CASTLE by Joan Aiken, published by Small Beer Press. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.


  • Episode 17: "The Baboon War" by Nnedi Okorafor
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018


    A group of schoolgirls have a disturbing and life-altering encounter with the animal kingdom. "The Baboon War" appears in Nnedi Okorafor's collection KABU KABU. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 16: "Mrs. Perez" by Oscar Casares
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018


    When a burglary deprives her of her most prized possession, a woman discovers just how resilient and assertive she can be. "Mrs. Perez" appears in Oscar Casares' collection BROWNSVILLE: STORIES from Back Bay Books. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 15: "Unassigned Territory" by Stephanie Powell Watts
    Tue, Jan 30, 2018


    A young Jehovah's Witness spends a blistering hot afternoon preaching door-to-door to hostile homeowners, and questioning her future. Copyright ę 2011 by Stephanie Powell Watts, used by permission of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 14: "The Truth About Owls" by Amal El-Mohtar
    Tue, Jan 23, 2018


    A young girl explores her own power, and finds kinship with a bird of prey. Find more from the author at amalelmohtar.com. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 13: "Repairing the World" by John Chu
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018


    Description: Two friends are tasked with protecting a world that is literally ripping at the seams. Find more from John Chu at johnchu.net. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • LeVar Burton Reads Returns January 16th!
    Tue, Jan 09, 2018


    Get ready for a whole new season of stories.

  • Sneak Peek: James Baldwin and The Paris Review Podcast
    Wed, Nov 15, 2017


    LeVar announces the launch date of Season 2! Plus, he's paying tribute to the author James Baldwin with a re-enactment of a historic interview. Hear a preview of that appearance now, and subscribe to The Paris Review podcast to hear the complete episode.


    The Paris Review in Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/lb-parisreview

  • Bonus Episode: "Goat" by James McBride
    Tue, Oct 24, 2017


    A well-meaning teacher discovers a student's talent, and in the process of helping out his family, bites off more than she can chew. Recorded live at the Now Hear This festival. This story appears in James McBride's collection FIVE CARAT SOUL, available now from Riverhead Books. 

  • Episode 12: "No Man's Guns" by Elmore Leonard
    Tue, Sep 05, 2017


    In a classic Western tale, a newly-discharged soldier runs into trouble on his journey home, and must fight for his innocence and his identity. "No Man's Guns" by Elmore Leonard. Copyright ę 1975, 2004 Elmore Leonard, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC and of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 11: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu
    Tue, Aug 29, 2017


    An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES, available now from Saga Press. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 10: "Navigators" by Mike Meginnis
    Tue, Aug 22, 2017


    A father and son become immersed in a video game with a unusual philosophical goal -- one that's unlike any game they've played before. "Navigators" appears in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2012. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 9: "1000-Year-Old Ghosts" by Laura Chow Reeve
    Tue, Aug 15, 2017


     A grandmother teaches her family to deal with difficult memories in a unique way -- by pickling them in jars. "1000-Year-Old Ghosts" appears in the new anthology PEN AMERICA BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2017. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Lesley Nneka Arimah
    Tue, Aug 08, 2017


    Today, a special bonus episode featuring a wide-ranging conversation between LeVar and Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky". 

    Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 8: "The Second Bakery Attack" by Haruki Murakami
    Tue, Aug 01, 2017


    Cursed with an unbearable hunger, a newlywed couple goes to drastic measures to break its spell. "The Second Bakery Attack" appears in Haruki Murakami's collection THE ELEPHANT VANISHES from Vintage Books, and is available as an audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 7: "Chivalry" by Neil Gaiman
    Tue, Jul 25, 2017


    An elderly widow purchases the Holy Grail at a second-hand store, and becomes wrapped up in an epic quest. "Chivalry" appears in Neil Gaiman's collection SMOKE AND MIRRORS: SHORT FICTIONS AND ILLUSIONS from William Morrow, which is available on Audible. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 6: "Graham Greene" by Percival Everett
    Tue, Jul 18, 2017


    A man is contacted by a 102-year-old woman with an unusual and seemingly impossible request. "Graham Greene" appears in Percival Everett's collection HALF AN INCH OF WATER, available from Graywolf Press.Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 5: "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah
    Tue, Jul 11, 2017


    A mathematician has discovered a formula that explains the universe and makes it possible to manipulate human bodies and emotions. "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" is the title story of Lesley Nneka Arimah's collection from Riverhead Books.


    Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 4: "Empty Places" Part Two by Richard Parks
    Tue, Jul 04, 2017


    In the conclusion to our story, Jayn risks death when he infiltrates the queenĺs chambers, and discovers the real reason for his mission. "Empty Places" was collected in FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR (2005).

    Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 3: "Empty Places" Part One by Richard Parks
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017


    An accomplished thief is approached by a wizard who wants to send him on an unusual mission. The two embark on a journey together, matching wits along the way. "Empty Places" was collected in FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR (2005).

    Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 2: "The Lighthouse Keeper" by Daisy Johnson
    Tue, Jun 20, 2017


    The story of a solitary life by the sea, and a womanĺs courage. "The Lighthouse Keeper" is part of FEN: STORIES, available from Graywolf Press. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

  • Episode 1: "Kin" by Bruce McAllister
    Tue, Jun 13, 2017


    A young boy contacts an alien assassin in the hopes of saving his sisterĺs life. "Kin" is part of Bruce McAllister's collection THE GIRL WHO LOVED ANIMALS.Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar

  • Introducingů LeVar Burton Reads
    Fri, Jun 02, 2017


    A sneak peek of ôLeVar Burton Reads,ö coming June 13th!

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