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LeVar Burton Reads

LeVar Burton Reads

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath…

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  • "Pockets" by Amal El-Mohtar
    What could it mean to reach into your pocket and pull out... something that wasn't there before? Find more from Amal El-Mohtar at Read more
    Published on: 2020-08-11
  • A Conversation with James McBride (and News About Season 7!)
    You heard that correctly -- we're coming back for a new season starting August 11! So make sure to hit subscribe if you haven't already, and check out LeVar's recent conversation with James McBride, author of "Goat" from our very first live show.  This virtual book tour stop was presented... Read more
    Published on: 2020-08-04
  • Introducing Imani State of Mind
    We're working on new episodes of LeVar Burton Reads right now(!) -- and while you wait, here's a preview of Imani State of Mind. It's a new podcast from Stitcher that demystifies mental health and wellness in an accessible and approachable way. Dr. Imani Walker (from Bravo’s Married to Medicine)... Read more
    Published on: 2020-06-25
  • "The Foster Portfolio" by Kurt Vonnegut
    A financial advisor meets his new client: a hardworking, unassuming man with a curious and potentially life-changing secret. "The Foster Portfolio" is from WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE by Kurt Vonnegut. Copyright © 1968 by Kurt Vonnegut, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.... Read more
    Published on: 2020-04-14
  • "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 2
    Join us for the conclusion to Toni Morrison's tale. Twyla and Roberta's longstanding and complicated friendship becomes more challenging as they become adults.   Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language... Read more
    Published on: 2020-04-07
  • "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 1
    Two young girls, abandoned by the world, are drawn together.   Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language... Read more
    Published on: 2020-03-31
  • "Let Those Who Would" by Genevieve Valentine
    A dystopian society tackles fake news.   Content advisory: violence... Read more
    Published on: 2020-03-24
  • "A Kiss with Teeth" by Max Gladstone
    In order to live an urban lifestyle as a father and husband, a domesticated vampire must suppress his darker urges. This story first appeared at    Content advisory: references to violence, death... Read more
    Published on: 2020-03-17
  • "Staying Behind" by Ken Liu
    As humanity tiptoes toward the Singularity, what happens to those who are left behind? This story appears in Ken Liu's new collection THE HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES. It was first published in CLARKESWORLD in 2011.   Content advisory: death... Read more
    Published on: 2020-03-10
  • "Skinwalker, Fast-Talker" by Darcie Little Badger
    A tabloid reporter sets out to investigate a fast-talking con man who may or may not be the trickster Coyote.... Read more
    Published on: 2020-03-03
  • "End Game" by Nancy Kress
    A man becomes obsessed with quieting the thoughts and static in his brain. You can find this story in FOUNTAIN OF AGE by Nancy Kress.... Read more
    Published on: 2020-02-25
  • "SPAM" by Savannah Burney
    A misanthropic B&B owner is unsettled by an encounter with one of his guests. Follow Savannah Burney on Twitter @savannahburney.... Read more
    Published on: 2020-02-18
  • "As Worlds Collide" by Stephen Michell
    A young couple tries to make sense of an influx of mythic creatures. This story was first published in THOSE WHO MAKE US: CANADIAN CREATURE, MYTH, AND MONSTER STORIES.... Read more
    Published on: 2020-02-11
  • "Valedictorian" by N.K. Jemisin
    A smart, stubborn high school student sets her own rules in a near-future dystopia. This story appears in N.K. Jemisin's collection HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH? Content advisory: language... Read more
    Published on: 2020-02-04
  • "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear
    A sentient robot searches for her purpose in a post-war world. This story was originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine in March 2007. It is available in THE BEST OF ELIZABETH BEAR. Content advisory: Brief violence/combat, mentions of death... Read more
    Published on: 2020-01-28

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