LeVar Burton Reads

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Reviews: 29

 Sep 8, 2020

 Mar 18, 2020

Stuart Mantel
 Mar 17, 2020
LeVar is the perfect reader of stories he likes. Many times I have gone out and purchased the books off my next discovered author.

 Feb 26, 2020
This is possibly the most perfect podcast for winding down. The stories are excellent and LeVar Burton reading them is a dream come true. I've only heard the end of a few stories because I usually doze off (in a good way).

 Jan 5, 2020
Levar, thank you so much for reading these short stories to us! I Loved Reading Rainbow, loved Star Trek, love your podcast!


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...

Episode Date
"Dune Song" by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
A young girl must negotiate her own path out of a strict community in a post-disaster desertland. Visit www.suyidavies.com for more information on Suyi's work, including his novel DAVID MOGO, GODHUNTER.   Content Advisory: physical violence See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 22, 2020
"Madre Nuestra, Que Estás en Maracaibo" by Ana Hurtado
A woman discovers her grandmother is being haunted by unearthly spirits. Find more of Ana Hurtado's work at www.anahurtadowrites.com. Content Advisory: Death, discussion of suicide See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 15, 2020
"Cricket" by Kenneth Yu
A family is both delighted and troubled by the visitation of a peculiar insect. Content advisory: violence, explicit language in postscript See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 08, 2020
"Room for Rent" by Richie Narvaez
A family in dire straits must share their new home with a different species. This story was published in Latinx Rising: An Anthology of Latinx Science Fiction and Fantasy. Content advisory: violence, death/dying See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 01, 2020
"The Nine Curves River" by R. F. Kuang
A girl escorts her younger sister on an important and life-altering journey, while thinking back on their relationship and the nature of sacrifice. Content advisory: violence
Aug 25, 2020
"Your Rover is Here" by LP Kindred
A rideshare driver must spring into action when his passenger casts a dangerous and deadly spell.     Content advisory: explicit language, violence, terrorism
Aug 18, 2020
"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 www.amalelmohtar.com.
Aug 11, 2020
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 by Linda McLoughlin Figel of {pages} a bookstore, and by Eso Won Books. We suggest ordering your copy of James McBride's new novel, DEACON KING KONG, online from either of these fine independent booksellers! www.pagesabookstore.com www.esowonbookstore.com
Aug 04, 2020
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) equips listeners with the right language and tools to normalize this stigmatized topic, in addition to finding laughter and light in navigating these struggles. Listen now in your favorite podcast app!
Jun 25, 2020
"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.
Apr 14, 2020
"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
Apr 07, 2020
"Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 1
Two young girls, abandoned by the world, are drawn together.   Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language
Mar 31, 2020
"Let Those Who Would" by Genevieve Valentine

A dystopian society tackles fake news.


Content advisory: violence

Mar 24, 2020
"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 Tor.com. 


Content advisory: references to violence, death

Mar 17, 2020
"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.


Content advisory: death

Mar 10, 2020
"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.

Mar 03, 2020
"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.

Feb 25, 2020
"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.

Feb 18, 2020
"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.

Feb 11, 2020
"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

Feb 04, 2020
"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

Jan 28, 2020
BONUS: Behind the Scenes and a Sneak Peek at Season 6!

Get ready for Season 6! Get a peek behind the curtain as LeVar talks about story selection, vocal exercises, and finding characters' voices. 


This season will feature stories by NK Jemisin, Elizabeth Bear, Max Gladstone, Ken Liu and many more of your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite!) authors.

Jan 21, 2020
The Paris Review Podcast Returns

Embark on audio adventures through The Paris Review's fiction, poetry, interviews, archival recordings, and sonic imaginings with the likes of Toni Morrison, Simone de Beauvoir, Tennessee Williams, and today's leading writers. Featuring readings and writings from Charlotte Rampling, Philip Roth, Jason Alexander, Jenny Slate, Devendra Banhart, Danez Smith, Sharon Olds, Lucille Clifton, Molly Ringwald, Salman Rushdie, and more!

Season 2 of The Paris Review Podcast is out NOW -- listen wherever you get your podcasts. More info at www.theparisreview.org/podcast.

Nov 06, 2019
"The Hofzinser Club" by Michael Chabon

A boy studies magic and escape artistry in 1930s Prague, hoping to become a member of an illustrious magicians' club. From Michael Chabon's THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY. 

This episode is sponsored by Aspen Institute (www.aspenideas.org/podcast).

Oct 29, 2019
"The Specialist's Hat" by Kelly Link

Twin girls are left with a babysitter in a haunted house.

“The Specialist’s Hat” © 1998 by Kelly Link. Originally published in Event Horizon, 1998, and reprinted in Kelly Link’s Stranger Things Happen (Small Beer Press, 2001) and Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters (Viking Books For Young Readers, 2008).

This episode is sponsored by Villains (www.parcast.com/VILLAINS) and Native (www.nativedeodorant.com code: LEVAR).

Oct 22, 2019
"Jump" by Cadwell Turnbull

An ordinary couple experiences an extraordinary event during a walk in the park. "Jump" was first published in LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE. Cadwell Turnbull's debut novel is THE LESSON.

Oct 15, 2019
BONUS: Stories with Friends - Amanda Seales

In Stories with Friends, LeVar invites one of his friends to sit down for a conversation inspired by a short story or another piece of literature, giving them an excuse to talk about art, life philosophies, politics, and so much more. In this free episode, LeVar talks with Amanda Seales (HBO's Insecure, Small Doses) about Scholastic book fairs, Dorothy West's story "Mammy", and making space for intellectual conversation. Amanda's new book of essays is out October 22nd. It's called Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use. Find it at SmallDosesBook.com.

You can find "Mammy" in one of these collections:



Oct 11, 2019
Introducing Stories with Friends

Get ready for our new bonus Premium series, Stories with Friends, featuring conversations with Laurence Fishburne, Brent Spiner, Aisha Tyler, Amanda Seales, Rob Delaney and Jesmyn Ward! Support our podcast and get a free month of premium listening at www.stitcherpremium.com/levar with the code LEVAR.

Oct 10, 2019
"The Water Museum" by Nisi Shawl

The owner of an unusual private museum picks up a hitchhiker sent to assassinate her. This story appears in Nisi Shawl's collection FILTER HOUSE. Content advisory: kidnapping and abduction

Oct 08, 2019
"The House on the Moon" by William Alexander

A castle's mysteries begin to slowly unravel. Content advisory: mentions of death, eugenics

This episode is sponsored by Mythical Monsters podcast (www.parcast.com/mythicalmonsters)

Oct 01, 2019
"Tiger Baby" by JY Yang

A woman is haunted by her dreams of being a tiger. 

This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR) and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).

Sep 24, 2019
“Blur" by Carmen Maria Machado

A woman in a troubled relationship loses her glasses at a rest stop along the highway, and the world shifts in and out of focus. Content advisory: explicit language, abuse

From the forthcoming collection A BRIEF AND FEARFUL STAR, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. 

This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR) and Native (www.nativedeodorant.com code: LEVAR).

Sep 17, 2019
“Face Value” by Sean Williams

A team of peace-keepers investigate an inventor with an astonishing claim.

This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR) and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).

Sep 10, 2019
"Small Medicine" by Genevieve Valentine

A girl scrutinizes the line between humans and robots when her grandmother is replaced with a replica. Content advisory: Death or dying, self-harming behaviors

This episode is sponsored by There Will Come a Darkness, A Life Lived podcast, and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).

Sep 03, 2019
"Cuisine des Mémoires" by N.K. Jemisin
Aug 27, 2019
"Shoggoths in Traffic" by Tobias S. Buckell
Aug 20, 2019
"The Simplest Equation" by Nicky Drayden
Aug 13, 2019
Season 5 Begins August 13th!
Jul 30, 2019
Introducing Wolverine: The Lost Trail
Jul 08, 2019
"L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)" by Dean Francis Alfar
Jun 18, 2019
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 2 by Ted Chiang
Jun 11, 2019
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 1 by Ted Chiang
Jun 05, 2019
"Flying Carpets" by Steven Millhauser
May 28, 2019
"Toward Happy Civilization" by Samanta Schweblin
May 21, 2019
"The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex" by Tobias S. Buckell
May 14, 2019
"Republica and Grau" by Daniel Alarcón
May 07, 2019
"Mister Hadj's Sunset Ride" by Saladin Ahmed
Apr 30, 2019
“The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn
Apr 23, 2019
"Kwoon" by Charles Johnson
Apr 16, 2019
"Free Jim's Mine" by Tananarive Due
Apr 09, 2019
"Miracle" by Tope Folarin
Apr 02, 2019
LeVar Burton Reads Returns April 2nd!
Mar 26, 2019
LIVE! in Boston: "Mono No Aware" by Ken Liu
Feb 12, 2019
LIVE! in New Jersey: "Driftglass" by Samuel R. Delany
Feb 05, 2019
LIVE! in DC: "A Dark Night" by Edward P. Jones
Jan 29, 2019
LIVE! in Dallas: "In the City of Martyrs" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Jan 22, 2019
LIVE! in Toronto: "Four Stations in His Circle" by Austin Clarke
Jan 15, 2019
LIVE! in Atlanta: "The Vishakanya's Choice" by Roshani Chokshi
Jan 08, 2019
LIVE! in Austin: "Asymmetry" by Kendra Fortmeyer
Dec 18, 2018
LIVE! in Brooklyn: "Playing Nice with God's Bowling Ball" by N.K. Jemisin
Dec 11, 2018
"Morning Child" by Gardner Dozois
Oct 09, 2018
"Yiwu" by Lavie Tidhar
Oct 02, 2018
"Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages
Sep 25, 2018
"The Cell Phones" by Karen E. Bender
Sep 18, 2018
"Jackalope Wives" by Ursula Vernon
Sep 11, 2018
"Fyrewall" by Stefani Cox
Sep 04, 2018
"Fantaisie Impromptu No. 4 in C#min, Op. 66” by Carlos Hernandez
Aug 28, 2018
"Multo" by Samuel Marzioli
Aug 21, 2018
"Fires" by Rick Bass
Aug 14, 2018
"The Last Cheng Beng Gift" by Jaymee Goh
Aug 07, 2018
"Sea Girls" by Daniel Wallace
Jul 31, 2018
"Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse
Jul 24, 2018
LIVE! in Portland: "The Fliers of Gy" by Ursula K. Le Guin
Jun 19, 2018
LIVE! in Seattle: "Black Betty" by Nisi Shawl
Jun 05, 2018
LIVE! in Los Angeles: "Money Tree" by Nalo Hopkinson
May 22, 2018
LIVE! in San Francisco: "As Good as New" by Charlie Jane Anders
May 08, 2018
LIVE! in Chicago: "The Winds of Harmattan" by Nnedi Okorafor
Apr 24, 2018
"Childfinder" by Octavia Butler
Apr 03, 2018
"A Fable with Slips of White Paper Spilling from the Pockets" by Kevin Brockmeier
Mar 27, 2018
"The 5:22" by George Harrar
Mar 20, 2018
"My Dear You" by Rachel Khong
Mar 13, 2018
"The Great Wide World Over There" by Ray Bradbury
Mar 06, 2018
"Different Kinds of Darkness" by David Langford
Feb 27, 2018
"Furry Night" by Joan Aiken
Feb 20, 2018
"Mrs. Perez" by Oscar Casares
Feb 06, 2018
"The Baboon War" by Nnedi Okorafor
Feb 06, 2018
"Unassigned Territory" by Stephanie Powell Watts
Jan 30, 2018
"The Truth About Owls" by Amal El-Mohtar
Jan 23, 2018
"Repairing the World" by John Chu
Jan 16, 2018
Bonus Episode: "Goat" by James McBride
Oct 24, 2017
"No Man's Guns" by Elmore Leonard
Sep 05, 2017
"The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu
Aug 29, 2017
"Navigators" by Mike Meginnis
Aug 22, 2017
"1000-Year-Old Ghosts" by Laura Chow Reeve
Aug 15, 2017
Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Lesley Nneka Arimah
Aug 08, 2017
"The Second Bakery Attack" by Haruki Murakami
Aug 01, 2017
"Chivalry" by Neil Gaiman
Jul 25, 2017
"Graham Greene" by Percival Everett
Jul 18, 2017
"What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah
Jul 11, 2017
"Empty Places" Part Two by Richard Parks
Jul 04, 2017
"Empty Places" Part One by Richard Parks
Jun 27, 2017
"The Lighthouse Keeper" by Daisy Johnson
Jun 20, 2017
"Kin" by Bruce McAllister
Jun 13, 2017
Introducing… LeVar Burton Reads
Jun 02, 2017