LeVar Burton Reads

By LeVar Burton and Stitcher

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Reviews: 28


 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.

Abbie
 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).

Christine
 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!

joy
 Dec 2, 2019

Description

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
Introducing Imani State of Mind
437
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
2778
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
2664
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
2300
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
2543

A dystopian society tackles fake news.

 

Content advisory: violence

Mar 24, 2020
"A Kiss with Teeth" by Max Gladstone
3334

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
3063

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
2566

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
2652

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
2686

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
2826

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
3253

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
2741

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!
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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
734

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
3228

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
3021

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
1881

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
2855

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:

https://www.amazon.com/Harlems-Glory-Black-Writing-1900-1950/dp/0674372697

https://www.amazon.com/Richer-Poorer-Dorothy-West/dp/0385471459

Oct 11, 2019
Introducing Stories with Friends
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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
2993

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
3052

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
2060

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
2478

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
2673

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
2784

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
2904
Aug 27, 2019
"Shoggoths in Traffic" by Tobias S. Buckell
2363
Aug 20, 2019
"The Simplest Equation" by Nicky Drayden
2136
Aug 13, 2019
Season 5 Begins August 13th!
00:02:44
Jul 30, 2019
Introducing Wolverine: The Lost Trail
00:05:37
Jul 08, 2019
"L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)" by Dean Francis Alfar
2414
Jun 18, 2019
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 2 by Ted Chiang
2892
Jun 11, 2019
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 1 by Ted Chiang
3206
Jun 05, 2019
"Flying Carpets" by Steven Millhauser
2081
May 28, 2019
"Toward Happy Civilization" by Samanta Schweblin
2666
May 21, 2019
"The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex" by Tobias S. Buckell
2428
May 14, 2019
"Republica and Grau" by Daniel Alarcón
2543
May 07, 2019
"Mister Hadj's Sunset Ride" by Saladin Ahmed
2031
Apr 30, 2019
“The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn
2765
Apr 23, 2019
"Kwoon" by Charles Johnson
2706
Apr 16, 2019
"Free Jim's Mine" by Tananarive Due
3315
Apr 09, 2019
"Miracle" by Tope Folarin
2589
Apr 02, 2019
LeVar Burton Reads Returns April 2nd!
00:03:09
Mar 26, 2019
LIVE! in Boston: "Mono No Aware" by Ken Liu
3745
Feb 12, 2019
LIVE! in New Jersey: "Driftglass" by Samuel R. Delany
3649
Feb 05, 2019
LIVE! in DC: "A Dark Night" by Edward P. Jones
3039
Jan 29, 2019
LIVE! in Dallas: "In the City of Martyrs" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
3048
Jan 22, 2019
LIVE! in Toronto: "Four Stations in His Circle" by Austin Clarke
3284
Jan 15, 2019
LIVE! in Atlanta: "The Vishakanya's Choice" by Roshani Chokshi
3073
Jan 08, 2019
LIVE! in Austin: "Asymmetry" by Kendra Fortmeyer
2812
Dec 18, 2018
LIVE! in Brooklyn: "Playing Nice with God's Bowling Ball" by N.K. Jemisin
3437
Dec 11, 2018
"Morning Child" by Gardner Dozois
1900
Oct 09, 2018
"Yiwu" by Lavie Tidhar
3185
Oct 02, 2018
"Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages
2921
Sep 25, 2018
"The Cell Phones" by Karen E. Bender
1833
Sep 18, 2018
"Jackalope Wives" by Ursula Vernon
2986
Sep 11, 2018
"Fyrewall" by Stefani Cox
2557
Sep 04, 2018
"Fantaisie Impromptu No. 4 in C#min, Op. 66” by Carlos Hernandez
2918
Aug 28, 2018
"Multo" by Samuel Marzioli
2346
Aug 21, 2018
"Fires" by Rick Bass
2507
Aug 14, 2018
"The Last Cheng Beng Gift" by Jaymee Goh
2091
Aug 07, 2018
"Sea Girls" by Daniel Wallace
2717
Jul 31, 2018
"Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse
3293
Jul 24, 2018
LIVE! in Portland: "The Fliers of Gy" by Ursula K. Le Guin
3664
Jun 19, 2018
LIVE! in Seattle: "Black Betty" by Nisi Shawl
3718
Jun 05, 2018
LIVE! in Los Angeles: "Money Tree" by Nalo Hopkinson
2748
May 22, 2018
LIVE! in San Francisco: "As Good as New" by Charlie Jane Anders
3849
May 08, 2018
LIVE! in Chicago: "The Winds of Harmattan" by Nnedi Okorafor
3662
Apr 24, 2018
"Childfinder" by Octavia Butler
2407
Apr 03, 2018
"A Fable with Slips of White Paper Spilling from the Pockets" by Kevin Brockmeier
2025
Mar 27, 2018
"The 5:22" by George Harrar
2238
Mar 20, 2018
"My Dear You" by Rachel Khong
2503
Mar 13, 2018
"The Great Wide World Over There" by Ray Bradbury
2939
Mar 06, 2018
"Different Kinds of Darkness" by David Langford
2590
Feb 27, 2018
"Furry Night" by Joan Aiken
2793
Feb 20, 2018
"Mrs. Perez" by Oscar Casares
2718
Feb 06, 2018
"The Baboon War" by Nnedi Okorafor
2622
Feb 06, 2018
"Unassigned Territory" by Stephanie Powell Watts
2561
Jan 30, 2018
"The Truth About Owls" by Amal El-Mohtar
2920
Jan 23, 2018
"Repairing the World" by John Chu
2910
Jan 16, 2018
Bonus Episode: "Goat" by James McBride
4101
Oct 24, 2017
"No Man's Guns" by Elmore Leonard
2787
Sep 05, 2017
"The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu
2985
Aug 29, 2017
"Navigators" by Mike Meginnis
2579
Aug 22, 2017
"1000-Year-Old Ghosts" by Laura Chow Reeve
1916
Aug 15, 2017
Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Lesley Nneka Arimah
1649
Aug 08, 2017
"The Second Bakery Attack" by Haruki Murakami
2494
Aug 01, 2017
"Chivalry" by Neil Gaiman
2430
Jul 25, 2017
"Graham Greene" by Percival Everett
2977
Jul 18, 2017
"What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah
2706
Jul 11, 2017
"Empty Places" Part Two by Richard Parks
1995
Jul 04, 2017
"Empty Places" Part One by Richard Parks
2708
Jun 27, 2017
"The Lighthouse Keeper" by Daisy Johnson
1844
Jun 20, 2017
"Kin" by Bruce McAllister
1994
Jun 13, 2017
Introducing… LeVar Burton Reads
00:02:43
Jun 02, 2017