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The best short fiction, handpicked by the world’s greatest storyteller. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots, 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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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.
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/0674372697https://www.amazon.com/Richer-Poorer-Dorothy-West/dp/0385471459
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.
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
A castle's mysteries begin to slowly unravel. Content advisory: mentions of death, eugenicsThis episode is sponsored by Mythical Monsters podcast (www.parcast.com/mythicalmonsters)
55: "Tiger Baby" by JY Yang

55: "Tiger Baby" by JY Yang

2019-09-2400:39:467

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).
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, abuseFrom 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).
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).
A girl scrutinizes the line between humans and robots when her grandmother is replaced with a replica. Content advisory: Death or dying, self-harming behaviorsThis episode is sponsored by There Will Come a Darkness, A Life Lived podcast, and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).
A themed restaurant presents a very unique opportunity to its patrons. This story appears in N.K. Jemisin's collection HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH?This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).
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Kelly Trent

Every time you introduce yourself, I introduce myself. Every time you take a deep breath, so do I. I'm such a dork!

Oct 14th
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Kelly Trent

you made the wish facilitator jump out of this story! so many laughs!

Oct 7th
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Kelly Trent

I'm starting to get to know the short story. Starting to accept they aren't tied up in a neat little bow at the end, but they allow me to imagine the future of the characters. Loving the new adventure!

Oct 5th
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mia blu

Having just lost my grandmother who raised me, this so made me cry! xoxo

Oct 5th
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Timothy Schroder

listening to the first few podcast.. love them ... You Sir are a master storyteller... cannot wait to listen to them all . thank You Good Sir.

Sep 27th
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Ron King

Never thought that I will love this story so much.

Sep 26th
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Hakuzo Sionnach

This story speaks deeply to me.

Sep 25th
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yesenia ledezma

I couldn't fight the tears. 😭

Sep 23rd
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Joe Loviska

thank you LeVar for being a voice of resistance, equality, and SF greatness. I listen to every story and i love them.

Sep 11th
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Chris Miller

really appreciate this!

Sep 6th
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Jennifer Jones

I don't understand why this guy is so argumentative. Someone takes you out for dinner, even if the menu is weird there's no reason to be an a-hole.

Aug 29th
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Teresa Wilkinson

👍😎😊

Aug 25th
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Teresa Wilkinson

great podcast, a joy for syfy fans

Aug 25th
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Khrystyne Heasley

😢

Aug 23rd
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mia blu

Love Neil Gaiman! THANK YOU!

Aug 21st
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Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings

Best story so far, but very sad. Makes me regret the times I was hurtful toward my parents in the past, seeing how much pain I caused them.

Aug 19th
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D in Dixie

Everybody seems to be just fine ignoring (or celebrating) LeVar's overt, blatant exclusionism. If this were done by any famous caucasian actor, excluding any other particular group of people, cries of "RASCIST!" would be plastered all over this comments section.

Aug 19th
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Kay B

This got me right in the feels. How beautiful and well performed. This brought tears to my eyes, thinking, feeling what that love must be like.

Aug 17th
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Thomas Hamada

Thank you for this podcast. This is just the story I needed to hear at this time in my life.

Aug 14th
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anne castleman

I love an amusing alien story. Good choice!

Aug 13th
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