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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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A young woman sets out on a quest to find all of the impossible materials needed to build a kite that can carry her to the stars.This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar), Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR), and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).
Join us for the conclusion of this time travel tale set in medieval Baghdad. “The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate” is from EXHALATION by Ted Chiang, published by Penguin Random House Audio, animprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar) and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).
A wandering merchant in medieval Baghdad is brought before the Caliph, and recounts tales of ingenious gates that allow time travel to the past and future. “The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate” is from EXHALATION by Ted Chiang, published by Penguin Random House Audio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar) and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).
A man remembers a summer from his youth, filled with rides on a flying carpet. “Flying Carpets” is from Steven Millhauser’s collection THE KNIFE THROWER: AND OTHER STORIES, published by Crown in 1998.This episode is sponsored by Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR).
A man finds something strange going on at a rural train station. “Toward Happy Civilization” is from MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS by Samanta Schweblin, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.This episode is sponsored by Aunt Fannie's (www.auntfannies.com/summer code: LEVAR).
A cab driver spends an ordinary day ferrying passengers around Manhattan -- until an incident involving a wealthy alien tourist imperils his livelihood. Content advisory: alien death.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/LEVAR) and Aunt Fannie's (www.auntfannies.com/summer code: LEVAR).
A ten year old boy is enlisted to help a blind man beg at a traffic intersection, and is exposed to a new side of humanity. “Republica and Grau” is from THE KING IS ALWAYS ABOVE THE PEOPLE by Daniel Alarcón, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.This episode is sponsored by Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/levarburton), Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR), and Aunt Fannie's (www.auntfannies.com/summer code: LEVAR).
A bounty hunter reminisces about his escapades with an old mentor and friend in this weird western. This story appears in the magazine BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES.This episode is sponsored by Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/levarburton).
A scientist fights for the investigation of an unidentified object in space. "The Best We Can" appears in Carrie Vaughn's collection AMARYLLIS AND OTHER STORIES.This episode is sponsored by Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/levarburton).
A martial arts instructor meets his match. "Kwoon" appears in Charles Johnson's collection DR. KING'S REFRIGERATOR AND OTHER BEDTIME STORIES.This episode is sponsored by Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR) and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/LEVAR).
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Comments (102)

Samantha Greer

Definitely one of my most favorite thus far!

Jun 20th
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Ares

Check out American Nightmare Podcast. It’s something like Levar Burton Reads

Jun 16th
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Oscar “Prowhiz” Obians

Beautiful story. I enjoyed every minute of it

Jun 12th
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Mark

in my head he is reading to me from his quarters sitting on a chair with his visor on and in his next gen uniform ...... I got issues

May 29th
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Nicole Everwine

beautiful story & told beautifully! Mr. Burton, I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment you put forth following the story..OUR Mess let's work together for OUR planet & OUR survival. thank you thank you thank you ! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 29th
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Yasith Anjana

Your story telling is so perfect...

May 18th
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Jasmine Simpson

Such a wonderful podcast, loading my mind with memories of Reading Rainbow! In the dull mundane world of work, this once again sparks my brain to imagine being away in another world, and makes every minute of work better.

May 16th
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Donnell Payne

lovely story. 😍

May 4th
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Ann Bloom

Thank you Levar. I got lost in the story. Twice I roused myself from the depths but was drowned again by your insane ability to tell a tale. That (Kin) was delicious. I would stay longer to heap praises but I must feed my cravings for some more. On to the next story!

May 2nd
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ola turner

love this podcast

Apr 30th
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ola turner

love this

Apr 30th
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Gary Butler

so amazing

Apr 17th
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Hakuzo Sionnach

This was a great short story. It has many deeper meanings.

Apr 16th
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Hakuzo Sionnach

such a moving story and a great blast from the past to listen to Levar.

Apr 14th
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Donnell Payne

I just love his humorous interview with the guest.

Apr 12th
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Carrie Harrell-Payton

I fell in love with you when I was a 14 year old girl watching Roots. Years later my 3 year old daughter would love you when I introduced her to the Reading Rainbow. You would even become a part of her classrooms in school. Today she's 25 and we both are ecstatic that I've found you again!! I subscribed to Calm and listened to your solar system read. I've never heard the end of it!!😴 I fall asleep before the end!!! LOL!! Lavar Reads has become my Audible. So relaxing, and what variety! Do not stop any time soon. ❤

Apr 10th
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Ebony Stevenson

Who else takes a deep breath with him???

Apr 7th
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Carrie Harrell-Payton

Ebony Stevenson Me!🤣

Apr 10th
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1942

Enjoying these so much! My favourite so far is "Kin". Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories with us. ❤

Apr 6th
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Carolyn Smith

Mr. Burton, this is amazing. I have your podcast on two app (s.) 🌈🎁

Mar 2nd
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Marc Williams

brings back so many good memories as a child. so glad I found your Podcast

Feb 19th
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