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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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"End Game" by Nancy Kress

"End Game" by Nancy Kress

2020-02-2500:44:12

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.
"SPAM" by Savannah Burney

"SPAM" by Savannah Burney

2020-02-1800:48:014

A misanthropic B&B owner is unsettled by an encounter with one of his guests. Follow Savannah Burney on Twitter @savannahburney.
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.
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
"Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear

"Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear

2020-01-2800:50:057

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
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.
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.
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).
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).
"Jump" by Cadwell Turnbull

"Jump" by Cadwell Turnbull

2019-10-1500:32:552

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
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)
"Tiger Baby" by JY Yang

"Tiger Baby" by JY Yang

2019-09-2400:36:031

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).
Two co-workers repossess a car to make some quick cash, and get mixed up in a surprising and much larger scheme. Content advisory tags: Blood, Road CollisionThis episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).
A struggling college student gains new perspective on her studies from her classmate, who's come to study from another planet. This story was first published in Space and Time Magazine. This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR) and Native (www.nativedeodorant.com code: LEVAR).
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BC

A great story, worth a listen.

Feb 18th
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Grunkle Hatter

this is one of your best reads

Feb 8th
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M Schroeder

I think something is wrong with the recording, from 21.30 to 22.00 there is no sound. Otherwise, great story

Feb 7th
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Timothy Schroder

He truly is a master story teller

Feb 7th
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Kelly Trent

how about Poe or Twain?

Feb 4th
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Alice Patnode

When my Husband and I close our eyes and listen to you read we feel like we are on a journey and are transported back in time. We also became trekkies and watch an episode from the 5 different shows.

Jan 23rd
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Kelly Trent

I'm officially a Kelly Link fan!

Jan 18th
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Jack Johnston

Beautiful and sad. Excellent Story.

Dec 23rd
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Joe Loviska

this is the best storytelling podcast I've found!!

Dec 9th
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Ben Jones

DAMN WISH THE CONTENT ADVISORY INCLUDED THAT IT WAS A MAJOR BUMMER

Nov 26th
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saima salam

what a story and what a reading!

Nov 20th
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BC

Ozzie is great

Nov 19th
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Joe Joe

why you got to make me cry at work?

Nov 15th
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Lizzie Sullivan

love this show

Nov 3rd
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Jessica Cole

♥♥♥♥♥♥

Oct 29th
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Lizzie Sullivan

Did you love Reading Rainbow? Do you love short stories still? Listen to this! Your welcome.

Oct 21st
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Unicorn Queen

I love this for all the reasons!!

Oct 14th
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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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