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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...
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Join us for the conclusion of this smart house story set in a future Nigeria. Will Anwuli and her child survive the storm? Content advisory: blood See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A young woman in a future Nigeria finds herself in a deadly pollen storm, alone but for her smart home. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
LeVar announces a special three-part series featuring one of his favorite authors! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A 200-year-old gnome desperately wants to become a father.   "Little Man" is from A WILD SWAN AND OTHER TALES by Michael Cunningham, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. Text copyright © 2015 by Mare Vaporum Corp. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, © 2015 by Mare Vaporum Corp See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A recently widowed woman vanishes overnight. Content advisory: violence, death “The Story We Used to Tell” is from DARK TALES by Shirley Jackson, published by Penguin Classics, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A chance encounter in a bar leads to an eventful Good Friday for a devout woman and a playboy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
An asteroid miner on a solo space mission finds his sense of purpose.   This story appears in the anthology CONSOLATION SONGS. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A young Black girl in 1880s New Mexico territory seeks vengeance, risking life and love in the process.   Content Advisory: violence, death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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/listener for privacy information.
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/listener for privacy information.
"Cricket" by Kenneth Yu

"Cricket" by Kenneth Yu

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A family is both delighted and troubled by the visitation of a peculiar insect. "Cricket" was published in Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology. Content advisory: violence See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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/listener for privacy information.
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A rideshare driver must spring into action when his passenger casts a dangerous and deadly spell.     Content advisory: explicit language, violence, terrorism See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Two young girls, abandoned by the world, are drawn together.   Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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BC

Excellent retelling of a fairy tale.

Nov 23rd
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Teresa Wilkinson

oh great!, another joyous, uplifting story in these difficult times .....NOT .. I'm beginning to wonder if any American writer is capable of a story that isn't dystopian at the moment

Nov 22nd
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Ariel Gardner

Omg this was effing amazing!!!💚💜💚💜

Nov 19th
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Sharon Gollery

Sometimes a short story comes along that you just know is going to stay with you for probably the rest of your life. The Yellow Wallpaper was my first, The Nine Curves River is my most recent.

Nov 17th
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HOLF HALEY

so beautiful

Oct 28th
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Maggie Ann

Good evening! Love, love, love this podcast. I've been telling all my friends about it and describing it as Reading Rainbow for adults! 🙃🌈 I would like to submit a suggestion, too. LeVar, have you ever read The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman?

Oct 22nd
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averagedread

I'm so glad I found this. It's like revisiting my child hood on the reading rainbow

Oct 22nd
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Ismael Tafoya

Love this podcast. Recommendation for Jim Butcher "Dresden File" short stories. Love you LeVar.

Oct 21st
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Teresa Wilkinson

these stories are terrific, showcasing so many authors, & of course LeVar is a joy to listen to......... but those intrusive ads all through the reading? most often for only American products/corporations are infuriating!, don't we get enough at the start of the podcast?

Oct 14th
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Whitncharm

Such a cool and creepy story 🧡

Oct 13th
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brittneyblueyes

wonderful. just wonderful

Oct 13th
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BC

The commentary at the end is excellent

Oct 4th
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BC

weird cuts

Oct 4th
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Steven Marshall

1

Oct 4th
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Alice Baker

Mr. Murakami is one of my favorite writers.

Oct 2nd
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Luis Albornoz

I'm a native from Maracaibo and this is the first I come across any literature that encaptures so many aspects of my youth in my grandmother's house... minus the ghosts, of course. Thank you, and Mrs Hurtado of course, for making such a beautiful portrait of my past come to life as a protagonist in this media, it was an unprecedented and unexpected amazing surprise.

Sep 27th
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Jamie O'Connell

Great closing. I will be participating in the process. Keeping American Great!!

Sep 24th
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Debbie D

I've probably listened to 75% of LeVar Burton Reads podcasts and always enjoy them. This is a great story as well. My only issue with this particular reading is that the background music and effects were too loud and distracting.

Sep 20th
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Debbie D

I have been a fan from Roots to Star Trek to Reading Rainbow. His voice is like silk, and I hope he continues to read to us for many years to come. He is a national treasure!

Sep 20th
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Rachael Scott

I lived revisiting this story. It's even more beautiful hearing it again.

Sep 17th
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