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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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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!
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.
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
Two young girls, abandoned by the world, are drawn together.   Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language
A dystopian society tackles fake news.   Content advisory: violence
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
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. It was first published in CLARKESWORLD in 2011.   Content advisory: death
A tabloid reporter sets out to investigate a fast-talking con man who may or may not be the trickster Coyote.
"End Game" by Nancy Kress

"End Game" by Nancy Kress

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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.
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
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).
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/0674372697 https://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
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Comments (211)

Pul Honenheim

Its reading rainbow....🎵. Reading rainbow 🎶🎶Reading Rainbow🎵🎶

Jun 30th
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Kirby Evans

Vonnegut is one of my favorite writers, but I must say that I enjoyed Mr. Burton's commentary even more than the story!

Jun 29th
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Tara Challman

Thank you. The story is beautiful and heartwrenching. LeVar, you have a gift. We are very fortunate to have such an incredible storyteller amongst us.

Jun 1st
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slygirlswagg -

Your closing was heartfelt and amazing!! Bravo!! 👏👏

May 5th
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Spiritdove

I love it I understand a need for ads but midway I fell asleep listening then a loud ad woke me up. other then that I'm enjoying this podcast

May 4th
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slygirlswagg -

Bravo! Loved this story amd actually i should have already commented long ago. There are so many wonderful stories here. But the kick that I get out of hearing u drop F-bombs is delicious! It makes u so real to me! I have watched u my whole life and now you are complete in my mind and heart . I love you.. I love your voice i love your personality and i cannot wait until i can see you in person when this is all over because i am going!!

Apr 26th
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Tyz

Love it! thanks

Apr 22nd
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Rachael Scott

I was shocked when LeVar said that he thought Roberta was white based on her mom. I had it the other way around. I pictured a "white trash" dancer mom for Twyla, and a serious black church mom for Roberta. I suspect this is because I'm white, and immediately identified with the character Twyla since she seemed to be the primary. It wasn't until listening to LeVar's commentary that I considered another interpretation. Fascinating!

Apr 21st
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Mionah Abbassi Larsen

really nice! great story

Apr 21st
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King Bubber Velazquez

Thank you, Mr. Burton

Apr 20th
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King Bubber Velazquez

Thank you, Mr. Burton

Apr 20th
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Yasmine C

A very lighthearted, clever tale. The narration is spot on. My favorite episode in this series thus far.

Apr 19th
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Yasmine C

This was very touching. I like to think that parents just want their kids to be happy.

Apr 16th
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Yasmine C

Reminds me of Westworld, but more thought provoking and complex.

Apr 14th
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Kc Sybrant

where is part 2

Apr 6th
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BC

That was an amazing story with a great twist at the end. it made perfect sense.

Mar 28th
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Emmanuel O'daly

i honestly wept, i am a Mexican immigrant and strougled so much with identity growing up the hell i put my mother through. ugh good golly this made me weep.

Mar 9th
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Grunkle Hatter

this is one beautiful

Mar 5th
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N Me

I didn't want this story to end!

Mar 3rd
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chaqzza Njalaleh

this was a fantastic story

Mar 2nd
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