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Author: LeVar Burton and Stitcher

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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...
170 Episodes
A hapless salesman flees the librarian hell-bent on retrieving her lost library book. This story appears in Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, published by Tordotcom in hardcover and e-book, and by Recorded Books in audiobook format. For more from the author, visit advisory: Explicit language, gore
"Wok Hei St" by Guan Un

"Wok Hei St" by Guan Un


A story of a stolen wok, magic, and manipulation. This story was originally published in Strange Horizons. You can find more of the author's work at
A financial advisor meets his new client: a hardworking, unassuming man with a curious and potentially life-changing secret.
A waitress is jolted from her morning routine when she's visited by a mysterious child.
A struggling college student gains new perspective on her studies from her classmate, who's come to study from another planet. Find more of the author's work at
A young girl explores her own power, and finds kinship with a bird of prey.
A family matriarch takes up residence in the Underworld.
A group of mall Santas celebrating Christmas Eve discover that there is a stranger in their midst. "The Usual Santas" appears in Mick Herron's collection DOLPHIN JUNCTION, published by Soho Press (US) and John Murray (UK), 2021.
A mystical phenomenon brightens the dreary days of winter — until one year, when it suddenly stops.
A boy discovers his father's hidden kingdom. This story appears in the anthology Small Odysseys: Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories, published by Algonquin Books. Find more from Luis Alberto Urrea at
A tale of complicated family relationships and magical cooking. This story was first published in Uncanny Magazine.
An adventurer carried back spoils from a journey to the center of the earth. Now, his family joins him on a return trip, hoping to ensure their access to his fortune. This story appears in the anthology LOST WORLDS AND MYTHOLOGICAL KINGDOMS, available now in hardback, e-book and audio.  Tobias Buckell's collection SHOGGOTHS IN TRAFFIC AND OTHER STORIES is available in paperback, e-book and audio. Content advisory: Violence, death
When an Instagram-famous rock climber comes to an untimely death, his friends and admirers gather to memorialize him. This story appears in Kim Fu's collection LESSER KNOWN MONSTERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, published by Tin House. Content advisory: Description of death 
While on a quest to beat the high score at his local arcade, a sixth grader has an unusual, life-altering experience. For more from Stephen Graham Jones, visit Content advisory: Descriptions of violence, death 
LeVar Burton Reads is back November 1st with stories from Stephen Graham Jones, Kim Fu, Tobias Buckell and more, in our new immersive format!
A man remembers a supernatural force from his childhood.
A reporter travels to Miami to investigate the fringes of science and faith. This story appears in THE ASSIMILATED CUBAN'S GUIDE TO QUANTUM SANTERIA.
A rideshare driver must spring into action when his passenger casts a dangerous and deadly spell.  Content advisory: explicit language, violence, terrorism
LeVar Burton Reads is coming back! Plus, an immersive remix of Shirley Jackson's story about a recently widowed woman who 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.
A new immersive remix of a season one classic. An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES, available now from Saga Press.Content advisory: Hospitals, death of a parent
Comments (345)

L Sprinkles

I enjoyed this story immensely.

Jan 15th

Kelleen Jones

this was a cool story great ending

Dec 23rd

Nicholas Andrew

While I don't agree with Mr. Burton politically, I am still a fan. I remember watching him on reading rainbow as a kid and I still love hearing him read. Plus the stories are wonderful. This is a 5 star podcast! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Nov 25th



Nov 19th

Andrew Browne

I made no decision. it is storey, no need to get ahead of it, let it play out. I am Irish though and we love short stories

Oct 22nd

Jeremy Ogle


Aug 27th


Love Shirley Jackson, my favorite is, The Road through the Wall.

Aug 7th

Rachel Uhl

Ubaubscribing. Thank you for sharing your distorted views on murdering tiny humans @lavar. It allows me to filter my inadvertent support or your goals. I pray the Lord opens your eyes.

Aug 3rd
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Andi-Roo Libecap

This story was sweet, charming, endearing, and heartwarming. All the more because it was read by the infamous Levar Burton. What a lovely story, performed by a lovely human.

Apr 26th

Tam Kearney

The Phelps twins actually started a podcast at the beginning of the pandemic called Normal Not Normal. Good pod, worth the listen. #NormalNotNormal

Mar 25th


This was a really good podcast

Mar 9th

Hai Coole

thank you for the voice in my ear. I listen on the long drives for work my favorites The Jackalopes Wife, listened to in the Sonoran desert, Paper Managiry, I fold origami, and the one with the GPS and wizards on motorcycles.

Feb 22nd

Lake Goodwin


Jan 26th

Timothy Drummond

This would make a great movie!

Jan 22nd


I laughed at the excitement over "binaural" audio. We've had stereo sound since 1881.

Jan 20th

Nini Perry

😁Alien death! Best trigger warning ever!!!! Adore you, L.!❤️

Jan 18th

Sarah Copeland

Talk about a message

Jan 8th

Sarah Copeland

Wow 👍🏻

Jan 8th

Timothy Drummond

Wow. wasn't expecting that turn after hearing the previous stories. Great story. Makes you think.

Jan 8th

Tam Kearney

This is one of the most entertaining story I've listened to yet! So many laugh out loud moments! 🤣

Nov 17th
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