92 episodes

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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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 841 Ratings

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...

    A Conversation with James McBride (and News About Season 7!)

    A Conversation with James McBride (and News About Season 7!)

    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!
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    • 28 min
    Introducing Imani State of Mind

    Introducing Imani State of Mind

    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!

    • 7 min
    "The Foster Portfolio" by Kurt Vonnegut

    "The Foster Portfolio" by Kurt Vonnegut

    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.

    • 46 min
    "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 2

    "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 2

    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

    • 44 min
    "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 1

    "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 1

    Two young girls, abandoned by the world, are drawn together.

     

    Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language

    • 38 min
    "Let Those Who Would" by Genevieve Valentine

    "Let Those Who Would" by Genevieve Valentine

    A dystopian society tackles fake news.

     

    Content advisory: violence

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
841 Ratings

841 Ratings

Shimshon Obadia (they/them) ,

Practically a religious experience!

I grew up on Reading Rainbow and Star Trek. I’ve never been particularly religious in any denomination, but when people talk about religious experiences, I think I understand now that they’re talking about the incredible feeling I get listening to LeVar Burton reading me stories (again). If you haven’t started listening to this podcast yet, stop reading this and play an episode (any episode) and you’ll be coming back over and over, just like me.

Bluecarbon25 ,

Another Reading Rainbow fan back for more!

Like a lot of people here, I was a fan of Reading Rainbow back in the day, but this podcast has become so much more. I'm really happy about the sheer variety of stories you get exposed to when you make your way through. Short fiction is sometimes tough to work into your reading list, but boy does it make a good podcast format.

Mandi Jade ,

Butterfly in the sky

I watched reading rainbow as kid and I find this podcast very soothing and comforting. I listen before bed and it relaxes me

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