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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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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...

    "The Angel of Khan El-Khalili" by P. Djèlí Clark

    "The Angel of Khan El-Khalili" by P. Djèlí Clark

    A girl visits a bazaar in Cairo, seeking a favor from a mysterious angelic being.

    This story first appeared in the anthology Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt. For more from the author, visit pdjeliclark.com.

    Content advisory: Fire, hospitalization

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    • 52 min
    "Milagroso" by Isabel Yap

    "Milagroso" by Isabel Yap

    Marty brings his family to his hometown of Lucban for the annual festival to witness a miracle: lab-grown, synthetic food made real.

     

    This story appears in Isabel Yap's collection NEVER HAVE I EVER, published by Small Beer Press.

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    • 46 min
    "Dark Spaces on the Map" by Anjali Sachdeva

    "Dark Spaces on the Map" by Anjali Sachdeva

    A woman has her memories catalogued for the historical record, and must decide whether or not to divulge a painful and complicated moment from her past. Anjali Sachdeva's short fiction collection is ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD.

    Epigraph used by permission from How to Lie With Maps by Mark Monmonier, published by The University of Chicago Press. © 1991, 1996, 2018 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

    Content Advisory: Blood, intimation of assault/violence

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    • 48 min
    "Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot" by Robert Olen Butler

    "Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot" by Robert Olen Butler

    A man dies and finds himself reincarnated as a parrot.

     

    This story appears in Robert Olen Butler's collection TABLOID DREAMS. His forthcoming novel, LATE CITY, will be published in September.

     

    Content advisory: use of a slur

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    • 35 min
    "The Bank of Burkina Faso" by Ekaterina Sedia

    "The Bank of Burkina Faso" by Ekaterina Sedia

    What if those spammy emails from princes about overseas banks were... real? An exiled prince teams up with the widow of a military general to recover their fortunes from the Bank of Burkina Faso.

     

    This story appears in Ekaterina Sedia's collection MOSCOW BUT DREAMING.

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    • 41 min
    Season 9 is Almost Here!

    Season 9 is Almost Here!

    LeVar Burton Reads is back June 22nd, featuring stories from P Djeli Clark, Anjali Sachdeva, Ekaterina Sedia, Isabel Yap and more. But if you just can't wait to hear a new story -- here's a sneak peek...

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    • 4 min

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