155 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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    • 4.9 • 14.7K 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...

    "The Placement Agency" by Tobias Buckell

    "The Placement Agency" by Tobias Buckell

    What's the weirdest temp job you can imagine? One outside time and space...


    This story appears in Tobias Buckell's collection SHOGGOTHS IN TRAFFIC AND OTHER STORIES, published by Fairwood Press.

    Content advisory: some discussion of murder/death

    • 40 min
    "To Jump is to Fall" by Stephen Graham Jones

    "To Jump is to Fall" by Stephen Graham Jones

    A spy narrates his thoughts as he jumps from an airplane and freefalls toward his government target.

    If you enjoyed this story, check out Stephen Graham Jones' novel, MY HEART IS A CHAINSAW, published by Saga Press.

    Content advisory: death

    • 32 min
    "Drones to Ploughshares" by Sarah Gailey

    "Drones to Ploughshares" by Sarah Gailey

    A sentient government surveillance drone is ensnared, and must determine his captor's motives. For more from Sarah Gailey, visit www.sarahgailey.com.

    • 43 min
    "The Usual Santas" by Mick Herron

    "The Usual Santas" by Mick Herron

    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.

    • 38 min
    "Different People" by Timothy Mudie

    "Different People" by Timothy Mudie

    A man begins a relationship with a woman who has fled from a disintegrating parallel universe.


    For more from the author, check out his website www.timothymudie.com or find him on Twitter @timothy_mudie.



    Content advisory: Discussion of death

    • 49 min
    "The Wishing Pool" by Tananarive Due

    "The Wishing Pool" by Tananarive Due

    When Joy revisits her family's old cabin, she's reminded of childhood memories of a pond in the woods and its mysterious powers.



    For more from Tananarive, check out her works at tananarivedue.com and look for her new novel THE REFORMATORY and graphic novel THE KEEPER, both due out in 2022.



    Content advisory: Depiction of dementia/illness, brief mention of death

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.7K Ratings

14.7K Ratings

Honeybadger8 ,

Amazing...even when it’s not

I love everything about Lavar Burton, most notably here-his voice and story telling ability. This is a true treasure of a podcast. I can’t say that I always agree with his taste in stories, but that’s life, we are all different- anyway I’d probably listen to him read old soup recipes if that’s what he offered. If I could make a request in a sea of reviews that will most likely never be seen by anyone- more ‘scary’ stories!
Either way- thanks for this gem.

ajcj22 ,

Back in the arms of a sacred safe space in child hood

“But you don’t have to take my word for it.”

Dammit LeVar, thank you for being safe, then and now.

Memories required ,

Thank you for the love of reading

LeVar instilled in me a love of reading from being a little kid, which I still hold to this day. I love that I can pick up where I left off in the 80's from watching him on TV to listening to him on this new format. His passion for storytelling is unmatched. LeVar, if you see this: thank you from a formerly little blonde-haired, blue-eyed kid who stills enjoys your work!

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