103 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 • 12.6K 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 Story We Used to Tell" by Shirley Jackson

    "The Story We Used to Tell" by Shirley Jackson

    A recently widowed woman 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.

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    • 33 min
    "A Good Friday" by Barbara Jenkins

    "A Good Friday" by Barbara Jenkins

    A chance encounter in a bar leads to an eventful Good Friday for a devout woman and a playboy.

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    • 44 min
    "Low Energy Economy" by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    "Low Energy Economy" by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    An asteroid miner on a solo space mission finds his sense of purpose.

     

    This story appears in the anthology CONSOLATION SONGS.

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    • 37 min
    "Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death and, Subsequently, Her Best Life" by Rebecca Roanhorse

    "Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death and, Subsequently, Her Best Life" by Rebecca Roanhorse

    A young Black girl in 1880s New Mexico territory seeks vengeance, risking life and love in the process.

     

    Content Advisory: violence, death

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    • 45 min
    "Dune Song" by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

    "Dune Song" by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

    A young girl must negotiate her own path out of a strict community in a post-disaster desertland. Visit www.suyidavies.com for more information on Suyi's work, including his novel DAVID MOGO, GODHUNTER.

     

    Content Advisory: physical violence

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    • 49 min
    "Madre Nuestra, Que Estás en Maracaibo" by Ana Hurtado

    "Madre Nuestra, Que Estás en Maracaibo" by Ana Hurtado

    A woman discovers her grandmother is being haunted by unearthly spirits. Find more of Ana Hurtado's work at www.anahurtadowrites.com.


    Content Advisory: Death, discussion of suicide

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12.6K Ratings

12.6K Ratings

MabelMayhem ,

LOVE IT!

LB is still inspiring me to read and appreciate literature! Thank you for everything, Lavar.

MikeChacon ,

Great story teller

Excellent narrator. LeVar really drew me into the story and had me sitting at the edge of my seat.

doctorendub ,

The Best in the Business

One of the few podcasts out there that is a Must Listen. Absolutely the best voice in the world of podcasting, and with a taste for stories that has opened my eyes to authors I would never have even heard of - such as Nnedi Okorafor, whom I now LOVE. You owe it to yourself to listen to this weekly, and catch up on the entire back catalog.

And because they request suggestions in their reviews, let me here request Levar consider reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman? It's older, but a real powerhouse and incredibly modern.

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