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LeVar Burton Reads

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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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Latest Episodes

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

This week: the first place winner of the LeVar Burton Reads writing contest, as co-presented by FIYAH Literary Magazine and! A runaway and indentured thief, Eri must provide a new secret to open each new lock, at the cost of her own memory.

4 months ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 17k ratings
  • 5-Stars and More

    This show is phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal. I look forward to every new episode. In many ways, it’s an adult version of Reading Rainbow—I was captivated as a child, growing up in the 1980s watching that show. It helped to encourage me to be a life long reader. I sincerely appreciate all the hard work that LeVar and his team put into the show; he brings a sense of humanity and humility to this world; his words transports me to another time and space, just as he did for many years and for mult... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Every morning

    The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will honor Star Trek: The Next Generation star and Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton with a lifetime achievement award at this year's 1st Annual Children's & Family Emmy Awards. The event takes place in December. Congratulations! more

    Apple Podcasts
    Eater, eater
    United States2 months ago
  • Magical

    LeVar Burton has the most dazzling voice of anyone I have ever heard. Fantastic selection of short stories.This podcast is exquisite.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • 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.

    Andi-Roo Libecap
    2 months ago
  • Seriously the best pod ever

    It’s kind of a controversial story but I was wondering if you would read The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect by Roger Williams. I think the themes are pretty interesting and similar to some of the stories you’ve already done. Hope y’all have a good day 🥰

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago

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