LeVar Burton Reads

LeVar Burton and Stitcher

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting and presented in 3D immersive audio. 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 Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Nnedi Okorafor, Kurt Vonnegut, Ken Liu and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath... Our immersive audio is best with headphones! If you'd prefer to listen without immersive audio, visit levarburtonpodcast.com/mono.

  • 43 minutes 13 seconds
    "The Toynbee Convector" by Ray Bradbury

    The world's only time traveler finally reveals his secrets. "The Toynbee Convector" © 1983 by Ray Bradbury


    Content advisory: suicide

    7 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 49 minutes 59 seconds
    "The November Story" by Rebecca Makkai

    A reality TV show producer tries to make love happen, on- and off-screen. “The November Story” is from MUSIC FOR WARTIME by Rebecca Makkai, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

    Find LeVar on Instagram Live on Monday, May 6th from 6:30-8pm Pacific, celebrating 13 seasons of LeVar Burton Reads! Join us for a Q&A and surprise guests. Follow @levar.burton on IG and sign up for reminders!

    30 April 2024, 4:05 am
  • 38 minutes 33 seconds
    "She Builds Quick Machines" by Lyndsie Manusos

    Robotics, quick machines, fugitives -- none are exactly what they seem on the surface. Find more from the author at https://lyndsiekay.wordpress.com. And find LeVar on Instagram Live on Monday, May 6th from 6:30-8pm Pacific, celebrating 13 seasons of LeVar Burton Reads! Join us for a Q&A and surprise guests. Follow @levar.burton on IG and mark your calendar!

    Content advisory: warfare, death

    23 April 2024, 4:05 am
  • 44 minutes 59 seconds
    "When the Apples are Ripe" by Diane Oliver

    A young boy puzzles over the behavior of his mysterious elderly neighbor, his parents, and his older brother, a budding civil rights activist.

    This story appears in the collection entitled NEIGHBORS AND OTHER STORIES by Diane Oliver, published by Grove Press.

    Content advisory: racial slur, racism

    16 April 2024, 4:05 am
  • 49 minutes 46 seconds
    "The Coffin Maker" by AnaMaria Curtis

    On a long mission to search for a new home planet, an outfitter tries to protect the crewmembers' lives. But can she protect herself from the inevitable loss and heartbreak? This story first appeared in Uncanny Magazine. For more from the author, check out anamariacurtis.com


    Content advisory: pandemic, death

    9 April 2024, 4:05 am
  • 33 minutes 44 seconds
    "The Appropriation of Cultures" by Percival Everett

    A young Black musician is heckled by a group of white fraternity brothers, asking him to play "Dixie." His response surprises everyone, including himself. This story appears in the collection DAMNED IF I DO, published by Graywolf Press.

    2 April 2024, 4:05 am
  • 43 minutes 34 seconds
    "The Hidden Forests of Earth and Mars" by Anna Zumbro

    A young woman must decide her future: planting seeds and forging civilization on Mars, or caretaking for future generations on Earth. This story originally appeared in Cast of Wonders. Find more from the author at annazumbro.com.

    Content advisory: climate change and ecological collapse

    26 March 2024, 4:05 am
  • 39 minutes 13 seconds
    "Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush" by Luis Alberto Urrea

    The self-proclaimed Graffiti King of Mexico brandishes his magical paintbrush, providing commentary on small-town sins. This story appears in the collection THE WATER MUSEUM. Find more from the author at luisurrea.com.


    Content advisory: sexism, sexual harassment

    19 March 2024, 4:05 am
  • 57 minutes 50 seconds
    "The World Wasn't Ready for You" by Justin C. Key

    An exploration of the depth of a father's love, and his attempts to keep his son happy, healthy and safe in a world rife with racism and violence. This story appears in Justin C. Key's collection THE WORLD WASN'T READY FOR YOU.


    Content advisory: death, police brutality

    12 March 2024, 4:05 am
  • 33 minutes 29 seconds
    "Quarropts Can't Dance" by Rodrigo Culagovski

    A human street performer breaks out his boombox for an unauthorized and unwelcome performance on Planet Drx. For more from the author, visit https://culagovski.net.

    Content advisory: references to ecocide

    5 March 2024, 5:05 am
  • 46 minutes
    "Folk Hero Motifs in Tales Told by the Dead" by KT Bryski

    A trickster storyteller brings camaraderie and hope to the land of the dead. Find more from the author at ktbryski.com.


    Content advisory: Death and dying; references to the death of a child

    27 February 2024, 5:05 am
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