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LeVar Burton Reads
LeVar Burton Reads
LeVar Burton and Stitcher

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek)... more

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"The King of Bread" by Luis Alberto Urrea

A boy discovers his father's hidden kingdom. This story appears in the anthology Small Odysseys: Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories,... more

29 Nov 2022 · 48 minutes
"Family Cooking" by Ana Maria Curtis

A tale of complicated family relationships and magical cooking. This story was first published in Uncanny Magazine.

22 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
"Down in the Dim Kingdoms" by Tobias Buckell

An adventurer carried back spoils from a journey to the center of the earth. Now, his family joins him on... more

15 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
"#ClimbingNation" by Kim Fu

When an Instagram-famous rock climber comes to an untimely death, his friends and admirers gather to memorialize him. This story appears... more

08 Nov 2022 · 49 minutes
"I Was a Teenage Space Jockey" by Stephen Graham Jones

While on a quest to beat the high score at his local arcade, a sixth grader has an unusual, life-altering... more

01 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
We're Back for Season 11!

LeVar Burton Reads is back November 1st with stories from Stephen Graham Jones, Kim Fu, Tobias Buckell and more, in... more

25 Oct 2022 · 3 minutes
Immersive Remix: "Multo" by Samuel Marzioli

A man remembers a supernatural force from his childhood.

25 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
Immersive Remix: "Fantaisie Impromptu No. 4 in C#min, Op. 66” by Carlos Hernandez

A reporter travels to Miami to investigate the fringes of science and faith. This story appears in THE ASSIMILATED CUBAN'S... more

18 Oct 2022 · 49 minutes
Immersive Remix: "Your Rover is Here" by LP Kindred

A rideshare driver must spring into action when his passenger casts a dangerous and deadly spell. Content advisory: explicit language,... more

11 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
An Update! Plus Immersive Remix: "The Story We Used to Tell" by Shirley Jackson

LeVar Burton Reads is coming back! Plus, an immersive remix of Shirley Jackson's story about a recently widowed woman who... more

04 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
Immersive Remix: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

A new immersive remix of a season one classic. An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by... more

12 Apr 2022 · 53 minutes
"Afterlife" by Stephen King

William Andrews, an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, dies on September 23, 2012, and finds himself confronted with his life... more

01 Mar 2022 · 47 minutes
"The Last Truth" by AnaMaria Curtis

This week: the first place winner of the LeVar Burton Reads writing contest, as co-presented by FIYAH Literary Magazine and... more

22 Feb 2022 · 57 minutes
"Troll Bridge" by Terry Pratchett

An aging barbarian sets out to battle a bridge troll, mano a mano, and thus prove his mettle. “Troll Bridge”... more

15 Feb 2022 · 38 minutes
"John Dillinger and the Blind Magician" by Allison M. Dickson

Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger, looks to escape the feds with the help of a cunning wizard. Content advisory: Gunfire

08 Feb 2022 · 49 minutes
"Open House on Haunted Hill" by John Wiswell

A sentient house, haunted by its own loneliness, exercises its powers on a skeptic. This story was published by Diabolical... more

01 Feb 2022 · 32 minutes
"The Final Performance of the Amazing Ralphie" by Pat Cadigan

An AI-controlled avatar built to entertain patients in deep space performs innocuous magic tricks for patients... until one day, he... more

25 Jan 2022 · 48 minutes
Immersive Remix: "The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex" by Tobias S. Buckell

Get a sneak peek of our immersive sound! A cab driver spends an ordinary day ferrying passengers around Manhattan --... more

18 Jan 2022 · 42 minutes
"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... more

11 Jan 2022 · 40 minutes
"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... more

04 Jan 2022 · 32 minutes
"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.

28 Dec 2021 · 43 minutes
"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... more

21 Dec 2021 · 38 minutes
"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... more

14 Dec 2021 · 49 minutes
"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... more

07 Dec 2021 · 43 minutes
Season 10 Announcement and a Q&A!

LeVar Burton Reads is back December 7th, featuring work from Tananarive Due, Stephen Graham Jones and Sarah Gailey, a winter holiday... more

30 Nov 2021 · 9 minutes
Revisited (Halloween Edition!): "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages

A kindergartner travels through a portal to a fantastic and eerie new world. This story appears in Ellen's collection WICKED... more

26 Oct 2021 · 49 minutes
Revisited: "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse

A tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it’s like to be Native American.... more

19 Oct 2021 · 56 minutes
Revisited: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in... more

12 Oct 2021 · 49 minutes
"On the Lonely Shore" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A young woman is hired to look after an ailing man who's been ostracized by his family and sent to... more

07 Sep 2021 · 39 minutes
"Tía Abuela's Face, Ten Ways" by Lisa M. Bradley

An anthropologist copes with the passing of her beloved tía abuela, experimenting with her own method of honoring her. This... more

31 Aug 2021 · 34 minutes
"Shock of Birth" by Cadwell Turnbull

A man questions his current existence -- and the life he remembers from before. Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction,... more

24 Aug 2021 · 39 minutes
"Words We Say Instead" by Brit E. B. Hvide

A veteran pilot revisits memories, and searches for remnants of her old experimental smartship.   Content advisory: War Submissions are now open for... more

17 Aug 2021 · 49 minutes
"The Years of My Birth" by Louise Erdrich

A woman recounts the story of her birth as a surprise twin and adoption by a Native American couple, and... more

10 Aug 2021 · 46 minutes
"You Perfect, Broken Thing" by C.L. Clark

An athlete trains to win a prize that would ensure her survival. Content advisory: Discussion of degenerative illness, death Submissions are now... more

03 Aug 2021 · 40 minutes
"The War of the Wall" by Toni Cade Bambara

A young boy feuds with a muralist who has taken over a beloved hangout in his neighborhood.   Don't forget! The LeVar Burton... more

27 Jul 2021 · 32 minutes
"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... more

20 Jul 2021 · 52 minutes
"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... more

13 Jul 2021 · 46 minutes
"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... more

06 Jul 2021 · 48 minutes
"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... more

29 Jun 2021 · 35 minutes
"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... more

22 Jun 2021 · 41 minutes
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.... more

15 Jun 2021 · 4 minutes
"St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid" by C.L. Polk

Theresa Anne has spent years watching her mother tell fortunes and work magical spells. But when she asks to protect... more

20 Apr 2021 · 53 minutes
"Vaccine Season" by Hannu Rajaniemi

In a post-pandemic future where scientists have made great strides in eliminating disease, a young boy faces his fears and... more

13 Apr 2021 · 54 minutes
"Getaway" by Nicole Kornher-Stace

A getaway driver and her crew are hired to steal a mysterious artifact, and inadvertently get locked into a time... more

06 Apr 2021 · 49 minutes
"Salt" by Rosemary Melchior

A teenage girl is exiled to a penal colony on an icy, inhospitable island.  But the island contains secrets, and so... more

30 Mar 2021 · 34 minutes
"An Equal Share of the Bone" by Karen Osborne

Hoping to make their fortune (or at least climb out of debt), a trio of space traders travel on a... more

23 Mar 2021 · 38 minutes
"Killer of Kings" by Anjali Sachdeva

Guided by an angel, a writer pens his greatest -- and perhaps most dangerous -- work.   "Killer of Kings" appears in Anjali... more

16 Mar 2021 · 45 minutes
"Flyboys" by Tobias Wolff

Adolescent boys are faced with the reality of friendships, old and new, as they work on plans to build their... more

09 Mar 2021 · 56 minutes
"The Regression Test" by Wole Talabi

A woman helps to test the artificial intelligence based on the mind of her mother, a brilliant thinker. "The Regression... more

02 Mar 2021 · 41 minutes
"Alluvial Deposits" by Percival Everett

A government contractor deals with everyday frustrations in a small town. "Alluvial Deposits" appears in Percival Everett's collection DAMNED IF... more

23 Feb 2021 · 50 minutes
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A woman helps to test the artificial intelligence based on the mind of her mother, a brilliant thinker. "The Regression Test" appears... more