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The best short fiction, handpicked by the world’s greatest storyteller. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots, 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...Listen to ad-free episodes one week early, plus exclusive bonus episodes, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of listening, go to stitcherpremium.com/levar and use promo code 'LEVAR'.

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The best short fiction, handpicked by the world’s greatest storyteller. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots, 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...Listen to ad-free episodes one week early, plus exclusive bonus episodes, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of listening, go to stitcherpremium.com/levar and use promo code 'LEVAR'.

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LeVar Burton Reads

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The best short fiction, handpicked by the world’s greatest storyteller. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots, 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...Listen to ad-free episodes one week early, plus exclusive bonus episodes, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of listening, go to stitcherpremium.com/levar and use promo code 'LEVAR'.

Rank #1: "Empty Places" Part One by Richard Parks

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An accomplished thief is approached by a wizard who wants to send him on an unusual mission. The two embark on a journey together, matching wits along the way. "Empty Places" was collected in FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR (2005).

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jun 27 2017

45mins

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Rank #2: "The House on the Moon" by William Alexander

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A castle's mysteries begin to slowly unravel. Content advisory: mentions of death, eugenics



This episode is sponsored by Mythical Monsters podcast (www.parcast.com/mythicalmonsters)

Oct 01 2019

50mins

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Rank #3: "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 1 by Ted Chiang

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A wandering merchant in medieval Baghdad is brought before the Caliph, and recounts tales of ingenious gates that allow time travel to the past and future. “The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate” is from EXHALATION by Ted Chiang, published by Penguin Random House Audio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.


This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar) and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).

Jun 05 2019

53mins

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Rank #4: "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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A mathematician has discovered a formula that explains the universe and makes it possible to manipulate human bodies and emotions. "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" is the title story of Lesley Nneka Arimah's collection from Riverhead Books.


Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jul 11 2017

45mins

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Rank #5: "Chivalry" by Neil Gaiman

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An elderly widow purchases the Holy Grail at a second-hand store, and becomes wrapped up in an epic quest. "Chivalry" appears in Neil Gaiman's collection SMOKE AND MIRRORS: SHORT FICTIONS AND ILLUSIONS from William Morrow, which is available on Audible. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jul 25 2017

40mins

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Rank #6: "The Water Museum" by Nisi Shawl

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The owner of an unusual private museum picks up a hitchhiker sent to assassinate her. This story appears in Nisi Shawl's collection FILTER HOUSE. Content advisory: kidnapping and abduction

Oct 08 2019

49mins

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Rank #7: LIVE! in Boston: "Mono No Aware" by Ken Liu

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A space traveler flashes back to memories of his childhood in Japan, before the world ended. Recorded live at the Wilbur Theatre with music provided by Katy Wherry and Jake Wherry. "Mono No Aware" appears in THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES. Ken Liu's new anthology, BROKEN STARS, is out this month.


This episode is sponsored by Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR).

Feb 12 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #8: "Childfinder" by Octavia Butler

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A telepath uses her skills to mentor children with psionic ability. "Childfinder" is available in e-book format in the collection UNEXPECTED STORIES, published by Open Road Media. The story is copyright Ernestine Walker-Zadnick. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar. And thanks to Fictional. Find them at apple.fictional.fm.

Apr 03 2018

40mins

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Rank #9: "Empty Places" Part Two by Richard Parks

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In the conclusion to our story, Jayn risks death when he infiltrates the queen’s chambers, and discovers the real reason for his mission. "Empty Places" was collected in FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR (2005).

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jul 04 2017

33mins

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Rank #10: "The Great Wide World Over There" by Ray Bradbury

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A visitor's arrival delivers both wonder and heartache to a rural community. This story appears in Ray Bradbury's collection THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Mar 06 2018

48mins

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Rank #11: "Morning Child" by Gardner Dozois

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Two people reconnect in a post-apocalyptic world. © 1984 by Gardner Dozois. Originally published in OMNI. Used by permission of the author’s Estate and the Estate’s agents, the Virginia Kidd Agency, Inc.



This episode is sponsored by Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), Sierra Club (www.BeyondCoal.org/stories), The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR), and Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR).

Oct 09 2018

31mins

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Rank #12: "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages

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


This episode is sponsored by Sierra Club (www.beyondcoal.org/stories), Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR), and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LeVar).

Sep 25 2018

48mins

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Rank #13: "Graham Greene" by Percival Everett

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A man is contacted by a 102-year-old woman with an unusual and seemingly impossible request. "Graham Greene" appears in Percival Everett's collection HALF AN INCH OF WATER, available from Graywolf Press.Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Jul 18 2017

49mins

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Rank #14: "Miracle" by Tope Folarin

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A congregation eagerly anticipates the healing powers of a blind prophet. "Miracle" © 2019 by Tope Folarin. From Harvard's Transition magazine, Issue 109, Fall 2012.


This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/LEVAR).

Apr 02 2019

43mins

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Rank #15: "Sea Girls" by Daniel Wallace

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Two teenagers deal with family issues... and a stranded sea creature.

Listen to ad-free episodes one week early, plus exclusive bonus episodes, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of listening, go to stitcherpremium.com/levar and use promo code 'LEVAR'.



This episode is sponsored by Hungry Root (www.hungryroot.com code: LEVAR) and Google Play (g.co/play/levar).

Jul 31 2018

45mins

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Rank #16: “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn

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A scientist fights for the investigation of an unidentified object in space. "The Best We Can" appears in Carrie Vaughn's collection AMARYLLIS AND OTHER STORIES.


This episode is sponsored by Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/levarburton).

Apr 23 2019

46mins

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Rank #17: "No Man's Guns" by Elmore Leonard

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In a classic Western tale, a newly-discharged soldier runs into trouble on his journey home, and must fight for his innocence and his identity. "No Man's Guns" by Elmore Leonard. Copyright © 1975, 2004 Elmore Leonard, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC and of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Sep 05 2017

46mins

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Rank #18: "The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex" by Tobias S. Buckell

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A cab driver spends an ordinary day ferrying passengers around Manhattan -- until an incident involving a wealthy alien tourist imperils his livelihood. Content advisory: alien death.



This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/LEVAR) and Aunt Fannie's (www.auntfannies.com/summer code: LEVAR).

May 14 2019

40mins

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Rank #19: "The Second Bakery Attack" by Haruki Murakami

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Cursed with an unbearable hunger, a newlywed couple goes to drastic measures to break its spell. "The Second Bakery Attack" appears in Haruki Murakami's collection THE ELEPHANT VANISHES from Vintage Books, and is available as an audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.

Aug 01 2017

41mins

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Rank #20: "L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)" by Dean Francis Alfar

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A young woman sets out on a quest to find all of the impossible materials needed to build a kite that can carry her to the stars.



This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar), Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR), and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).

Jun 18 2019

40mins

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BONUS: Behind the Scenes and a Sneak Peek at Season 6!

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Get ready for Season 6! Get a peek behind the curtain as LeVar talks about story selection, vocal exercises, and finding characters' voices. 

This season will feature stories by NK Jemisin, Elizabeth Bear, Max Gladstone, Ken Liu and many more of your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite!) authors.

Jan 21 2020

13mins

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The Paris Review Podcast Returns

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Embark on audio adventures through The Paris Review's fiction, poetry, interviews, archival recordings, and sonic imaginings with the likes of Toni Morrison, Simone de Beauvoir, Tennessee Williams, and today's leading writers. Featuring readings and writings from Charlotte Rampling, Philip Roth, Jason Alexander, Jenny Slate, Devendra Banhart, Danez Smith, Sharon Olds, Lucille Clifton, Molly Ringwald, Salman Rushdie, and more!


Season 2 of The Paris Review Podcast is out NOW -- listen wherever you get your podcasts. More info at www.theparisreview.org/podcast.

Nov 06 2019

12mins

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"The Hofzinser Club" by Michael Chabon

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A boy studies magic and escape artistry in 1930s Prague, hoping to become a member of an illustrious magicians' club. From Michael Chabon's THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY. 



This episode is sponsored by Aspen Institute (www.aspenideas.org/podcast).

Oct 29 2019

53mins

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"The Specialist's Hat" by Kelly Link

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Twin girls are left with a babysitter in a haunted house.

“The Specialist’s Hat” © 1998 by Kelly Link. Originally published in Event Horizon, 1998, and reprinted in Kelly Link’s Stranger Things Happen (Small Beer Press, 2001) and Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters (Viking Books For Young Readers, 2008).



This episode is sponsored by Villains (www.parcast.com/VILLAINS) and Native (www.nativedeodorant.com code: LEVAR).

Oct 22 2019

50mins

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"Jump" by Cadwell Turnbull

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An ordinary couple experiences an extraordinary event during a walk in the park. "Jump" was first published in LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE. Cadwell Turnbull's debut novel is THE LESSON.

Oct 15 2019

31mins

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BONUS: Stories with Friends - Amanda Seales

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In Stories with Friends, LeVar invites one of his friends to sit down for a conversation inspired by a short story or another piece of literature, giving them an excuse to talk about art, life philosophies, politics, and so much more. In this free episode, LeVar talks with Amanda Seales (HBO's Insecure, Small Doses) about Scholastic book fairs, Dorothy West's story "Mammy", and making space for intellectual conversation. Amanda's new book of essays is out October 22nd. It's called Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use. Find it at SmallDosesBook.com.


You can find "Mammy" in one of these collections:

https://www.amazon.com/Harlems-Glory-Black-Writing-1900-1950/dp/0674372697

https://www.amazon.com/Richer-Poorer-Dorothy-West/dp/0385471459

Oct 11 2019

47mins

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"The Water Museum" by Nisi Shawl

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The owner of an unusual private museum picks up a hitchhiker sent to assassinate her. This story appears in Nisi Shawl's collection FILTER HOUSE. Content advisory: kidnapping and abduction

Oct 08 2019

49mins

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"The House on the Moon" by William Alexander

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A castle's mysteries begin to slowly unravel. Content advisory: mentions of death, eugenics



This episode is sponsored by Mythical Monsters podcast (www.parcast.com/mythicalmonsters)

Oct 01 2019

50mins

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"Tiger Baby" by JY Yang

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A woman is haunted by her dreams of being a tiger. 



This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR) and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).

Sep 24 2019

34mins

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“Blur" by Carmen Maria Machado

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A woman in a troubled relationship loses her glasses at a rest stop along the highway, and the world shifts in and out of focus. Content advisory: explicit language, abuse

From the forthcoming collection A BRIEF AND FEARFUL STAR, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. 


This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR) and Native (www.nativedeodorant.com code: LEVAR).

Sep 17 2019

41mins

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“Face Value” by Sean Williams

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A team of peace-keepers investigate an inventor with an astonishing claim.


This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR) and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).

Sep 10 2019

44mins

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"Small Medicine" by Genevieve Valentine

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A girl scrutinizes the line between humans and robots when her grandmother is replaced with a replica. Content advisory: Death or dying, self-harming behaviors



This episode is sponsored by There Will Come a Darkness, A Life Lived podcast, and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).

Sep 03 2019

46mins

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"Cuisine des Mémoires" by N.K. Jemisin

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A themed restaurant presents a very unique opportunity to its patrons. This story appears in N.K. Jemisin's collection HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH?



This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).

Aug 27 2019

48mins

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"Shoggoths in Traffic" by Tobias S. Buckell

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Two co-workers repossess a car to make some quick cash, and get mixed up in a surprising and much larger scheme. Content advisory tags: Blood, Road Collision



This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR).

Aug 20 2019

39mins

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"The Simplest Equation" by Nicky Drayden

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A struggling college student gains new perspective on her studies from her classmate, who's come to study from another planet. This story was first published in Space and Time Magazine. 


This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/LEVAR) and Native (www.nativedeodorant.com code: LEVAR).

Aug 13 2019

35mins

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"L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)" by Dean Francis Alfar

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A young woman sets out on a quest to find all of the impossible materials needed to build a kite that can carry her to the stars.



This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar), Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR), and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).

Jun 18 2019

40mins

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"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 2 by Ted Chiang

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Join us for the conclusion of this time travel tale set in medieval Baghdad. “The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate” is from EXHALATION by Ted Chiang, published by Penguin Random House Audio, an

imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.


This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar) and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).

Jun 11 2019

48mins

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"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 1 by Ted Chiang

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A wandering merchant in medieval Baghdad is brought before the Caliph, and recounts tales of ingenious gates that allow time travel to the past and future. “The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate” is from EXHALATION by Ted Chiang, published by Penguin Random House Audio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.


This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House (www.penguinrandomhouse.com/levar) and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/levar code: LEVAR).

Jun 05 2019

53mins

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"Flying Carpets" by Steven Millhauser

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A man remembers a summer from his youth, filled with rides on a flying carpet. “Flying Carpets” is from Steven Millhauser’s collection THE KNIFE THROWER: AND OTHER STORIES, published by Crown in 1998.

This episode is sponsored by Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR).

May 28 2019

34mins

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"Toward Happy Civilization" by Samanta Schweblin

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A man finds something strange going on at a rural train station. “Toward Happy Civilization” is from MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS by Samanta Schweblin, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.


This episode is sponsored by Aunt Fannie's (www.auntfannies.com/summer code: LEVAR).

May 21 2019

44mins

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iTunes Ratings

9486 Ratings
Average Ratings
9026
252
91
56
61

Listen to this podcast now!

By SeaLass - Jan 06 2020
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Listen. It’s worth your time.

The title says it all

By Andrew132676 - Dec 28 2019
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LeVar Burton Reads - why are you reading this and not subscribed already?