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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 NeilRead more

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Revisited (Halloween Edition!): "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages

Oct 26 • 51:32

Revisited: "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse

Oct 19 • 55:24

A tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it’s like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. For more great writing by Rebecca, check out her acclaimed debut novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, as well as BLACK SUN, the first installment of her 'Between Earth and Sky' series. You can preorder the next book, FEVERED STAR, ri...

"The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

Oct 12 • 54:09

An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES, available now from Saga Press....

"On the Lonely Shore" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Sep 7 • 39:05

"Tía Abuela's Face, Ten Ways" by Lisa M. Bradley

Aug 31 • 34:49

"Shock of Birth" by Cadwell Turnbull

Aug 24 • 39:03

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

Content advisory: mention of mental illness

Only a few more days to enter the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details....

"Words We Say Instead" by Brit E. B. Hvide

Aug 17 • 49:39

"The Years of My Birth" by Louise Erdrich

Aug 10 • 46:01

A woman recounts the story of her birth as a surprise twin and adoption by a Native American couple, and questions the strange presence she has felt with her since childhood....

"You Perfect, Broken Thing" by C.L. Clark

Aug 3 • 40:08

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