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An Arts and Performing Arts podcast featuring LeVar Burton
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46: The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" Part 1 by Ted Chiang
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 Pengu…
45: "Flying Carpets" by Steven Millhauser
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/…
44: "Toward Happy Civilization" by Samanta Schweblin
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 LL…
43: "The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex" by Tobias S. Buckell
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/L…
42: "Republica and Grau" by Daniel Alarcón
A ten year old boy is enlisted to help a blind man beg at a traffic intersection, and is exposed to a new side of humanity. “Republica and Grau” is from THE KING IS ALWAYS ABOVE THE PEOPLE by Daniel Alarcón, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint…
41: "Mister Hadj's Sunset Ride" by Saladin Ahmed
A bounty hunter reminisces about his escapades with an old mentor and friend in this weird western. This story appears in the magazine BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES.This episode is sponsored by Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/levarburton).
40: “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn
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).
39: "Kwoon" by Charles Johnson
A martial arts instructor meets his match. "Kwoon" appears in Charles Johnson's collection DR. KING'S REFRIGERATOR AND OTHER BEDTIME STORIES.This episode is sponsored by Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR) and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/LEVAR).
38: "Free Jim's Mine" by Tananarive Due
In pursuit of freedom from slavery, a young couple must gather up their courage and spend a night underground. "Free Jim's Mine" appears in Tananarive Due's collection GHOST SUMMER: STORIES.
37: "Miracle" by Tope Folarin
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).
LeVar Burton Reads Returns April 2nd!
All-new journeys await you in Season 4 of LeVar Burton Reads. Your daily life will seem light years away! Hear a sneak peek of "Miracle" now.
LIVE! in Boston: "Mono No Aware" by Ken Liu
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. K…
LIVE! in New Jersey: "Driftglass" by Samuel R. Delany
As a new frontier is explored on the ocean floor, an amphiman is haunted by a deep sea accident from his youth. Recorded live at the Scottish Rite Auditorium with musical accompaniment by Kendrah Butler. "Driftglass" is contained in AYE, AND GOMORR…
LIVE! in DC: "A Dark Night" by Edward P. Jones
A stormy evening leads to a dark night of the soul. Recorded live at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. with musical accompaniment by Élise Cuffy. "A Dark Night" appears in Edward P. Jones' collection LOST IN THE CITY.
LIVE! in Dallas: "In the City of Martyrs" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
A fantasy tale about a royal family, a flower seller, and a shocking discovery. Recorded live at the Majestic Theatre with musical accompaniment by Zhenya Rock. This episode is sponsored by Calm (www.calm.com/LEVAR).
LIVE! in Toronto: "Four Stations in His Circle" by Austin Clarke
Language Advisory: This story contains adult language. An immigrant from Barbados strives to shake off his past, buy his dream house, and climb the ranks in Toronto. From the collection CHOOSING HIS COFFIN. Recorded live at the Hot Docs Podcast Fes…
LIVE! in Atlanta: "The Vishakanya's Choice" by Roshani Chokshi
After spending years in isolation with her vishakanya sisters, a poison maiden is given her first deadly mission. © 2015 Roshani Chokshi, as first appeared on BookSmugglers.com. Recorded live at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, with musical accompanim…
LIVE! in Austin: "Asymmetry" by Kendra Fortmeyer
While suffering through a breakup, a woman encounters a strange figure. Recorded live in Austin at the Paramount Theatre, with musical accompaniment by Peter Tran of Curved Light.
LIVE! in Brooklyn: "Playing Nice with God's Bowling Ball" by N.K. Jemisin
In this fantastical police procedural, detectives are perplexed when a young boy confesses to a murder. "Playing Nice with God's Bowling Ball" was originally published in the August 2008 issue of Jim Baen’s Universe. N. K. Jemisin's new collection …
Episode 36: "Morning Child" by Gardner Dozois
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 Clean…
Episode 35: "Yiwu" by Lavie Tidhar
For a humble shopkeeper in Yiwu, it’s a living, selling lottery tickets. Until a winning ticket opens up mysteries he’d never imagined.This episode is sponsored by Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/L…
Episode 34: "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 WONDERS.This episode is sponsored by Sierra Club (www.beyondcoal.org/stories), Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), Calm (ww…
Episode 33: "The Cell Phones" by Karen E. Bender
A Rosh Hashanah service is interrupted by voices clamoring for attention. This story appears in the forthcoming collection THE NEW ORDER.This episode is sponsored by Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com…
Introducing Wolverine: The Long Night
A little something extra for you this week: a preview of Marvel’s first scripted podcast, Wolverine: The Long Night. The first episodes are out right now, free, wherever you get podcasts.
Episode 32: "Jackalope Wives" by Ursula Vernon
A brooding young man is captivated by a magical creature who dances in the firelight. This story appears in JACKALOPE WIVES AND OTHER STORIES by T. Kingfisher.This episode is sponsored by Sierra Club (www.beyondcoal.org/stories), Bona Floor Cleane…
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Jun 2nd, 2017
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