Series: LeVar Burton Reads

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 Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath…

Nnedi Okorafor, Author of “Mother of Invention”, Part 3

LeVar talks to Africanfuturist Nnedi Okorafor about the visceral nature of her writing, writing a beautiful and green future for the Niger Delta, and how human-AI relationships can feel like parent-child relationships. Plus, she’ll tell us what she thinks happens after those final tense moments in “Mother of Invention”. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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“Mother of Invention” by Nnedi Okorafor, Part 2

Join us for the conclusion of this smart house story set in a future Nigeria. Will Anwuli and her child survive the storm? Content advisory: blood See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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“Mother of Invention” by Nnedi Okorafor, Part 1

A young woman in a future Nigeria finds herself in a deadly pollen storm, alone but for her smart home. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Miniseries Coming November 17

LeVar announces a special three-part series featuring one of his favorite authors! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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“Little Man” by Michael Cunningham

A 200-year-old gnome desperately wants to become a father. “Little Man” is from A WILD SWAN AND OTHER TALES by Michael Cunningham, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu.Text copyright © 2015 by Mare Vaporum Corp. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, © 2015 by Mare Vaporum Corp See omnystudio.com/listener…

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“The Story We Used to Tell” by Shirley Jackson

A recently widowed woman vanishes overnight. Content advisory: violence, death “The Story We Used to Tell” is from DARK TALES by Shirley Jackson, published by Penguin Classics, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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“A Good Friday” by Barbara Jenkins

A chance encounter in a bar leads to an eventful Good Friday for a devout woman and a playboy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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“Low Energy Economy” by Adrian Tchaikovsky

An asteroid miner on a solo space mission finds his sense of purpose. This story appears in the anthology CONSOLATION SONGS. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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“Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death and, Subsequently, Her Best Life” by Rebecca Roanhorse

A young Black girl in 1880s New Mexico territory seeks vengeance, risking life and love in the process. Content Advisory: violence, death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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“Dune Song” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

A young girl must negotiate her own path out of a strict community in a post-disaster desertland. Visit www.suyidavies.com for more information on Suyi’s work, including his novel DAVID MOGO, GODHUNTER. Content Advisory: physical violence See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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