LeVar Burton on the value of stories and storytelling

The Star Trek, Reading Rainbow and Roots actor tells us why he wants people to take a break from their daily lives and listen to a story on his new podcast LeVar Burton Reads.
LeVar Burton with host Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

Originally published on Nov. 2, 2018

When it comes to storytelling, one person reigns supreme: LeVar Burton.

For years, the Star Trek and Roots actor helped parents raise their children by sharing stories as the host of Reading Rainbow. The show encouraged a whole generation of young people to get out to the library and escape inside a good book.

Today, Burton is still telling stories, but now with his own podcast: LeVar Burton Reads. His mission is to get adults to take some time to enjoy a good story and listen to the ones he'll share through your headphones. 

Burton joined Tom Power live in the Q studio to tell us more about his podcast in 2018, when he was in town for the Hot Docs Film Festival. 

Produced by ​Ben Edwards


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