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, Ont. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)
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When it comes to storytelling, one person reigns supreme: LeVar Burton. For years, Burton 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 on 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 joins Tom Power live in the q studio to tell us more about his latest project. He's in Toronto for the Hot Docs Podcast Festival where he'll be taking the stage tonight. 

Listen to the full conversation with LeVar Burton near the top of this page. 

Produced by ​Ben Edwards


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