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Ep. 61 LeVar Burton Conversation

LeVar Burton discusses why stories and storytelling are vitally impactful in our lives, the miracles he saw in his acting career and as the host of Reading Rainbow, and the inspiration that shaped his successful career and personal life.

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LeVar Burton is an actor, director, producer, host, and author. He has received numerous awards including 12 Emmy’s, a Grammy, and 5 NAACP awards. LeVar’s had many iconic roles including Kunta Kinte in Roots and Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: Next Generation. He was the host of Reading Rainbow for 23 seasons and is the host of the popular podcast LeVar Burtons Reads.

Listen to this episode and learn:

  • How the idea of Reading Rainbow came about, what contributed to the success of its 23 seasons, and why LeVar says storytelling is so important in the world today.
  • The number one question is that LeVar gets from “Trekkies” and his favorite episode.
  • Why LeVar says his whole life has been a miracle.
  • Where you can find LeVar on his podcast tour this month and what he is most looking forward to.
  • About the miracles LeVar saw on the set of Roots.
  • Why LeVar feels duty- and soul-bound to be a storyteller.


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