LeVar Burton’s Next Story
In actor LeVar Burton’s podcast, sounds have gone missing. Can Burton and Detective Hunch solve the mystery?
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Actor and director LeVar Burton has always loved a good story, and he knows that kids do, too. Burton’s new podcast, Sound Detectives, is a juicy mystery series that has kids listening closely.
In the podcast, Burton is getting ready to open the Museum of Sound, which celebrates all the wonderful sounds in the universe. When he discovers that some sounds have been separated from their sources, he hires Detective Hunch to find them. With help from a giant ear named Audie, Burton and the detective work to track down those sounds…and catch the thief who has been stealing them.
Burton first became famous when he played Kunta Kinte, a man who was captured and then enslaved, in the 1977 TV miniseries Roots. Since then, he has had numerous acting roles. Star Trek fans know him as Geordi La Forge in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
But Burton is equally well known as the host of a kids’ TV series called Reading Rainbow, which ran from 1983 to 2006. In that show, Burton read and recommended fantastic books, inspiring many kids to become enthusiastic readers. Today, many of those same kids (who are now adults) listen to LeVar Burton Reads, a podcast on which Burton reads stories out loud.
Sound Detectives is Burton’s first podcast for kids. He hopes it will take listeners on a great adventure and inspire them to keep exploring.
“[Sound Detectives] appeals to the…curiosity in a child about the world around them,” Burton told the New York Times. “It introduces them to parts of the world that they might not have yet been exposed to.”