LeVar Burton (@levarburton) is an award-winning actor famous for iconic roles from Kunta Kinte in Roots to Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the host of long-running PBS series Reading Rainbow and the LeVar Burton Reads podcast.

What We Discuss with LeVar Burton:

  • How LeVar went from pursuing a vocation in the priesthood to acting in a miniseries that changed the national dialogue about slavery forever.
  • What LeVar’s Roots experience taught him about the power of television for education and engagement and how it paved the way for his involvement with Reading Rainbow.
  • The questions LeVar asks parents who want their kids to read more.
  • What it was like to act in Star Trek with the most expressive parts of his face covered and a head full of technobabble vocabulary.
  • How LeVar avoided melting down in spite of international attention from an early age and what he’s done to stay relevant over 40 years in show business.
  • And much more…

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LeVar Burton has a diverse resume that — presented in full — would stretch the length of the USS Enterprise. But here’s a brief summary: He landed his first audition for a major role at age 19 to portray Kunta Kinte in the 1977 television miniseries Roots, he hosted over 21 seasons of PBS children’s television series Reading Rainbow, and he played Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He now hosts the LeVar Burton Reads podcast, on which he handpicks his favorite short stories and shares them with us.

I wanted to find out why, despite early success, LeVar never had a Hollywood meltdown. Fortunately, he grew up with strong values and surrounded himself with the right kind of people — and we’ll learn how to do the same. We’ll also talk about the enemies of education and what we can do to make America smart again. This is a tale of self-sabotage, hustle, and resilience, and it’s about someone who has probably influenced almost every single person listening to The Jordan Harbinger Show. And if not? That’s about to change. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

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