The Jordan Harbinger Show

213: LeVar Burton | Storytelling the Enemies of Education Off

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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