About the Program

Guest host LeVar Burton presents a program celebrating the author he calls “potent and polemical.” Christopher Jackson reads an excerpt from Baldwin’s famous letter The Fire Next Time: in “My Dungeon Shook,” he addresses internalized racism. Next, Anthony Rapp performs an excerpt from Giovanni's Room, in which an expat comes to terms with his sexuality and loneliness in Paris. And Baldwin contemplates The Great Migration in his novel Go Tell It On The Mountain. We hear an excerpt performed by Charlayne Woodard.

This program originally aired in 2019

SELECTED SHORTS is one of public media’s longest-running cultural shows, offering short fiction in performance by distinguished actors from stage, screen, television and audio.


One hour

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Promo spot available: December 29, 2020
Program rundown available: January 4, 2021
Date content will be uploaded: January 4, 2021


Broadcast Window

January 5, 2021 - February 28, 2021

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before March 1, 2021. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted.Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton is best known for his television work, most notably on the award-winning series Roots, Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Additional film and television credits include Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Ali, Community, The Big Bang Theory, Perception, and Weird City. He directed multiple episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, Perception, NCIS: New Orleans, and the Disney Channel’s Smart House, and will direct the forthcoming docuseries Two-Front War. Earlier this year, he released the video series This Is My Story. Burton’s work has been honored with the Peabody Award, numerous Image and Emmy Awards, and a Grammy. He currently hosts the podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

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