If you’re a certain age, you probably know LeVar Burton best as Kunta Kinte in the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries Roots. If you’re younger, you may remember him better as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Most recently, you can catch him as Dean Paul Haley opposite Eric McCormack on the freshman TNT drama Perception.
But who are we kidding? LeVar Burton is known to multiple generations as the host of Reading Rainbow, the beloved PBS series about the power of reading that launched in 1983. Contract renewal issues ultimately led to the show’s cancellation in 2009, but earlier this year Reading Rainbow relaunched as an iPad app, and this month, for the first time ever, the entire series is available to the public, on iTunes. (The app is available as a free download, with a subscription to a full complement of children’s books for $9.99 a month.)
As someone who was raised on the show, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to chat up the 55-year-old actor, who spoke with me after spending the day lecturing at the University of Michigan, where his daughter is going to school. That’s only fitting, given Burton’s lifelong passion for education. But you don’t have to take my word for it… READ FULL STORY »