Commentary: Trek Stars 114: Kid Book Inception / by Mike Schindler

Burton, Part 3: Reading Rainbow

Years before barrel-rolling into our hearts as Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, LeVar Burton was already very well established from years of work as the host and producer of Reading Rainbow. The PBS series encouraged children to read by offering book recommendations accompanied by filmed "field trips," which took a closer look at the real-world elements from the stories. Over the course of the show's sixteen seasons, Burton won twelve Emmy Awards.

In this episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, Mike, Max and John take a look at Burton's work on Reading Rainbow. We discuss its impact on the youth of America, what it means to today's generation of kids, and how it has been relaunched as an interactive app.

Running Time: 39 minutes 34 seconds


Mike Schindler, Max Hegel and John Mills

Editor and Producer

Mike Schindler

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

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Will Nguyen

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Reading Rainbow (00:00:45)
The TNG Episode (00:11:15)
The App (00:20:52)
Wrap-up (00:33:01)

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