Actor, director and educator LeVar Burton will launch his first children’s podcast this spring. Called Sound Detectives, the series was created by Burton in collaboration with Julia Smith and Joanna Sokolowski, who are teaming up with Stitcher to produce and distribute the podcast.
Sound Detective features the story of Detective Hunch and Audie the Ear, who will teach kids to listen closely and use comparison and contrast, while introducing them to cultures around the world.
“Children are born curious. They view the world with a sense of awe and wonder. It is our job as content creators to satiate this curiosity, and Sound Detectives does just that,” said Burton. “I couldn’t be more proud of this series — the first of many in the kids and family podcasting space from LeVar Burton Entertainment.”
As the host and executive producer of PBS’s Reading Rainbow series, which ran for 23 seasons, Burton is no stranger to educating and entertaining children. His work in the field recently earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Children’s and Family Emmys.
“LeVar holds a special place for millions of people whose minds and hearts he expanded as television’s biggest champion for literacy,” said Natalie Mooallem, Stitcher’s Vice President of Content Development & Acquisition. “Sound Detectives continues in that tradition, giving a new generation of kids a place to interact with and learn about the world around them. We’re honored that we can help him bring this series to life, and excited for everyone to listen.”
Sound Detectives will be executive produced by Burton (Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton Reads) and Josephine Martorana (LeVar Burton Reads, Science Rules! with Bill Nye). SXM Media will handle advertising sales for the show.
Sound Detectives is the second podcast from Burton. His critically-acclaimed LeVar Burton Reads series is currently in its 11th season, and even transformed into a popular livestream show during the pandemic shut down of 2020.