LeVar Burton is making a return to kids’s leisure with Sound Detectives, a podcast debuting this spring from SiriusXM’s Stitcher.
Created by Burton in collaboration with Julia Smith and Joanna Sokolowski, Sound Detectives begins with the premise that sounds are beginning to go lacking on the planet, and the wrongdoer seems to be the so-called Sound Swindler. To resolve the case, the characters Detective Hunch and Audie the Ear will lead children on a story journey that engages their listening abilities as they evaluate and distinction sounds. Every episode will even happen in a distinct location on the planet, showcasing totally different cultures, as younger listeners attempt to determine what a sound is and the place it’s coming from.
Talking on the Shopper Electronics Present in Las Vegas on Friday, Burton mentioned that as a navy child rising up abroad, he usually relied on the radio for leisure when residing in places with out English-language TV. “That’s the place I found that theater of the thoughts, listening to a narrative unfold and connecting to it purely in my creativeness primarily based on what I used to be listening to. It’s an actual totally different expertise,” Burton mentioned. “I cherished the chance to have the ability to faucet into that side of ourselves, the aural nature of the human being and what it may well deliver to us in our lives.”
With Sound Detectives, Burton noticed a possibility to assist direct children away from screens and interact their brains in a distinct method — an indicator of kids’s podcasts, a style that has seen huge progress lately. “It’s actually about satiating the curiosity of children, giving them a possibility to make use of a distinct a part of their brains and totally different skillsets than we usually use in a really visually dominated world,” Burton mentioned.
Sound Detectives can be Burton’s second podcast following LeVar Burton Reads, one other Burton and Stitcher manufacturing that options the previous Studying Rainbow host sharing works of quick fiction. The collection has been downloaded greater than 25 million occasions, in response to SiriusXM.
Sound Detectives is govt produced by Burton and Josephine Martorana (LeVar Burton Reads, Science Guidelines! with Invoice Nye). SXM Media may have the unique world advert gross sales rights for the collection.