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Widely known and loved for his roles as host of PBS’s children’s series Reading Rainbow and as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, LeVar Burton is an actor, educator, director, author, producer, and children’s literacy advocate. Since being nominated for an Emmy for his breakthrough role playing Kunta Kinte in ABC’s 1977 award-winning drama series Roots, Burton has won 12 Emmys, 18 Emmy nominations and many other awards and honors throughout his acting career. He has directed more Star Trek episodes than any other former cast member, as well as movies such as the 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House and his first theatrical film Blizzard (2003), for which he received a “Best of Fest” award from the Chicago International Children’s Film

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Widely known and loved for his roles as host of PBS’s children’s series Reading Rainbow and as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, LeVar Burton is an actor, educator, director, author, producer, and children’s literacy advocate. Since being nominated for an Emmy for his breakthrough role playing Kunta Kinte in ABC’s 1977 award-winning drama series Roots, Burton has won 12 Emmys, 18 Emmy nominations and many other awards and honors throughout his acting career.

He has directed more Star Trek episodes than any other former cast member, as well as movies such as the 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House and his first theatrical film Blizzard (2003), for which he received a “Best of Fest” award from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, as well as a Genie Award nomination. In 2012 he co-founded LeVar Burton Kids, a new-media company for children and creators of Skybrary, an interactive library of digital books and video explorations that became the #1 educational app within 36 hours of its launch. In 2017 he began LeVar Burton Reads, a podcast featuring his narration of short stories.

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Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University and serves as chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. With colleague Alex Tabarrok, Cowen is coauthor of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution and cofounder of the online educational platform Marginal Revolution University.

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