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LeVar Burton keeps the sunlight shining through the Reading Rainbow
LeVar Burton keeps the sunlight shining through the Reading Rainbow

Toward the back of LeVar Burton's L.A. office there's a room filled with people testing software, including some, in teeny chairs, who are about 6 years old. Welcome to Reading Rainbow, the former PBS television show turned iPad app that's poised to roll out its next iteration on the Web. None of that would have happened without Burton, who served as host of the show during its more than two-decade-long run, exploiting television's tools to engage early readers and earning 26 Emmys in the process. When the program was canceled, Burton and his business partner, Mark Wolfe, spent years fighting to acquire the brand so they could continue it for a new, digital...

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