Podcast

Shannon Cason's Homemade Stories

Short stories and commentary by writer/storyteller, Shannon Cason.

Episodes

  • HS #105 A Kinda Beauty

    Mar 19 2019

    Raymond Christian tells a short visual story of the horrible beauty of war. A true soldier's story with drum solo accompaniment.

  • HS #104 1985 AJ1 Original OG

    Mar 07 2019

    It's 1985 and every person who loves basketball wants one pair of shoes - the original Air Jordans. A story about my journey to the prize. Thanks to Grandma Mary. This is a rebroadcast with new intro/outro.

  • HS #103 Hair Capital of the World

    Feb 20 2019

    My dad did business in Detroit's hair salons, and I followed behind carrying his briefcase. WDET asked me to highlight Detroit's black hair community in a piece for WDET's Framed By series. Give a listen. More at framedbywdet.org

  • HS #102 Help for Men

    Feb 05 2019

    Straight talk for men of a certain age. Men over 40 need some love too.

  • HS #101 Bad Coffee

    Jan 23 2019

    An aftermath story to my popular Insidious story. Overcoming addiction is a consistent process of ups and downs and taking one day at a time.

  • HS #100 Letter to a Friend

    Jan 08 2019

    I consider listeners and supporters of Homemade Stories friends. Here's a letter to you for my 100th episodes and first episode of 2019. It gets more and more real as it reads.

  • HS #99 Hi, My Name Is Shannon

    Jul 10 2018

    The 1994 Freaknik spring break in Atlanta is the scene. College spring break is a perfect time to come out of your insecurities and let loose. My breaking loose was more practiced and rehearsed, but it did the job well.

  • HS #98 A Perfect Day

    Mar 06 2018

    A change in routine turns out to be a perfect Daddy Daughter Day in Downtown Detroit.

  • The Trouble with Shannon Cason Preview

    Feb 18 2018

    Type "The Trouble" to subscribe... Trouble — we've all been in it. Some more than others. Some worse than others. Award-winning storyteller Shannon Cason has faced a few problems of his own. Now he talks with others about getting in, and out, of trouble of all stripes.

  • HS #97 Resolutions

    Jan 18 2018

    An honest take on setting our resolutions and goals for this new year.

  • HS #96 Downstairs Neighbors

    Oct 12 2017

    A live story about my most memorable neighbors to date. This live story was also featured in the Moth Book, All These Wonders.

  • HS #95 Detroit 1967

    Aug 07 2017

    This is an extended conversation I had with my dad, Billy Cason, about the 1967 Riots in Detroit. He was there 50 years ago. I wish I could say those days are distant memories. Can't.

  • HS #94 Thorn in my Flesh

    Jul 18 2017

    My simple mind at work in the morning. Getting familiar with myself and considering how to start my day.

  • HS #93 Karaoke

    Jun 21 2017

    An offer to perform in a 2Pac Tribute Karaoke show becomes a good life lesson.

  • HS #92 Is Anything Perfect?

    Mar 08 2017

    I do a lot of podcast appearances. This episode is an appearance from The Perfect Podcast with Sean David Johnson. We talk about perfection and a perfect song for motivation.

  • HS #91 Back To School

    Feb 03 2017

    I run into an old high school buddy who invites me to our old high school to speak to the young men of Ecorse Michigan. This is my first time back to Ecorse High School in many years. I was initially attracted to speaking in front of people at this school.

  • HS #90 Origin Story

    Dec 30 2016

    Why do we do what we do? We have to go back to the beginning to figure that out. I reflect about the start of Homemade Stories at end of 2016. Happy New Year! Make sure to live an even better story in 2017!

  • HS #89 The Struggle is Real

    Nov 03 2016

    My first one-hour radio special with WBEZ Chicago is a collection of remixed and remastered personal stories. It aired on public radio stations throughout the nation early 2016. I called it: The Struggle is Real. It's about that time to start working on a new one-hour special...but listen to this one now available on the podcast. Thank you!

  • HS #88 Do Something Different

    Oct 20 2016

    Trying to find a format that fits my current on-the-go lifestyle is a challenge, but I think I found the ANSWER.

  • HS #87 Three-Card Monte

    Sep 07 2016

    The dark side of curiosity​ is curious people are the best marks. This is a special episode originally from WBEZ's Curious City. Stay curious.

  • HS #86 Cheating

    Aug 02 2016

    Why use a prettier name for it? Call it what it is. Most of us who have been in relationships have to face this demon at some stage in life. Is it a growing pain or fatal?

  • HS #85 Shannon Cason Sucks

    Jul 19 2016

    An exploration of fessing up for obligations I feel pressure to fulfill. Inspired by a beer I enjoy drinking. I know I don't really suck, but I do at the same time...esp depending on who you're asking. So I'll just admit it. I suck.

  • HS #84 A Beautiful Name

    May 24 2016

    From the Homemade Stories Live show in Detroit on Mother's Day, Dame Wilburn shares some memories about her lively mom. And I talk about my mom's beautiful name.

  • HS #83 For the Students

    Apr 28 2016

    I did a storytelling workshop at Indiana University with The Moth, and some of the stories stuck to my bones, especially this one story.

  • HS #82 A Single Man

    Apr 12 2016

    I was given a lot of advice when I was single-ish, so I'm passing on some of the advice I got - good and bad.

  • HS #81 Homecoming

    Mar 29 2016

    I went back to my old university, MSU, and shared a TEDx Talk on the largest stage on campus. It had been a decade since I'd last visited. It was a nice way to return.

  • HS #80 The Open Mic

    Mar 23 2016

    A suggestion from an audience member sends me in a totally different direction into the world of comedy. Featuring comedian Tim Barnes.

  • HS #79 Life of Music

    Feb 29 2016

    If my life had a soundtrack, this would be the soundtrack. Music carries memories.

  • HS #78 My Chicago Blues

    Oct 23 2015

    I've lived or worked on most sides of the city of Chicago -- Downtown, Southside, Westside, Northside. And on every side of town you can hear the blues. This is the first story I told at a Moth StorySLAM. The theme was "Neighborhoods." Also, it's one of my first Homemade Stories episodes, re-recorded and remixed.

  • HS #77 The Man

    Oct 09 2015

    My dad is Billy Cason, a true Detroit original. I took a microphone to my dad's room in the back of the house and let him talk into it about his life in the Army and his life in Detroit.

  • HS #76 Every Word Understood

    Sep 25 2015

    Guest storyteller Lily Be tells a story of racial ambiguity and disrespect on a Chicago bus.

  • HS #75 A Simple Honest Story

    Sep 12 2015

    The challenges and reflections of going back home... and starting over. A personal and raw story highlighting a move home to Detroit from Chicago.

  • HS #74 The Little Box

    Aug 28 2015

    It feels like I have a disease that will never ever go away and I have to check a box to notify every potential employer about it.

  • HS #73 Razor Bumps

    Aug 14 2015

    After puberty acne, a second puberty was lurking around the corner when hair growth caused razor bumps. On my journey to clearer skin I tried everything until I settled on a solution that was right under my nose. This episode includes important information to avoid razor bumps ... and to not look like a monster from creature features.

  • HS #71 Wear More Suits

    Jul 18 2015

    A lost episode is found. Audio from the live show, The Paper Machete, at Chicago's legendary Green Mill. An essay about men's responsibility to upgrade their style for the fashion landscape of Chicago.

  • HS #70 Michael Jordan AJ1

    Jul 05 2015

    A story set in the 80's about the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan... a player that a lot of kids worldwide loved... and his kicks. The best player ever... and the best shoe ever... but the best grandma ever tops it all for a Detroiter like me.

  • HS #69 Evangelism

    Jun 20 2015

    Remembering my time and effort in my church's evangelism ministry. Not everyone is cut out to be a salesman on Team Jesus.

  • HS #68 Live & Learn

    May 15 2015

    An old journal entry details the first time I was fired from my summer job. It's an experience that taught me a life lesson in temperance.

  • HS #67 Nostalgia

    May 01 2015

    An essay from my younger self in 10th Grade History Class is a challenge to be a bigger mentor and role model. It's important to listen to your younger self.

  • HS #66 Dignitary from Detroit

    Apr 18 2015

    I was invited to tell stories in Lewiston, Maine, an old mill town right outside of Portland for a storytelling show named The Corner. I'm treated well, I learn a lot, but I can't decide what story to tell...

  • HS #65 My Father's Camera (remix from the archives)

    Apr 03 2015

    One of the first stories I ever wrote. And the first story I ever told on stage. My Father's Camera is a fictional story about a man seeking to express himself through something his father handed down.

  • HS #64 Much Heart

    Mar 25 2015

    A story of a single mother who has to make a serious decision. Life is never perfect, but love can be. A peek into the life of a Homemade Stories listener.

  • HS #63 My Dream Job

    Mar 12 2015

    I've held a number of jobs that weren't exactly the jobs of my dreams. One job was at Macy's State Street in the Women's Shoe department in Chicago. I figured out it's not so important to find the job of your dreams. It's more important that the jobs you take are on the journey to the life of your dreams. And as long as you work around good people, pretty much anything is bearable.

  • HS #62 Read More

    Feb 27 2015

    Reading is an acquired taste. If you want to acquire the taste for books and words, you have to endure hours, days and weeks of boredom. The fact is: Reading is boring! But being bored is okay. It’s alright to be bored. Thanks to my cousin, Mary, for that bit of advice!

  • HS #61 Words & Connections

    Feb 05 2015

    Over five years of podcasting, I've made a lot of connections with listeners. Their lives and stories affect me deeply. Honestly, I don’t think their words are only for me. On this episode, I share some of those words.

  • HS #60 Older Women

    Jan 21 2015

    Nothing wrong with loving an older woman. I've done it most of my life. In this episode, chasing an older women is costly, but the experience was well worth it.

  • HS #59 Portland, OR

    Jan 06 2015

    All of our families are similar -- and interesting -- in a lot of ways. Here are some scenes from a visit to Portland, Oregon, and some time spent with a smart, interesting family.

  • HS #58 Police

    Nov 28 2014

    Police interactions don't have to all be negative. Unfortunately, for me, they usually have been...

  • HS #57 It's Cold

    Nov 19 2014

    In the Midwest during this time in the year there's snow, frost, and sometimes icy tragedy.

  • HS #56 Bicycles

    Oct 31 2014

    Bicycles are fun. Bicycles are also a great form of transportation. Here's two bike disaster stories told when hosting New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat. Bike smart - Wear a helmet.

  • HS #55 Swim

    Oct 07 2014

    Inspiration is underrated. Here's some motivation for you. It's a re-release, but we all needed to be re-motivated. Swim. Never sink. http://threedailydelights.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/day-706/

  • HS #54 I Love TV

    Sep 24 2014

    A fictional story about most people's favorite pastime. Everyone who is normal, loves television. For Henry though, TV is more than just a love, it's his life. See how far he goes just to participate in his favorite hobby.

  • HS #53 The Only Excuse

    Sep 02 2014

    Shannon's dad is always adamant never to accept any excuses ever...only one excuse is acceptable. This episode includes conversion vans, road trips, Detroit hair styles, and Bruce Lee.

  • HS #52 Home

    Aug 19 2014

    Eight years plus in Chicago, seeking an immediate change of venue, traveling home to Detroit to recharge, to regroup, to reevaluate. Homemade Stories #52 examines family, work, art, change, and home.

  • HS #51 Bathhouse

    Aug 06 2014

    It's okay for a man to pamper himself. Going to the bathhouse with a friend for chicken soup is perfectly normal, right? This episode dives right into new experiences...within reason.

  • HS #50 Casino Girl

    Jul 27 2014

    Money was won and lost in the casinos... mostly lost. And relationships started and ended the same. In this episode, Shannon remembers an old friend with similar goals and challenges.

  • HS #49 Johnny Walker Smith

    Jul 15 2014

    Shannon Cason spins an A&E style biography about fictional actor Johnny Walker Smith and his life-long pursuit for an acting career dream. Many interview recount the tale of Smith as they talk about his venture into many different roles.

  • HS #48 Stop Snitchin'

    Jul 01 2014

    To tell or not to tell, that is the question... In this episode of Homemade Stories, new neighbors move into the apartment below Shannon and his family. The new neighbors have a big problem that is bringing the neighborhood down. They also have a little girl that can't be ignored. Shannon faces the dilemma...to tell or not to tell the proper authorities. Do you stop snitchin' or start snitchin'?

  • HS #47 Be You

    Mar 01 2013

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #46 Daddy's Day

    Feb 15 2013

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #45 Summer Madness

    Feb 01 2013

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #44 Jet Magazine

    Jan 15 2013

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #43 People Watching

    Jan 01 2013

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #42 Elementary

    Dec 15 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #41 Grandma's Gun

    Dec 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #40 Making Zoe

    Nov 15 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #39 One Perfect Thing

    Nov 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #38 Cadillac Limousine

    Oct 15 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #37 The Thinker

    Oct 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #36 The Lord's Prayer

    Sep 15 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #35 Super

    Sep 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #34 Probation

    Aug 15 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #33 Ecorse Michigan

    Aug 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #32 Stories From The Moth

    Jul 15 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #31 What Is Storytelling

    Jul 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #30 The Palms

    Jun 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #28 The Shoe Shine Man

    May 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #27 Bronzeville

    Apr 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #26 Swim

    Mar 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #25 My Dad's Room

    Feb 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #24 Whatever Happened To Dance Offs

    Jan 01 2012

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #23 I Love Dance

    Dec 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #22 Daddy

    Nov 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #21 Drano

    Sep 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #20 Dark Christmas Morning

    Aug 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #19 High School

    Jul 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #18 The Dentist

    Jun 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #17 Insidious

    May 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #16 Don't Read

    Apr 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #15 Help for Women

    Mar 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #14 My Christmas Blues

    Feb 01 2011

    Short Stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #13 Jesus Stole My GF

    Jan 01 2011

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #12 I'm the X in the Sebring

    Dec 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #11 Shufflin Man

    Oct 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #10 Nursery Rhymes

    Sep 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #9 The Purple Tape

    Aug 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #8 The Moth Busted

    Jul 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #7 Peanuts

    Jun 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #6 He Said, She Said

    May 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #5 My Father's Camera

    Apr 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #4 The Moth My Chicago Blues

    Mar 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #3 The Beginnings Of Lil Knuc Knuc

    Feb 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #2 I'm A Lucky Guy, Right

    Jan 01 2010

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.

  • HS #1 First Warm Day

    Dec 01 2009

    Short stories shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.