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HS #96 Downstairs Neighbors

30:10 | Oct 12th, 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 #104 1985 AJ1 Original OG

20:23 | Mar 7th

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

13:58 | Feb 20th

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

25:31 | Feb 5th

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

HS #101 Bad Coffee

18:59 | Jan 23rd

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

21:49 | Jan 8th

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

23:13 | Jul 10th, 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

16:08 | Mar 6th, 2018

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

The Trouble with Shannon Cason Preview

03:51 | Feb 18th, 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 trou...Show More

HS #97 Resolutions

23:34 | Jan 18th, 2018

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

HS #95 Detroit 1967

33:01 | Aug 7th, 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

21:32 | Jul 18th, 2017

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

HS #93 Karaoke

35:55 | Jun 21st, 2017

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

HS #92 Is Anything Perfect?

56:41 | Mar 8th, 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

35:39 | Feb 3rd, 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 s...Show More

HS #90 Origin Story

28:55 | Dec 30th, 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

1:07:47 | Nov 3rd, 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...Show More

HS #88 Do Something Different

25:36 | Oct 20th, 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

30:05 | Sep 7th, 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

35:46 | Aug 2nd, 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

25:30 | Jul 19th, 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

31:31 | May 24th, 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

38:58 | Apr 28th, 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

38:34 | Apr 12th, 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

33:11 | Mar 29th, 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

34:25 | Mar 23rd, 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

31:01 | Feb 29th, 2016

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

HS #78 My Chicago Blues

27:00 | Oct 23rd, 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...Show More

HS #77 The Man

36:54 | Oct 9th, 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

26:41 | Sep 25th, 2015

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

HS #75 A Simple Honest Story

40:59 | Sep 12th, 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

31:43 | Aug 28th, 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

31:15 | Aug 14th, 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 infor...Show More

HS #71 Wear More Suits

26:00 | Jul 18th, 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

29:06 | Jul 5th, 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

25:17 | Jun 20th, 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

26:16 | May 15th, 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

25:42 | May 1st, 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

40:42 | Apr 18th, 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)

24:38 | Apr 3rd, 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

28:56 | Mar 25th, 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

30:06 | Mar 12th, 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...Show More

HS #62 Read More

26:14 | Feb 27th, 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...Show More

HS #61 Words & Connections

30:28 | Feb 5th, 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

35:20 | Jan 21st, 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

25:34 | Jan 6th, 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

27:12 | Nov 28th, 2014

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

HS #57 It's Cold

28:04 | Nov 19th, 2014

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

HS #56 Bicycles

37:28 | Oct 31st, 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

23:16 | Oct 7th, 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

21:09 | Sep 24th, 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

26:37 | Sep 2nd, 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

26:03 | Aug 19th, 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

22:57 | Aug 6th, 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

23:28 | Jul 27th, 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

36:31 | Jul 15th, 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'

28:35 | Jul 1st, 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 lit...Show More

HS #47 Be You

25:48 | Mar 1st, 2013

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HS #46 Daddy's Day

27:50 | Feb 15th, 2013

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HS #45 Summer Madness

23:51 | Feb 1st, 2013

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HS #44 Jet Magazine

28:13 | Jan 15th, 2013

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HS #43 People Watching

23:15 | Jan 1st, 2013

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HS #42 Elementary

19:11 | Dec 15th, 2012

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HS #41 Grandma's Gun

27:33 | Dec 1st, 2012

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HS #40 Making Zoe

33:14 | Nov 15th, 2012

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HS #39 One Perfect Thing

26:30 | Nov 1st, 2012

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HS #38 Cadillac Limousine

29:28 | Oct 15th, 2012

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HS #37 The Thinker

27:05 | Oct 1st, 2012

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HS #36 The Lord's Prayer

29:32 | Sep 15th, 2012

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HS #35 Super

23:13 | Sep 1st, 2012

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HS #34 Probation

26:52 | Aug 15th, 2012

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HS #33 Ecorse Michigan

36:57 | Aug 1st, 2012

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HS #32 Stories From The Moth

29:18 | Jul 15th, 2012

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HS #31 What Is Storytelling

29:19 | Jul 1st, 2012

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HS #30 The Palms

24:46 | Jun 1st, 2012

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HS #28 The Shoe Shine Man

26:02 | May 1st, 2012

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HS #27 Bronzeville

27:55 | Apr 1st, 2012

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HS #26 Swim

24:44 | Mar 1st, 2012

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HS #25 My Dad's Room

20:15 | Feb 1st, 2012

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HS #24 Whatever Happened To Dance Offs

20:00 | Jan 1st, 2012

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HS #23 I Love Dance

26:48 | Dec 1st, 2011

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HS #22 Daddy

22:05 | Nov 1st, 2011

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HS #21 Drano

25:28 | Sep 1st, 2011

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HS #20 Dark Christmas Morning

24:19 | Aug 1st, 2011

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HS #19 High School

26:25 | Jul 1st, 2011

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HS #18 The Dentist

26:44 | Jun 1st, 2011

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HS #17 Insidious

26:36 | May 1st, 2011

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HS #16 Don't Read

25:59 | Apr 1st, 2011

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HS #15 Help for Women

30:22 | Mar 1st, 2011

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HS #14 My Christmas Blues

24:50 | Feb 1st, 2011

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HS #13 Jesus Stole My GF

26:24 | Jan 1st, 2011

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HS #12 I'm the X in the Sebring

23:49 | Dec 1st, 2010

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HS #11 Shufflin Man

27:50 | Oct 1st, 2010

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HS #10 Nursery Rhymes

28:32 | Sep 1st, 2010

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HS #9 The Purple Tape

22:44 | Aug 1st, 2010

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HS #8 The Moth Busted

19:09 | Jul 1st, 2010

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HS #7 Peanuts

38:25 | Jun 1st, 2010

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HS #6 He Said, She Said

24:51 | May 1st, 2010

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HS #5 My Father's Camera

20:04 | Apr 1st, 2010

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HS #4 The Moth My Chicago Blues

24:30 | Mar 1st, 2010

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HS #3 The Beginnings Of Lil Knuc Knuc

17:40 | Feb 1st, 2010

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HS #2 I'm A Lucky Guy, Right

22:19 | Jan 1st, 2010

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HS #1 First Warm Day

27:47 | Dec 1st, 2009

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