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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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