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Short stories, interviews, and radio documentaries shared by award-winning storyteller Shannon Cason.
Short stories, interviews, and radio documentaries shared by award-winning storyteller Shannon Cason.
116 backers pledged $6,918 to help bring this project to life.

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Dear Kickstarter Supporter,

Since 2009, Homemade Stories Podcast has been original, down-to-earth, soulful storytelling. It has been a medium for writer and storyteller, Shannon Cason, to share his stories - both fiction and non-fiction - about memories. "Memories I have, wish I had, or hope I never have."

Sample episode: Homemade Stories #26 Swim (abridged)

For 2014, the tradition continues - ONLY BETTER!

We want to provide a better show:

  • Better sound production!
  • More bonus episodes (currently 1st & 15th)!
  • Interviews around Chicago, Detroit, and more!
  • Unique documentary style reporting!
  • More live shows recorded!

Sample live episode: Homemade Stories #31 What is Storytelling?

What your pledge accomplishes:

  • better equipment.
  • hire production help.
  • more time to produce high-quality content.
  • takes Homemade Stories to the NEXT LEVEL!

Here's what others are saying:

"Shannon's unmistakable voice and storytelling style makes his tales memorable and always entertaining." - iTunes reviewer Keine Liebe

"Look close, and you'll sense some blues, some hard lessons, and real heartbreak behind that winning smile.  Shannon Cason is a storyteller's storyteller." - Glynn Washington (host and executive producer of NPR’s Snap Judgment)

"Shannon Cason is a commanding and hilarious force...His perspective, wisdom and spot-on humor make his stories unforgettable..." - Jenifer Hixson (senior producer for The Moth)

"As a student hoping to become a writer I was very inspired and motivated by these great stories." - iTunes reviewer Lord Steemo

And there are cool rewards if you pledge!

Homemade Stories Vol #1 ebook:

Delivered by PDF for electronic readers.
Delivered by PDF for electronic readers.

 Homemade Stories Zines:

Zines (signed and shipped)
Zines (signed and shipped)

ALL PLEDGES $30 OR MORE ALSO RECEIVE (MAG & MUSIC):

A piece of my story and Detroit! A Hair Designer Mag!
A piece of my story and Detroit! A Hair Designer Mag!

Detroit Hip Hop's Finest:

Beej-N-Dem Part 3: Dilla X Brooks Mixtape
Beej-N-Dem Part 3: Dilla X Brooks Mixtape

Homemade Stories T-shirts:

Nice quality tee and we will get your size when project is successfully funded!
Nice quality tee and we will get your size when project is successfully funded!

Stories, Hosting, and Workshops:

The Moth GrandSLAM
The Moth GrandSLAM
Hosting at Ford Motor Company
Hosting at Ford Motor Company
Snap Judgment Live 2013 Performance of the Year
Snap Judgment Live 2013 Performance of the Year

 Snap Judgment Live in Ann Arbor, MI:

Ultimately, we'd love to exceed the goal to create high-quality, radio broadcast-level storytelling with the same grit, sincerity, and down-to-earth sensibility as always...

And if you weren't able to support right now, for whatever reason...Let's get real...I've been there too. Email me at shannoncason@gmail.com. Let's talk. I have something I want to give you:)

And and...every pledge gets a mention on my website with a pic of me in the updated studio with my wife's cat acting like we like each other!

Video produced by Tim Barnes. Much of the photography is Jonathan Gibby. Cover designs by Josh Levan. Music by David Axelrod, Phil Ranelin, and Slum Village. 

Shannon's Twitter, Facebook, and webpage.

Risks and challenges

Homemade Stories is not only upgrading its equipment, but receiving assistance with set-up and production. The podcasts will continue during the upgrades and the upgrades should be apparent a few months after funding.

If not successfully funded...the show will go on. Same equipment. Same challenges. Probably less episodes. Same passion and love though.

But I believe more voices need to be heard well. I believe Homemade Stories needs to be heard well. I believe the stories I can share will help people, change people (myself included), and at a minimum make some folks smile and laugh.

Given the chance, Homemade Stories will be good to many ears for many years to come..

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    A sincere Thank You from my heart, an ebook, a mention on my website, and a handshake/hug when I see you:)

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    A bigger Thank YOU, a copy of the first Homemade Stories ebook, a mention on my website, and a full body 30-sec hug when I see you:)

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    An eternal THANKS, the ebook, AND you receive two zines: "Easier Said" & the vintage first "Homemade Stories". Keep them in plastic - these are collectors items folks! (Signed and shipped) And an awkwardly long hug!

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    Your pledge is awesome! Wear the black Homemade Stories logo t-shirt proud reading your Homemade Stories ebook.

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    Sweet! Homemade Stories logo t-shirt, you also get two zines, and the ebook. Keep them all in plastic...collectors items;)

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    You are part of the podcast! Our Skype conversation will be recorded and included at the end of an episode. Mention your podcast, product, or organization! Also, the Homemade Stories logo t-shirt, both zines, and ebook.

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    Let's make an episode together! We discuss story ideas over Skype, I'll draft the story (fiction or non-fiction), and it's all recorded over Skype for a worthwhile episode. Of course, you get the t-shirt, zines, and ebook too.

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    Hosting or performance for your event, show, festival, birthday party, or whatever... We record the show for a podcast episode and also record an interview with you (transportation and lodging additional - let's discuss shannoncason@gmail.com). Of course, I'll bring some t-shirts, zines, and send the ebook.

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    1-day storytelling workshop for you or your organization. This includes hosting and performance for a specific event (transportation and lodging additional - let's discuss shannoncason@gmail.com). Of course, I'll bring some t-shirts, zines, and send the ebook.

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    You've funded the kickstarter! You're my sponsor for 2014! I will host and perform for your specific events (travel/lodging additional - let's discuss shannoncason@gmail.com). You or your company/organization will get a mention on each podcast episode, at performances, and throughout the year. You've backed me up, and believed in me at this point, and I'm extremely grateful! Of course, I'll get you some t-shirts, zines, the ebook, and invite you to be a part of whatever project I'm working on. Thank you!

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