Steven Short


Steven has been with KALW News since it’s beginnings in 2004. His history, art and public interest stories have won awards for Breaking News, Feature Writing and Explanatory Journalism. Some of his reports have aired nationally on NPR.

He is responsible for The Source, a recurring feature on the origins of Bay Area place names. He also researches most of the listings for the Crosscurrents local music calendar and compiles the weekly online Cannabis News Round-up.

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Madeline Kenney of Oakland has two goals for her music: to produce feelings of vulnerability, and joy. 

Madeline Kenney appears at The Knockout in San Francisco tomorrow (10/26). She’s part of an evening of Indy Pop, which starts at 9pm.

Today's Local Music: Lauren Hulbert

Oct 24, 2016
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The languid voice you’re hearing now belongs to Lauren Hulbert. She taught herself to play guitar, but having ten years of classical piano lessons probably helped with that exercise.

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Fear of “drugged driving” if Prop. 64 passes ... San Jose changes the rules ... Cannabis helps Parkinson’s patients ... Ancient cannabis shroud discovered in grave ... Voter guide ...  and more.


Growers in Calaveras County fear robberies after addresses published //


This music is being played by the Ives Collective. They specialize in “performances that venture beyond the familiar,” often featuring works that are rarely heard. The Ives Collective has a performance Sunday (10/23) at the Old First Church on Sacramento Street in San Francisco. Music begins at 4 p.m.   

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Today’s local music is by Bobbie “Spider” Webb. He’s not native to San Francisco, but pretty close: his family moved here when he was five. He has his own band, but is happy to sit in with other Bay Area musicians too.

The Hipwaders

Oct 13, 2016

The music we’re featuring today is by The Hipwaders.  You may not have heard of them, but children you know probably have. The School Library Journal, for example, says, “This Bay Area band’s latest album should be in every library’s music collection.”

Tycho is one of several performers appearing at this weekend’s (10/15+16) Treasure Island Music Festival. If you’ve thought about going but never have, this may be the year to do it, because it’ll be the last year the festival is in its namesake location.

Souls of Society

These are the sounds of The T Sisters, from Oakland. They’ve only been singing full time since 2014, but their credits already include an appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and singing the national anthem at a Giants game.

Have you ever seen a ghost?  A Pew Research study asked that question last year around this time, and 18 percent of the American respondents answered yes.

I haven’t seen one, but I think one sat on top of me in bed once.


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Cottage growers protected by state law ... Oakland equity plan may violate laws ... Beware of Prop. 64: Colorado health manager ... Pop quiz and more.

Talina Camacho

Today’s local music is by the Adrian West Trio. They take on serious topics in a lighthearted way in their original tunes, which feature acoustic rock and world music influences.

Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Room, San Francisco Public Library.

It’s easy to navigate the streets in San Francisco’s Bayview District once you realize that they’re alphabetical. Avenues, for example, go McKinnon, Newcomb, Oakdale, Palou, etc. Streets go Mendell, Newhall, Phelps. 

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California nurses endorse Prop. 64 ... Oakland’s permit process stalls ... Will pot license save Amoeba Records? ... Pot and pregnancy ... and more.

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Today’s local music is by Lavay Smith, who counts Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith among her influences. 

Friction Quartet

Sep 28, 2016
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The music you’re hearing now is by the Friction Quartet. They’re noted for performing both classical compositions and arrangements of current pop music.

Photo by Jerome Brunet


The Bay Area does love its big music festivals, and this weekend is one of the biggest: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. 

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Attorney General: Marijuana not a gateway drug in opioid crisis ... Autumn is time for harvest, and violence ... Oakland wants to partner with new cannabis businesses ... What kids should know ... and more.

Design by Cal Tabuena-Frolli. Illustration by Olivia Henry.

When Heather Hernandez saw that KALW was seeking questions from listeners via Hey Area, she wrote in and asked, "Who has worked at KALW the longest?" We invited Heather to the station to interview some of our longest-standing employees. Steven Short — the original KALW newsroom volunteer — helped. 

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Prop. 64 slips in poll ... Cannabis could come to Marin hospital ... Less marijuana for youth ... Newsom’s lone stand ... and more. 


“Trends toward the negative” in Colorado after legalization // NBC Bay Area

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Today’s local band is Vandella from San Francisco. If you think they sound a bit like Fleetdwood Mac, that’s OK — so do they. 

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“Potalyzer” research at Stanford ... Prices collapse in Colorado ... Sex trafficking in Emerald Triangle ... Prop. 64 explained ... Opinion, history, and more. 

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The music you’re hearing today is by pianist Manny Moka. Perhaps you’ve heard him on the “Jazz After Hours” program from PRI. 

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This music is by Diana Gameros of San Francisco. She describes herself as "a young indie artist at the borderlands between cultures, languages, and genres."

This music is by Aireene Espiritu, a singer/songwriter living in Oakland. She mostly plays original songs incorporating Latin and African rhythms, folk, and inspirations from gospel music – your basic mix of Americana. 

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No guns for marijuana users ... Weedmaps’ tainted reviews ... Cannabis: an alternative to opiates? ... Cannabis goes to the fair ... Opinion ... and more.


Review of recent California cannabis legislation // East Bay Express

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Today’s local music is by the Golden Gate Park Band of San Francisco. This group’s origins trace back to 1882, when it was created to support the California National Guard. 

Courtesy of Danny Click

Blues/rock guitarist Danny Click is known for his electrifying live shows. But have you ever heard him play acoustic guitar? 

Destiny Muhammad Project

Hear that?  If you think classical harp is just for weddings and classical symphonies, well, Destiny Muhammad is here to teach you otherwise.

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Recreational cannabis could lose in California ... Humboldt officials play “green card” against illegal growers ... “Marley Natural” finds a home in Santa Rosa ... Free cannabis for Santa Cruz vets ... and more 


This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Saturday, 8/27 at the Biscuits & Blues club, off Union Square in San Francisco.