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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Colombia to legalize medical cannabis… City offered cut in grow site… First tribal reservation store opens… More bad news for concentrates… Health… Events… and Willie Nelson.


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What do you call it when a flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello all play together? The answer today is The Divisa Ensemble. The San Jose Mercury News applauds the “precision and deep musicality” of this Bay Area group. 

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Job opening: state marijuana chief… Counties move to keep local control… Veterans one step closer to medical marijuana… E. coli found in pot tests… and more.


Help wanted: State seeks medical marijuana chief // Sacramento Bee  Is there a drug test involved?

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Today’s local music is by pianist Sarah Cahill. She’s known to KALW listeners as host of “Revolutions Per Minute,” on Sunday evenings.


Sean “The Disruptor” Parker joins the cause… Growers required to register… “Armed commandos” threaten Mendo growers… Feds investigate working conditions for bud-trimmers… and more.


“Adult Use of Marijuana Act” gets big boost // SF Weekly   This 2016 ballot initiative pulls ahead in a crowded field.

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Today’s local music is by Ian Faquini  and Rebecca Kleinmann of Oakland. That’s him on guitar and her on flute.

You can ask Finish Ticket how well those things go together when they’re at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday. Doors open at 7pm; music starts at 8pm. 

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Cannabis spray gets mixed results… 2016 ballot to see multiple pot proposals… Ask your vet if CBD is right for your dog… Teen use of pot “significantly lower”… and more.


Oregon’s new recreational regs OK: dispensaries // MJ Biz Daily  Some sections are “less than desirable,” but those might be corrected when the final rules are released.

You may not know this song, but you know the percussionist — he’s John Santos, who provides the Crosscurrents theme music.

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Justice Dept. must follow Congressional rule on dispensaries… Taxi testing in San Francisco… Oakland ready to cash in on cannabis… Our neighbors consider legalization… and more.


This music? It’s being played by the Amaranth String Quartet. The members are all graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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California's new medical marijuana law… Marijuana and the Presidential candidates… New thoughts on "marijuana banks"… Runner's high vs. marijuana high… and more. 


The voice you’re hearing now belongs to Megan Slankard from San Francisco.

Megan Slankard is the featured performer on Friday (10.16) at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. She’s taking part in an event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Doors open at 7pm. 

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Whose this you’re hearing? It’s a group known as Bear Lincoln. They’re from Oaktown, baby, and they say they met while waiting in line for the rest room at an AM/PM market. For real!

Go ahead, ask Matt Jaffe anything. Just know that your question will likely lead the young singer/songwriter from Mill Valley on a musical detour before he gives you the answer you’re after.

For example, ask how he and his band, The Distractions, were chosen to support Blues Traveler, the Eighties jam band, on their national tour and he’s reminded of one of his influences.

“Well, there’s a great X song. It’s called “It’s Who You Know.”

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ReformCA files their initiative… Splits in legalization coalition… Growers grapple with “drifting odors”… 12-year-olds predict the future… and more.


Legalization should be state’s decision, says A.G. // The Joint Blog  Loretta Lynch also outlined steps “to avoid federal interference.”

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Today's local music is by Alphabet Rockers. They've been called "the premiere Bay Area hip hop collective for families." 



Alphabet Rockers are taking part in an event called “Saturday in the Park McLaren" – when else? – on Saturday (10.10)! 



They perform at 1pm at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, but activities for the day begin at 10am.


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Dispensary operator sues Berkeley… “Serious misconduct” at DEA… News from native tribes… How to stop football brawls... Can you be fired with a prescription?  And more.


Today’s music is by a solo Irish fiddler – with some enhancements. That’s why Michael Mullen calls himself the Trio of One. Perhaps you heard him recently on KALW’s “Folk Music & Beyond.” Michael Mullen will use his “live looping” technique when he plays The Ivy Room in Albany on Saturday, October 3. Music starts at 8pm.

A manifesto, by definition, is not usually easy reading, which is why Steve DeAngelo has combined his eight-point program with scientific and historical details, interspersed with stories about his life.

Today’s local music is by Pat Wilder. She started learning guitar as a teenager after her mother “encouraged” her to take up any instrument other than the one she was learning – drums!

Pat Wilder has a show on Friday (10.02) at noon. She’ll be performing at 201 Spear Street in San Francisco. It’s part of this year’s free People in Plazas series.


The music you’re hearing now is by San Francisco jazz bassist Fred Randolph. He plays clubs and festivals, and is also a music teacher.

You can hear The Fred Randolph Quintet on Sunday (09.27.15) at Angelica’s in Redwood City. Music starts at 7pm.

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What Governor Brown wants…  Students smoke more pot than tobacco now…  Pesticides finally being studied… Sperm counts drop “significantly”… Cannabis for your kitty?  And more.


These voices belong to members of La Peña Community Chorus. They have prepared an evening of Peruvian music, Friday at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Show starts at 8:30pm.

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Legalization campaigns need cash… Tribe breaks ties with town police over marijuana… Delivery services aid in education… Are firefighters getting high on the job? … and more.


We are fairly sure you’ve heard this song, but we are also fairly sure you’ve never heard it sung this way. And maybe you’ve heard this voice: Tim Hockenberry. Hockenberry made it to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent” a few years ago.

 Tim Hockenberry will be closing this year’s series of free concerts in the Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square on Sunday (08.30). He is there from 5 to 6:30pm.

The music you’re hearing now is by The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy.  Igoe describes the group as “a rock band in a jazz band’s body.”

You’ll find all 15 members of The Groove Conspiracy at Yoshi's in Oakland on Friday, August 27. Doors open at 7:30 pm.


Sony Holland got her start singing for tips at Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square – and notes that that’s where Robin Williams and Carlos Santana started, too!

Sony Holland sings in a fancier place these days: She’s at The Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 6:30 pm.

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Cannabis bill shelved due to cost… Harborside: good news and bad news… Pesticides in concentrates… and more.


California’s statewide medical cannabis bill put on hold // EastBayExpress   The widely supported bill was tabled because of it’s $20 million estimated implementation cost.