Steven Short

Reporter/Producer

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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“Marijuana sanctuary” bill before Assembly ... Homeland Security chief changes his mind ... the fate of 4/20 event ... Scratch & sniff book for tokers ... and more

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You might not take a book titled “The Scratch & Sniff Book of Weed” seriously. And you might not take the book’s thick pages, like those in books for babies, seriously either. But then you open the cover and find those pages packed with information.

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Songwriter Michael McNevin, who you’re hearing now, grew up in the train town of Niles, California. His songs have been described as “short stories, full of heart and humor.”

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President Donald Trump is unlike any president in modern times. We often hear that his behavior and his statements are unprecedented. While that may be true on the national stage, there was a prominent figure in San Francisco in the 1870s who Trump could have used as a role model.

Regulation changes proposed in Congress ... Small growers in Mendo feeling squeezed ... Big pot bust on I-580 ... How to enjoy 4/20 event ... and more.

This music is from the newest album by Danny Paul Grody. SF Weekly named it one of the “Five Best Bay Area Albums of 2016.”

Governor Brown’s plan to join state rules ... Mendocino County okays cultivation ... Yoga & ganga ... John Oliver explains it all for you ... and more.

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Marijuana is recreationally legal in California, and has been since Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, passed in the November election. So if it’s legal, when can the general public buy it?

This music you’re hearing today is by a Bay Area duo called Gutter Swan. Loryn Barbeau, a former opera singer, and Steve Egelman, guitarist, take inspiration for their sound from traditional folk, and Americana twang.

“Alternative facts” used in dispensary dispute ... Mendocino can’t fill regulatory jobs ... Events, Opinion ... and more.

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Hey!  It’s time to get up and dance!  That’s what happens when people hear the Fil Lorenz Combo. Saxophonist Lorenz has been inspiring people to get up and move since 1998.

The music you’re hearing now is by Whiskerman. Graham Patzner, the group's singer, was exposed to music-making from the start: both of his parents are musicians.

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Major changes in Oakland pot regulations ... Cannabis at the gym ... What’s in your vape pen? ... Woody Harrelson, Grateful Dead ... and more. 

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Today’s local music is performed by Patrick Galvin. A San Francisco native, he performs classical violin recitals, both solo, and in chamber settings. And he’s in a folk band- but not this week.

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What’s this you’re hearing? It’s an Oakland band called Porch. They play alternative rock, with seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics. 

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Kelly Quirke, community engagement coordinator for Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, finds it ironic that so many people he deals with in their 60s and 70s are adamant about not getting high on cannabis.

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Today’s local music is by a member of the Jupiter Chamber Players – the ensemble doesn’t have any recordings of its own. Formed in 1997, the group has included several professionals, including members of both the Oakland and San Francisco symphonies.

This voice? It belongs to San Francisco native Sara LeMesh. She started writing poetry and songs in her mid-teens. The classically trained Sara LeMesh is part of this year’s Bard Music West festival at the Noe Valley Ministry on Sanchez Street. The festival takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18.  

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OK, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe you’re thinking of some Irish rock — something by the band U2, perhaps. Well, that’s not gonna happen. So how about Zoo Station, a U2 tribute band?

Oakland passes War on Drugs equity program ... Oakland’s past mayor wants to open a dispensary ... Breast milk and cannabis studied ... and more. 

“An underground songwriting master.”  That’s what the San Francisco Chronicle says about Ruth Gerson, who you’re hearing now. 

Today’s soothing island sounds come from slack-key guitarist Patrick Landeza. He likes to say he was born on the island of Berkeley.

New attorney general dubious about legalization ... Tribal law doesn’t extend to cannabis cup ... Can California’s electric grid handle increased indoor grows? ... and more.

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Have you noticed the renewed interest in interstellar exploration? Elon Musk’s Space X company has a solid offer from some people wanting an extreme Tilt-A-Whirl ride from Earth around the Moon and back (they hope). And he’s talking of colonizing Mars, perhaps inspired by the ingenuity of Matt Damon’s character in “The Martian” film a couple of years ago.

What’s this you’re hearing? It’s an Oakland band called Porch. They play alternative rock, with seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics.

Will California be ready for “adult use” in January? ... Will Trump administration ignore pot? ... Cannabis treatment saves boy from institution ... Where to hide a nuclear bomb ... and more.

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Today’s local music features pianist Monica Chew, half of the Minsky Duo. She and the other half of the duo, a violinist known as Nato Green focus on Russian chamber music.

Local Music: Xiomara

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Today’s local music is by Xiomara. This Berkeley native samples a lot of styles in her latest album — among them, hip-hop, soul, and gospel. 

Are you longing for the laid-back Mendo surfer vibe, but don’t have time to travel north? Then maybe you should hear Mendonesia. This San Francisco band describes their sound as “somewhere between psych and folk.” 

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Who’s this you’re hearing?  It’s the Bay Area band known as Van Goat. Not Van Gogh – Van Goat. Van Goat brings their lively swing/surf/punk show to the Elbo Room in San Francisco on Friday (2/24). Doors open at 9 p.m.

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