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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. COPS & COURTS “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. LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION Review of recent California cannabis legislation // East Bay Express “California lawmakers' first legislative session since passing last year's historic medical-pot regulations wraps up this week. And, for the most part, they did good work when it comes to marijuana.” COPS & COURTS No guns for “irrational”...

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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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It’s not surprising to find female singers today who “do it all.” They write and sing their own music, play an instrument, and maybe even dance. And in a growing number of cases they also run businesses. But this wasn’t the norm back in 1957, when singer Barbara Dane released her first album.

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In the beginning, there was Barbara Dane . That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Barbara Dane’s pioneering folk-and-blues roots go back to the 1950s. But she’s not looking backwards: she has a new album out!

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DOJ can’t prosecute state-legal medical cannabis ... Prop. 64 ballot statements reined in ... Santa Rosa wants to be a player ... The thriving edibles gray market in Dolores Park ... How pot made “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” ... and more.

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This is Bay Area singer/songwriter Paul Griffiths . Jim Bruno (musician and college instructor) describes Griffiths' lyrics as 'insightful and eloquent.'

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Who’s singing this song? That would be Astronauts, Etc. , from Oakland. Astronauts, Etc. has a free show at Stern Grove in San Francisco. The band will debut a new composition, sponsored by the Stern Grove Festival’s Local Artist Commission Series. The performance begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday (8/21).

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DEA delays consideration of pot reclassification ... White House wants to widen research ... Employers can fire medical users ... Should expectant mothers stop using cannabis? ... Opinion, health, and more.

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Who’s this? It’s the Atomic Love Bombs, from San Francisco. The Atomic Love Bombs take part in this weekend’s International Pop Overthrown Festival at Hotel Utah in San Francisco. They're performing Saturday. Show starts at 7:30pm.

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If this music sounds familiar, than you probably know the Britney Spears version. But this isn’t Britney. This is The Klipptones from San Francisco.

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