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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It’s throw back Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967...

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Peppino D’Agostino is a master guitarist. He’s comfortable with so many musical styles that he calls his sound “minestrone music.” 

Peppino D’Agostino will be serving up his tasty guitar licks on Friday (6/16) at the Historical Museum in Benicia. And if you miss him there, you’ll have to go to Italy — he’s playing a festival there at the end of the month. 

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DOJ reviewing federal marijuana policy ... Secret Service rethinks past cannabis use ... Customs picks up pounds of pot from peppers ... Events, health and more.

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  The song you’re hearing now is by Ed Sheernan, being sung by Yes M’am! This a-cappella trio (Mary Hill, Amelia Hogan, Margaret Miles) sings traditional folk songs, along with music that might never be considered “folk” … until you hear their version. Yes M’am! takes part in the 41st annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, which is happening this year at Everett Middle School on Saturday, June 10 from Noon until 10pm. 

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Making vacation plans is a chore. The traffic in Yosemite is terrible, and a landslide makes it impossible to get to sections of Big Sur without a helicopter. So where can you go to enjoy some peace and quiet? How about another part of our solar system?

The music we’re featuring today is by singer/songwriter Mike Rufo. His music has been featured on KALW’s Saturday music programs, “A Patchwork Quilt” and “Bluegrass Signal.”

One of Mike Rufo’s music projects, called No Exit, will be part of the entertainment during the Haight Ashbury Street Fair this Sunday, June 11. 

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The music we’re featuring today is by Bay Area musician Martin Luther.

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Pot ban in cars considered ... Monterey commercial greenhouses to grow new crop ... The return of Lynnette Shaw ... Marley son invests in High Times ... Events, health, and more. 

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Today’s local music comes from Sol Horizon, a world-music/reggae band from the North Bay. They describe themselves as “moving feet and inspiring minds.”

 Sol Horizon comes to San Francisco on Friday (6/2) when they play at The Elbo Room.  

The music we’re featuring today is by a six-piece combo called The Seshen. Their sound encompasses drum machines, synthesizers, live percussion and vocal harmonies.

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Your legal rights regarding cannabis at work ... Okay to grow; not okay to grow ... San Francisco considers a cannabis commission ... Events, a comic, and more. 

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Today’s local music is by Beso Negro. They play a modern style of European gypsy jazz, but they’re actually from Fairfax. And that’s where Beso Negro will be playing on Friday, June 26, at Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar.

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Today’s local music is by Quiles & Cloud of San Francisco. Quiles & Cloud, who are on a national tour, will be at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Friday, May 25. Their next stop after that is in Franklin, Tenn. 

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This music is the "Quartet" from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, “Rigoletto,” as performed by pianist Steven Bailey. Steven Bailey has a free performance scheduled on Sunday at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. He'll play music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Debussy.

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Egyptian pharaohs must never have heard the saying “you can’t take it with you.” They had massive tombs built, preserved their bodies, and included every possible thing they might need in the next world.

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Have you heard of vetiver? In horticulture, oil from the vetiver plant can be extracted for aromatherapy. In music the San Francisco band named Vetiver can be heard singing.

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Trump reserves possibility of prosecution for medical marijuana ...  Two South American pharmacies add cannabis meds ... hearse hides pounds of pot ... and more. 

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California releases proposed cannabis rules ... Nevada plans legal sales in July ... Federal crackdown not likely (at the moment) ... Schools block cannabis use ... Where DEA thinks teens hide pot ... and more.

Pro-pot legislation progresses in California Assembly ... Nevada not afraid of the Feds ... Postal Service won’t deliver tax money ... “Your brain on drugs, 2.0” ... and more. 

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Today’s local music is by Dirty Denim, an all-girl band using elements of sixties garage rock and garage punk.  Should they call themselves girls? You can take it up with them when Dirty Denim appears Sunday at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco.

Today’s local music is by Oakland musician Alex Jimenez,  a veteran of the Bay Area open mike scene. You can hear Alex Jimenez Saturday, April 29 when he plays the Bazaar Café in San Francisco.

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This is a time of ritual, through Solstice, Passover, Easter and other traditions.

Local Music: Cocktails

Apr 25, 2017

This nice music? It’s by a band called Cocktails. Their motto is, “Nice pop music for nice pop people.”

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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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