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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Today’s local music is by Logan Magness. Now living in San Francisco, Logan thinks his sound was definitely shaped by having grown up in Memphis. 

The Daniel Castro Blues Band brings their musical talents to the Club Fox in Redwood City on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Music starts at 7 p.m.

“Buzzed driving” bill introduced ... Medical dispensaries prepare for recreational customers ... California working on banking fix ... Thousands of joints to be distributed at presidential inauguration ... and more.

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What you’re hearing now is the singing, and ukulele playing, of Aireene Espiritu.  Espiritu is part of a fundraising concert for The Little Village Foundation. This group supports performers from non-traditional backgrounds who would never have heard their music recorded otherwise. All proceeds from CD sales and concerts go to the artists. 

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Murder for hire leads to marijuana charge ... Update on CBD classification ... Mexico importing medical cannabis from California ... Better golfing through cannabis ... and more.

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WHAT WILL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DO ABOUT LEGALIZATION? ... STATE TREASUER EXPLORES BANKING WOES ... RECALL EXPLODING E-CIGS? ... HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND MORE.

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Advocacy group wants to know where Trump Administration will stand on marijuana legalization  // Vice.com

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California recreational cannabis laws could stall sales ... New restrictions on CBD ... Santa Rosa extraction firm now legal ... Petitions, Health, and more.

San Francisco Girls Chorus

Looking for a holiday event like no other? Then you might consider this year’s concert by the San Francisco Girls Chorus, called “A Highlands Holiday.” Choristers will present seasonal works and sing-alongs, and they’ll be joined by local bagpipers! 

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Ah, for the good old days, when you could buy a piece of Bay Area property for $1,000.

If today’s local music sounds like something you’d enjoy on a long drive, that’s by design, according to songwriter Kevin Lehner from Berkeley.

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Before there was punk, there was the Bay Area’s Jonathan Richman. He's touring with his first new album in six years.  You can hear Jonathan Richman at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday, Dec. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Today's Local Music - Sarah Cahill

Dec 12, 2016
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Sarah Cahill, host of KALW’s “Revolutions Per Minute" among many other things will be playing chaconnes, a musical style popular in the Baroque Era, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco. The music starts at 6:30 p.m.

State treasurer explores “marijuana banking” ... Oregon at a standstill due to testing ... New ‘drugged driving” rules ... Meet the trimmigrants ... Cannabis and Cabernet considered ... and more.

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Our local music for today is by Musae, a women’s vocal ensemble from San Francisco. The group is a musical collective, meaning that each singer contributes to the artistic process.  

Eleanor Petry

Hey, wake up! Never Young is on the radio! They say they play “an exceedingly tight, hook-filled slab of noise.”

Dark times expected with Attorney General pick ... Some dispensaries selling recreational cannabis ahead of 2018 ... LED lighting helps sustainable growers ... Emerald Cup, and more.

Today’s local music is by Matt Jaffe & The Distractions from Mill Valley. They’re a bit unique these days because they actually play and sing live, with no computer enhancement: what you see on stage is what you get. 

The sunny sounds you’re hearing now come from four native San Franciscans who call themselves The She’s. They list their influences as their surroundings, surfer boys, and each other. 

New Attorney General nominee raises concerns ... They’re coming for your guns, pot smokers ... Global leaders call for total decriminalization ... A possible solution to the cannabis banking problem ... and more.

This music? It’s the latest from Be Calm Honcho from San Francisco. They take West Coast pop and mix it with jangly “indie rock” to create what they call “a dark magic.”

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Today's local music is by Zion I. This Oakland hip-hop crew says their new album is meant to be "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche.”

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More clarification on Prop. 64 ... Oakland re-examines permits ... No smoking on UC campuses ... Warning for Californians driving to Nevada ... Business, Health, and more.

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Today’s local music comes to us from Sun Kil Moon, a band started by singer and guitarist Mark Kozelek. Sun Kil Moon was in Europe and Japan earlier this year promoting their latest album.

Today’s local music is by Jay Som, a name that translates as “Victory Moon." Jay Som crosses the bridge from Oakland on Friday, Nov. 18 to perform at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Music begins at 9 p.m.  

All you need to know about passage of Prop. 64 ... Marijuana at work? ... Better eye sight with pot ... and more.

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The music you're hearing now is being played by banjo master Bill Evans, when he was a guest of “A Prairie Home Companion.” He's also the author of the instructional book, Banjo for Dummies.

Today’s music is by The Conspiracy of Beards. They’re a local male choir that performs a-cappella versions of songs by Leonard Cohen.

Today's Local Music: "Del Sol Quartet"

Nov 8, 2016
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The music you’re hearing today is by the Del Sol Quartet from San Francisco. The New York Times says they create “a hypnotic sound-world, well worth exploring.” 

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City of Oakland endorses Prop. 64 ... Parental concerns against Prop. 64 ... More towns enact temporary bans ... Israel prepares for Green Rush ... and more.  

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Our music today is by Roy Zimmerman, who specializes in his own “funny songs about ignorance, war and greed.” Joni Mitchell has said, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.” 

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