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.



Thu January 16, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Sweet Felony

The band you’re hearing now is called Sweet Felony. No, they're not criminals – the name comes from a friend’s pit-bull. 

This San Francisco duo is one of over half a dozen groups participating in the twelfth annual “Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music" taking place on Saturday, January 18th at The Great American Music Hall. The show starts at 9:00pm.

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Wed January 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Zydeco Flames

The toe-tapping style of music you’re hearing now is most often played in New Orleans. But this band, The Zydeco Flames, was formed right here in San Francisco, way back in 1990. 

The Zydeco Flames are on the schedule this Saturday, January 18th at the venerable Ashkenaz Music & Dance Center on San Pablo in Berkeley. Doors open at 8:00pm, with a dance lesson at 8:30. The show begins at 9:00pm. 

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Mon January 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Stand!

R. Black

The song you’re hearing now is from the album, “Stand!” by Oakland legends Sly and the Family Stone.   No, the band is not back together, but over 75 performers are going to play the songs from that album, live, as part of the locally produced Under Cover series.

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Fri January 10, 2014
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: January 10, 2014

Indica leaf

KPFA reporter sentenced to community service… Federal Court hears cannabis case Tuesday… Fourth California reform initiative filed… Credit card companies look the other way… Participate in national survey… and more.


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Thu January 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Maya Castleman

This San Francisco song is being sung by San Francisco native Maya Castleman. Trained in musical theater and jazz, she has more recently been influenced by collaborations with hip hop producers and rappers. 

Maya Castleman has an album release concert scheduled for Saturday, January 11th at the 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco. Music starts about 7:00pm.

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