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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Courtesy of Iriefuse

Today’s local music is by IrieFuse. This Marin County collective started under the name Counter Culture in 2011 and has become a regular feature at northern California universities, house parties and even weddings!

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NORML supports AUMA… Holder calls for reclassification… Black arrests still out of proportion to population… A look at the future of cannabis clubs… “Taxing cannabis is horrible”… Sing along with Willie & Merle… and more.

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The voices you’re hearing now belong to members of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Their stated goal is “To inspire joy and unity among all people through Black gospel and spiritual music traditions.”

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Who pays for seed to sale tracking?... Parker doubles AUMA financial support… Medical marijuana has “genuine uses”… Americans have always been hell raisers… and more. 

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Photographer: Matt Emrich

Two members of Congress, a former Surgeon General and a member of the California State Assembly walk into a cannabis business conference. And as unlikely as that sounds, it’s no joke.

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Today's local music is by Deborah Crooks. Many adjectives could be employed to describe her sound, but we'll go with this review: "It is quite simply smart and engaging music."

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How marijuana laws impact usage…  Amoeba Records in finals for Berkeley license… Colorado’s billion dollar bud sales… Menstrual relief through cannabis… Roseanne Barr joins celebrity branding… and more.

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Courtesy of Ira Marlowe

The husky voice you’re hearing now belongs to singer/songwriter Ira Marlowe. The San Francisco Chronicle has called him “Oakland’s sweet little secret.”

Ira Marlowe will perform solo at The Monkey House in Berkeley on Saturday (02.13) It’s a small place, so arrange for tickets ahead of time.

 

The music you’re hearing right now is by David Bowie. But it’s being performed by Cat People, a Bowie tribute band from San Francisco. 

Cat People will be dipping into five decades of Bowie’s creativity on Thursday (02.12), at the Stork Club in Oakland. Music starts around 9pm.   

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Brown removes March 1 medical deadline… Conflicting medical views on legalization, and commercial grows… cannabis Christians… Tommy Chong... and more.

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This music? It’s by Cascades de Flores. Their sound has been described as “a delicious discovery of retro acoustic music with Mexican and Caribbean roots.”
 
Cascades de Flores appears Sunday (02.07) at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio. It's a family show, starting at noon.

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  Today’s local music brings to mind honest-to-goodness old style rock ‘n’ roll – the type played by ZZ Top and Mountain in the '70s. But this is the current sound of a San Francisco group called Older Sun

Older Sun tops the bill on Thursday, February 4th, at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. Music starts about 8:30 pm.  

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Bill fixing AB 21 goes to Governor… Legal states look to outside investors… Why is wine celebrated and cannabis demonized? … Cops & Courts… Dennis Peron… Driving while paranoid… even a Super Bowl mention!

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Courtesy of Justin Ancheta

The music you’re hearing now is by East Bay musician Justin Ancheta who has played for audiences from Spain to Hawaii.

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California city bans could be corrected soon… Who smokes what, where? … Teens, cannabis and I.Q…. “Pot purses” arrive… Events, Opinion and more.

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Today’s local music is by the Berkeley Choro Ensemble. Choro is a type of Brazilian music dating from the 1800s.  

The Berkeley Choro Ensemble will be performing on Sunday January 24 at the Old St. Hilary's Church in Tiburon. Music starts at 4 in the afternoon.  $20 tickets will be available at the door.

Learn more about the Berkeley Choro Ensemble here

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NAACP supports AUMA… More cities pass marijuana bans… Oakland dispensary to go public… Migraines and epilepsy… and more.

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NAACP gives support to AUMA // Sacramento Bee “Legalizing marijuana is an important civil rights issue because pot-related arrests are ‘racially biased’ and disproportionately affect blacks and Latinos,” says the president of the California chapter.

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Plans for a California cannabis credit union...  Parker throws cash at legalization… “Nuns” threatened for growing… Cities statewide enact restrictions on cannabis… Health, Opinion, and more.

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In our current era of electronic transfers, bank cards and direct deposit, it is easy to forget that people used to go home at the end of the week with a pay envelope filled with... money! In fact, the name of one Bay Area neighborhood is based upon that old practice. That neighborhood is Oakland's Jingletown.

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Surgeon General to review drug rules… RICO charges dropped in Berkeley… Mexican farmers converting to other crops… Kosher cannabis… Year-end review… and more.

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Towns and counties vote for local control… Oklahoma still suing neighbors… Columbia legalizes medical marijuana… Concentrates are medicinal…  What “Trumbo” doesn’t tell you… and more.

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San Francisco’s cannabis task force… More support for AUMA… Banking survey… Preachers concerned… Health, Business, Opinion, and more….

[Technical difficulties beyond my control: The links on all of these stories seem to work, despite appearances.]

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Many people still think of San Francisco’s most famous intersection -- Haight-Ashbury -- as the epicenter of the hippie movement of the mid-1960s. Plenty of the businesses along Haight Street ensure that era is not forgotten.

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California coalitions begin to form around “Adult Use” measure… Look inside a Cannabis Cup… South American news…  Banking survey… What Rick Steves says… and more.

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"Beats Antique Press Photo 2013", Beats Antique

The music you’re hearing now is by Beats Antique

 They describe their sound as,  “Gypsy electro-acoustic circus hip-hop in a Bedouin tent during the after-party of the Apocalypse.”   

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“Cannabis chief” requirements… Recreational cannabis lacks broad support in California… Post Office won’t deliver newspapers with marijuana ads… Business… Health… and more.

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Photo courtesy of Larry Vuckovich

Everybody likes  a birthday party and when it’s Larry Vuckovich’s 79th birthday party, that’s all the better.

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San Francisco is steeped in history. It’s easy to find its Italian history, its Spanish and Chinese history, and even to some extent its Native American history. But the city’s French heritage is less celebrated.

Oaksterdam founder endorses AUMA… Legalization might not end black market… Jimi Hendrix brand launched… Health... Opinions… and more.

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Deepgreenfest.com

Parents and elders were repeatedly mentioned as crucial stakeholders in California’s 2016 attempts at marijuana reform during last weekend’s New-West Summit in San Francisco. It was the first of what is expected to be an annual event.

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