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.



Wed November 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Tin Cup Serenade

No, your radio hasn’t gone into a time warp. That’s a current-day band known as Tin Cup Serenade. These Crosscurrents favorites are more of a concept than an actual band – meaning the lineup changes from time to time, drawing from talents on both sides of the Bay. 

Tin Cup Serenade will be playing their original tunes on Saturday, November 23rd at the Surf Spot in Pacifica. Expect the music to begin about 8:30pm. 

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Tue November 19, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Sarah Cahill

The piano you’re hearing now is being played by Sarah Cahill, host of the “Revolutions per Minute” program, which is heard Sunday evenings here on KALW. 

Cahill will be joined Friday, November 22nd by Regina Schaffer in a performance that is part of the "New Keys" series. It highlights new works for “pianos and their cousins” – instruments such as vibraphones and toy pianos. It all takes place at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. The concert begins at 8:00pm.   

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Mon November 18, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Panacea

This is music for hammered dulcimer, an instrument that Robin Petrie has been playing publicly since 1980. Petrie is one of the five members of Panacea, a group specializing in Baltic, Celtic and Medieval music. Panacea doesn’t have any recordings, but the music you're hearing now gives you an idea of their sound. 

If this intrigues you, you can hear Petrie and other members of Panacea on Saturday, November 23rd, at Wisteria Ways in Oakland. It’s an 8:00pm show. 

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Fri November 15, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: November 15, 2013

Cannabis leaf
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Alameda Supes vote for legalization… If cannabis is medicine, shouldn’t pharmacies sell it?... Health news… Have you heard about Sam Hurd?... and more


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Thu November 14, 2013
Arts & Culture

Marincello - the city that never was

Gateway to Marincello, a proposed city planned for the Marin Headlands.

Look at the San Francisco skyline and you’ll see the City by the Bay changing before your eyes. All the current construction is causing concern in some parts of town, but really, it’s nothing new. “San Francisco has always been re-making itself,” says Anthea Hartig, Executive Director of the California Historical Society (CHS). “It was never quite good enough.”

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