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.



Fri August 23, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: August 23, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

Armored trucks pressured to stop business with dispensaries…  Potency tests wildly inaccurate… NIDA: Marijuana no less toxic than alcohol… “This American Life” goes to Mendo… and more.


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Thu August 22, 2013
Local Music

Today's Local Music: Ton Trio II

Aram Shelton, of Ton Trio II

The sounds you’re hearing are by Aram Shelton’s newest group, Ton Trio II. Shelton, a jazz saxophonist and composer living in Oakland, provides plenty of space for improvisation within his written frameworks, as you’re hearing now.  Ton Trio II will be performing next Monday, August 26th at Duende on 19th near Telegraph, in Oakland, starting about 9:00pm. 


Thu August 22, 2013
Arts & Culture

Jose Sarria, “The Widow Norton,” joins the Imperial Court in the Sky

Her Royal Majesty, Empress of San Francisco, Jose I, The Widow Norton
Courtesy of The Imperial Court System,

Drag culture might not exist today – certainly not in its present form - if not for Jose Sarria, who died Monday at age 90.

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Wed August 21, 2013
Local Music

Today's Local Music: Le Gente

The beat that’s moving you now is by Le Gente. They have created a dance band sound using elements of reggae, salsa, hip-hop, reggaeton – the list goes on!

Le Gente is one of four lively bands on the program this Friday, August 23rd at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The entertainment begins about 9:00pm.

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Tue August 20, 2013
Local Music

Today's Local Music: San Francisco Lyric Chorus

The voices you’re hearing are from the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Robert Gurney. The Chorus will be performing "Ein Deutsches Requiem" by Johannes Brahms for their summer concert. The composer said this requiem is intended “to comfort the living, and to remember those who are gone.”  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be at St.

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