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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The voice you’re hearing now belongs to Megan Slankard from San Francisco.

Megan Slankard is the featured performer on Friday (10.16) at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. She’s taking part in an event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Doors open at 7pm. 

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Whose this you’re hearing? It’s a group known as Bear Lincoln. They’re from Oaktown, baby, and they say they met while waiting in line for the rest room at an AM/PM market. For real!

Go ahead, ask Matt Jaffe anything. Just know that your question will likely lead the young singer/songwriter from Mill Valley on a musical detour before he gives you the answer you’re after.

For example, ask how he and his band, The Distractions, were chosen to support Blues Traveler, the Eighties jam band, on their national tour and he’s reminded of one of his influences.

“Well, there’s a great X song. It’s called “It’s Who You Know.”

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ReformCA files their initiative… Splits in legalization coalition… Growers grapple with “drifting odors”… 12-year-olds predict the future… and more.

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Legalization should be state’s decision, says A.G. // The Joint Blog  Loretta Lynch also outlined steps “to avoid federal interference.”

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Today's local music is by Alphabet Rockers. They've been called "the premiere Bay Area hip hop collective for families." 

 

 

Alphabet Rockers are taking part in an event called “Saturday in the Park McLaren" – when else? – on Saturday (10.10)! 

 

 

They perform at 1pm at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, but activities for the day begin at 10am.

 

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Dispensary operator sues Berkeley… “Serious misconduct” at DEA… News from native tribes… How to stop football brawls... Can you be fired with a prescription?  And more.

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Today’s music is by a solo Irish fiddler – with some enhancements. That’s why Michael Mullen calls himself the Trio of One. Perhaps you heard him recently on KALW’s “Folk Music & Beyond.” Michael Mullen will use his “live looping” technique when he plays The Ivy Room in Albany on Saturday, October 3. Music starts at 8pm.

A manifesto, by definition, is not usually easy reading, which is why Steve DeAngelo has combined his eight-point program with scientific and historical details, interspersed with stories about his life.

Today’s local music is by Pat Wilder. She started learning guitar as a teenager after her mother “encouraged” her to take up any instrument other than the one she was learning – drums!

Pat Wilder has a show on Friday (10.02) at noon. She’ll be performing at 201 Spear Street in San Francisco. It’s part of this year’s free People in Plazas series.

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The music you’re hearing now is by San Francisco jazz bassist Fred Randolph. He plays clubs and festivals, and is also a music teacher.

You can hear The Fred Randolph Quintet on Sunday (09.27.15) at Angelica’s in Redwood City. Music starts at 7pm.

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What Governor Brown wants…  Students smoke more pot than tobacco now…  Pesticides finally being studied… Sperm counts drop “significantly”… Cannabis for your kitty?  And more.

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These voices belong to members of La Peña Community Chorus. They have prepared an evening of Peruvian music, Friday at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Show starts at 8:30pm.

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Legalization campaigns need cash… Tribe breaks ties with town police over marijuana… Delivery services aid in education… Are firefighters getting high on the job? … and more.

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We are fairly sure you’ve heard this song, but we are also fairly sure you’ve never heard it sung this way. And maybe you’ve heard this voice: Tim Hockenberry. Hockenberry made it to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent” a few years ago.

 Tim Hockenberry will be closing this year’s series of free concerts in the Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square on Sunday (08.30). He is there from 5 to 6:30pm.

The music you’re hearing now is by The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy.  Igoe describes the group as “a rock band in a jazz band’s body.”

You’ll find all 15 members of The Groove Conspiracy at Yoshi's in Oakland on Friday, August 27. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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Sony Holland got her start singing for tips at Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square – and notes that that’s where Robin Williams and Carlos Santana started, too!

Sony Holland sings in a fancier place these days: She’s at The Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 6:30 pm.

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Cannabis bill shelved due to cost… Harborside: good news and bad news… Pesticides in concentrates… and more.

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California’s statewide medical cannabis bill put on hold // EastBayExpress   The widely supported bill was tabled because of it’s $20 million estimated implementation cost.

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus is celebrating two important San Francisco centennial anniversaries.  First is the Panama Pacific Expo of 1915, and second is the hundredth anniversary of the Mission Dolores Basilica.  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be performing in the Basilica on Saturday and Sunday. And it’s worth noting that all of the music in their program would have been familiar to audiences in 1915.

Today’s local music is by La Mixta Criolla, from Marin County. They play their own mix of original songs and traditional tunes. 

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Oakland considers official pot farms, again… Oakland union official is a suspect in kickback scheme… Slimmer waists for smokers… Shakespeare’s garden… and more.

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GOP looks to cannabis for possible revenue // Pressreader.com   “No new taxes” doesn’t extend to medical marijuana, and the proposal has the support of Humboldt  growers group.

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This music is by roots/rock/reggae band Native Elements from San Francisco. They’ve been playing feel-good music for close to 20 years now. 

Native Elements will be part of an all-reggae night at the Club Fox in Redwood City, this Saturday.

The music you’re hearing now is by Karina Denike. She was born in England, but has lived most of her life in Oakland. You might know her from the duo, Dance Hall Crashers.

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The Oakland outfit Cash Pony's influences are many, and it’s clear from this song that Frank Zappa is on that list.

Cash Pony plays Thursday, August 13th at Leo’s in Oakland. Doors open at 8 pm.

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Justice Dept. can prosecute patients…  What to do with canna-cash? … Dispensaries now OK in Vallejo… Events… Opinion… “Willie’s Reserve”… and more.

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The music you’re hearing now is by a group named Heartwatch. You may have heard this San Francisco band when they were called The Tropics.

The musicians currently known as Heartwatch are performing Saturday (08.08). They're part of this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park. Yes, it’s sold out -- but the sounds definitely spill beyond the confines of the fenced-off festival, so you might still be able to hear them.

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This music? It’s Harvey Wainapel on soprano saxophone – although he also plays alto and tenor sax. Harvey Wainapel is joining forces with the Danny Green Trio this Friday for a show at the Red Poppy Arthouse in San Francisco. The music starts at 7:30pm.

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We Became Owls is an alternative Americana band from Oakland. Songwriter Andrew Blair and multi-instrumentalist Ross Warner began creating, writing and composing music together in middle school. Now they're joined by upright bassist Doug Keen, vocalist and banjo picker Kelly McFarling and either Andrew Laubacher or Kyle Caprista on drums.

 

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Attorney Haig resigns… “pot probably safer than heroin”… CBD “appears safe”…  Nevada gets first dispensary… Opinions…  and more.

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Federal agencies cannot use Oakland police for cannabis raids // EastBayExpress.com   The action directly relates to the 2012 raid on Oaksterdam University and related businesses.

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This music? It’s by Dakila,  a Latin rock band with roots tracing back to the 1970s.  Dakila is one of several bands taking part in this weekend’s Nihommachi Street Fair in San Francisco’s Japantown. They’ll be playing on Saturday. Check the Nihonmachi Street Fair website for specifics.

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