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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3:53pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Brothers Comatose

Jonah Podbereski

Only half of the name of the band you’re hearing is accurate. Two members of The Brothers Comatose are actually brothers. But they are not comatose. In fact, they’re known for providing audience members with chopsticks, so they can add to the percussion section. And they toss alligators into the crowd – inflatable ones. Still, that’s hardly comatose.  

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3:52pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Lance Canales & The Flood

 A lot of blues singers sing about living in one-room shacks, hard work and hard times, but few these days have direct experience with this kind of life. That’s not true for Lance Canales, who you’re hearing now. Canales grew up breaking horses and listening to fire-and-brimstone preachers in California’s central valley.  

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3:52pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Thee Oh Sees

The band you're hearing now is Thee Oh Sees. They're being interviewed this Friday in San Francisco for "Sound Opinions," the rock talk show which is heard Sunday afternoon on KALW. That's sold out, but take heart! Thee Oh Sees are playing three nights next week (October 10th, 11th, and 12th) at The Chapel in San Francisco’s Mission District. Music will begin at 8:30pm. 

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9:02am

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

Cannabis News Roundup: October 3, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

California ready to approve hemp productions, with federal approval… Canada overhauls their medical cannabis production plan… “Little measurable effect” for cannabis users concerning health needs…  NORML moves closer to a Super Bowl ad… and more.

LEGISLATION

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12:11pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Virginia Tichenor

Mississippi State University Libraries

Back in the day, San Francisco’s Barbary Coast was one of the most lawless places imaginable. That’s changed somewhat, and even Pier 23, the long-time dive bar on the Embarcadero has had a recent makeover. But some things don’t change – such as the sound of ragtime piano, which you’re hearing now, as played by Virginia Tichenor.  Virginia Tichenor, now of Oakland, grew up hearing these sounds – her father is a noted ragtime scholar.

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