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 September 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Lavay Smith

Kathrin Miller

That voice? That’s Bay Area blues belter Lavay Smith. Lavay and her band, The Red Hot Skillet Lickers, are the music entertainment tomorrow at an Art Auction & Benefit for the Coalition on Homelessness. The Coalition unites homeless people, service providers and advocates.  The event takes place tomorrow, September 12th at the SOMArts Cultural Center on Brannan Street in San Francisco. Doors open at 5:30pm.

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Tue September 10, 2013
Local Music

Today's Local Music: Dirty Cello

What is it about cello players in the Bay Area? There must be more of them in “crossover” bands here than anywhere else in the country. Case in point: the Dirty Cello band, who you’re hearing now. They offer soulful blues and gypsy swing. Think of it as Yo-Yo Ma meets B.B. King.

Dirty Cello will be at the Oakland location of District restaurant on Thursday, September 12th. The fun begins about 8:00pm. 

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Mon September 9, 2013
Local Music

Today's Local Music: Monica Pasqual

You may know this voice, but not the name. It is Monica Pasqual, part of the all-female group Blame Sally. The band played in Berkeley last month, but you can hear Monica Pasqual on her own tomorrow, September 10th.

She is part of a Songwriter in Residence program at the Bazaar Café in San Francisco, hosted by Bernal Heights musician Nina Jo Smith. Music begins at 7:00pm.

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Fri September 6, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: September 6, 2013

Univ. of California Press

Senate hearing set for Tuesday… Mexico City considers “smoking clubs”… Vicente Fox speaks in San Francisco Saturday… Massive fire not caused by illegal growers… and more.


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Fri September 6, 2013

Cannabis book: comprehensive, and readable

Univ. of California Press

Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany

By Robert C. Clarke and Mark D. Merlin

The next time someone says that cannabis can’t be legalized because more research is needed, refer them to this book. Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of cannabis through history.

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