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.



Mon August 26, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Jim Bruno

Stephanie Williamson

Songwriter Jim Bruno, who you’re hearing now, says his biography sounds like the opening of a blues song: “I was born in Chicago, in the shadow of an iron forge.” Bruno, who lives in San Francisco now, has had his tunes recorded by the likes of Chuck Prophet and Shawn Colvin. Jim Bruno will be playing his own compositions this this Friday, August 30th, at the Bazaar Café on California Street in San Francisco. Music starts at 7:00pm. 

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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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