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.



Thu August 29, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Pride & Joy

South Shore Ctr., Alameda, home of the Summer Beats concert series

Do you like to dance?  Well, when you’re listening to the band called Pride and Joy, you may not have any choice, because that’s what they do: they make people dance! 

Pride and Joy is part of the Summer Beats series of free outdoor concerts at the South Shore Center in Alameda. You can hear them this Saturday, August 31st, starting about 7:00pm. 

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Tue August 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Rin Tin Tiger

The band you’re hearing now is called Rin Tin Tiger. This San Francisco folk rock trio has been compared to Bob Dylan – early Bob Dylan – not just because of the harmonica, but also because of their lyrics, which focus on contemporary life. 

They’re playing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, August 31st, where you’re likely to hear new songs from their third album, which just came out last week. Doors open at 8:00pm. 

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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.