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 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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Tue August 20, 2013
Local Music

Today's Local Music: San Francisco Lyric Chorus

The voices you’re hearing are from the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Robert Gurney. The Chorus will be performing "Ein Deutsches Requiem" by Johannes Brahms for their summer concert. The composer said this requiem is intended “to comfort the living, and to remember those who are gone.”  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be at St.

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Mon August 19, 2013
Local Music

Today's Local Music: Two Gallants

Two Gallants, a duo of native San Franciscans, has been playing together since they were in pre-school – as you’ll see from the photo on their new album cover. Previous releases have been steeped in folk and blues. This time out they’re getting back to their beginnings, in punk and grunge.

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Fri August 16, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: August 16, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

Holder announces shift in federal policy… E-cigarette ban shelved, for now…  22nd Hempfest this weekend in Seattle… and more…


Mercury News // "We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation," US Attorney General Eric Holder told the American Bar Assn. convention in San Francisco Monday.

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Fri August 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

“The original bill of human rights" from the King of the Universe

The Cyrus Cylinder, now at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, through September 22, 2013.
Asian Art Museum

It’s odd, isn’t it, that so much of what we know about past civilizations comes from things that those societies valued so little? I’m talking about the fact that archeologists so often focus on trash dumps or broken bits of everything from crockery to buildings to help puzzle out how our ancestors lived.

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