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.



Fri August 16, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: August 16, 2013

Cannabis leaf
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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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Thu August 15, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: Jest Jammin'

The band you’re hearing now came about because a few friends were just jamming. That was 45 years ago, and Jest Jammin’ still plays throughout northern California. 

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Wed August 14, 2013

Richmond exhibit explores childcare's wartime origins

For those who do have little ones, the Bay Area has a lot of preschools for you. There are close to 200 in San Francisco alone. And that’s not even counting Head Start programs, which operate in all 50 states. 

Many people believe that Head Start was America’s first government-run educational program for young children. It launched in 1964. But World War II actually produced an earlier model, right here in the city of Richmond.

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Wed August 14, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: Eric + Erica

The dreamy pop sounds you’re hearing now are by Oakland duo Eric + Erica. They not only make music, they also make their fliers and CD sleeves, all by hand. 

Eric + Erica enjoy performing in non-commercial spaces – like someone’s backyard – but tomorrow they’ll be at Amnesia in San Francisco, part of an ambitious line-up saying farewell to singer Dina Maccabee. Their set starts at 8:30pm, and they'll also be playing with others throughout the evening.

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