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.

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Plans for a California cannabis credit union...  Parker throws cash at legalization… “Nuns” threatened for growing… Cities statewide enact restrictions on cannabis… Health, Opinion, and more.


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In our current era of electronic transfers, bank cards and direct deposit, it is easy to forget that people used to go home at the end of the week with a pay envelope filled with... money! In fact, the name of one Bay Area neighborhood is based upon that old practice. That neighborhood is Oakland's Jingletown.

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Surgeon General to review drug rules… RICO charges dropped in Berkeley… Mexican farmers converting to other crops… Kosher cannabis… Year-end review… and more.


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Towns and counties vote for local control… Oklahoma still suing neighbors… Columbia legalizes medical marijuana… Concentrates are medicinal…  What “Trumbo” doesn’t tell you… and more.

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San Francisco’s cannabis task force… More support for AUMA… Banking survey… Preachers concerned… Health, Business, Opinion, and more….

[Technical difficulties beyond my control: The links on all of these stories seem to work, despite appearances.]


Many people still think of San Francisco’s most famous intersection -- Haight-Ashbury -- as the epicenter of the hippie movement of the mid-1960s. Plenty of the businesses along Haight Street ensure that era is not forgotten.

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California coalitions begin to form around “Adult Use” measure… Look inside a Cannabis Cup… South American news…  Banking survey… What Rick Steves says… and more.


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The music you’re hearing now is by Beats Antique

 They describe their sound as,  “Gypsy electro-acoustic circus hip-hop in a Bedouin tent during the after-party of the Apocalypse.”   

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“Cannabis chief” requirements… Recreational cannabis lacks broad support in California… Post Office won’t deliver newspapers with marijuana ads… Business… Health… and more.


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Everybody likes  a birthday party and when it’s Larry Vuckovich’s 79th birthday party, that’s all the better.

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San Francisco is steeped in history. It’s easy to find its Italian history, its Spanish and Chinese history, and even to some extent its Native American history. But the city’s French heritage is less celebrated.

Oaksterdam founder endorses AUMA… Legalization might not end black market… Jimi Hendrix brand launched… Health... Opinions… and more.


Parents and elders were repeatedly mentioned as crucial stakeholders in California’s 2016 attempts at marijuana reform during last weekend’s New-West Summit in San Francisco. It was the first of what is expected to be an annual event.

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Colombia to legalize medical cannabis… City offered cut in grow site… First tribal reservation store opens… More bad news for concentrates… Health… Events… and Willie Nelson.


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What do you call it when a flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello all play together? The answer today is The Divisa Ensemble. The San Jose Mercury News applauds the “precision and deep musicality” of this Bay Area group. 

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Job opening: state marijuana chief… Counties move to keep local control… Veterans one step closer to medical marijuana… E. coli found in pot tests… and more.


Help wanted: State seeks medical marijuana chief // Sacramento Bee  Is there a drug test involved?

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Today’s local music is by pianist Sarah Cahill. She’s known to KALW listeners as host of “Revolutions Per Minute,” on Sunday evenings.


Sean “The Disruptor” Parker joins the cause… Growers required to register… “Armed commandos” threaten Mendo growers… Feds investigate working conditions for bud-trimmers… and more.


“Adult Use of Marijuana Act” gets big boost // SF Weekly   This 2016 ballot initiative pulls ahead in a crowded field.

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Today’s local music is by Ian Faquini  and Rebecca Kleinmann of Oakland. That’s him on guitar and her on flute.

You can ask Finish Ticket how well those things go together when they’re at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday. Doors open at 7pm; music starts at 8pm. 

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Cannabis spray gets mixed results… 2016 ballot to see multiple pot proposals… Ask your vet if CBD is right for your dog… Teen use of pot “significantly lower”… and more.


Oregon’s new recreational regs OK: dispensaries // MJ Biz Daily  Some sections are “less than desirable,” but those might be corrected when the final rules are released.

You may not know this song, but you know the percussionist — he’s John Santos, who provides the Crosscurrents theme music.

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Justice Dept. must follow Congressional rule on dispensaries… Taxi testing in San Francisco… Oakland ready to cash in on cannabis… Our neighbors consider legalization… and more.


This music? It’s being played by the Amaranth String Quartet. The members are all graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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California's new medical marijuana law… Marijuana and the Presidential candidates… New thoughts on "marijuana banks"… Runner's high vs. marijuana high… and more. 


The voice you’re hearing now belongs to Megan Slankard from San Francisco.

Megan Slankard is the featured performer on Friday (10.16) at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. She’s taking part in an event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Doors open at 7pm. 

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Whose this you’re hearing? It’s a group known as Bear Lincoln. They’re from Oaktown, baby, and they say they met while waiting in line for the rest room at an AM/PM market. For real!

Go ahead, ask Matt Jaffe anything. Just know that your question will likely lead the young singer/songwriter from Mill Valley on a musical detour before he gives you the answer you’re after.

For example, ask how he and his band, The Distractions, were chosen to support Blues Traveler, the Eighties jam band, on their national tour and he’s reminded of one of his influences.

“Well, there’s a great X song. It’s called “It’s Who You Know.”

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ReformCA files their initiative… Splits in legalization coalition… Growers grapple with “drifting odors”… 12-year-olds predict the future… and more.


Legalization should be state’s decision, says A.G. // The Joint Blog  Loretta Lynch also outlined steps “to avoid federal interference.”

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Today's local music is by Alphabet Rockers. They've been called "the premiere Bay Area hip hop collective for families." 



Alphabet Rockers are taking part in an event called “Saturday in the Park McLaren" – when else? – on Saturday (10.10)! 



They perform at 1pm at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, but activities for the day begin at 10am.