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 2, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Cannabis News Roundup: August 2, 2013

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Uruguay to be first country with legal cannabis...  Illinois is 20th medical cannabis state… Court case targets dispensaries using “pot docs”…  Be cautious when “dabbing”… Hemp scooter in production… and more


BBC // Uruguay took a step towards becoming the world’s first country to regulate cannabis on the national level when the House approved cannabis draft legislation Wednesday.

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Fri August 2, 2013

Book Review: HUMBOLDT: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier

book jacket cover

Author Emily Brady is not new to the world of cannabis. She was visiting a friend when authorities removed the friend’s father from their house in a drug raid. Brady was 14 at the time. What is new, she discovered in researching this book, is cannabis culture itself. “What started as a lark 40 years ago,” she notes, “has become the backbone of the economy” in rural northern California.

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Thu August 1, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: Makrú

The music you’re hearing is by the bilingual San Francisco band known as Makrú. You can listen for what Makrú calls a “unifying, positive vibe” in their songs when they play the Surf Spot in Pacifica on Sunday, August 4th. It’s an afternoon show, starting at 2:00pm. 

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Tue July 30, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: Stu Allen

Jerry Day, McLaren Park, San Francisco

This jam is being led by Stu Allen, along with Mars Hotel. Allen and fabled organist Melvin Seals headline the 11th annual Jerry Day this Sunday, August 4th.  

Jerry Day takes place in The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park, in San Francisco’s Excelsior District. That's the neighborhood where the Grateful Dead guitarist grew up. Music starts about 11:30am, and there’s no estimate as to when it when it will end. 

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Mon July 29, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: Danny Click

The jangling guitar you’re hearing now belongs to Danny Click. One of his earliest memories is hearing his mother play a slide guitar. He picked up the guitar himself for the first time when he was six years old.   Danny Click is hosting a Texas Blues Night on Friday, August 1st at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Music will begin about 9:30pm.

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