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 June 13, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: The Cottontails

Yes, that’s vintage jazz you’re hearing, but no, your radio hasn’t gone into a time warp. You’re hearing The Cottontails of San Francisco, a group that plays American music from the 1920s to the 1960s – sometimes all in one set! They’ll be shaking it up on Sunday at The Riptide in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, beginning at 7:30pm. 

Read more


Mon June 10, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Crosscut

The band you’re hearing now calls themselves Crosscut. Most of the players are from the Bay Area, but their sound is influenced by the Blues – blues from Chicago, Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. Crosscut will be playing music from their album, also called “Crosscut,” on Wednesday (06.12). The free show is part of this year’s “Union Square Live” program, at – where else? - San Francisco’s Union Square. They’re on stage from 6 to 8pm. 

Read more


Fri June 7, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: June 7, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

17th state decriminalizes marijuana; two others vie to be 19th in authorizing medical use… Pot mags not treated as porn in Colorado… More adults admit to cannabis use… and more!


Read more


Thu June 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

Meet the woman behind the new Peninsula Museum of Art

The East Gallery of the Peninsula Museum of Art, dedicated to sculpture, opens with works in bronze and recycled metals by Lori Kay, an early Artist in Residence with Recology

The new Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame is not like most museums. They’re usually started by major collectors, and most of those collectors are men, who – as Ruth Waters puts it – “need a place to put their stuff, and want to share it with the community. We didn’t start that way.”

Read more


Thu June 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Folk, Family, and Free Donuts

Free Folk Festival poster

Free music, free exhibits, even free doughnuts!  Freely enjoy your Arts/Culture/Weekend:


BAM/PFA // It's the first Thursday of the month, which means you can visit the public galleries of the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive at no charge. DETAILS: 11am - 5pm, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. COST: Free.

Read more