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.



Tue April 2, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Yes-Go's

Music by The Yes-Go's

The music you’re hearing now is by San Francisco punk band The Yes-Go’s. They try to include a couple of new songs in each of their live shows to make sure the audience is really paying attention. Animals inspire lots of their music, even when it's not really about animals. The Yes-Go’s have a rare daylight show on Saturday April 6 at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, starting at 3pm.


Wed March 27, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: March 27, 2013

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Fourth Amendment still valid… Increased attention on vaporizers… Next week’s debate in San Francisco… and more

(McClatchy) // “Get that dog off my lawn” took on a new meaning yesterday when The Supreme Court ruled that drug-sniffing dogs cannot be used on private property without benefit of a search warrant. Your home is still your castle, and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is still in force.

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Fri March 22, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: March 22, 2013

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UCLA Prof to oversee Washington State cannabis...If cannabis is medicine, why should the CA-ABC control it?...Forbes highlights cannabis angel investors...Another ton of pot found on CA beach … and more!

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Thu March 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Bobby McFerrin

Music by Bobby McFerrin

The distinctive sounds we’re featuring on today’s show are by Bobby McFerrin. He wasn’t born here, and he doesn’t live here, but Bobby McFerrin got his start here: his first public performance was at the Noe Valley Ministry, many years ago. McFerrin has a warning on his website: listening to his music may produce unparalleled joy and a rejection of the predictable. He’s in town a week from Saturday, March 30th, with the San Francisco Symphony for a special show at Davies Symphony Hall, starting at 8pm.


Tue March 19, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Sinister Dexter

What’s that you’re hearing? It’s Sinister Dexter, a horn-heavy funk and soul band from Mountain View. They've evolved over the years from swing and blues into funk and soul at the urging of their audience. They say their goal is to be “the local band that we would go out of our way to see ourselves.”

You can go out of your way to see them this Friday March 22 at Tupelo, in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Music begins around 8pm.