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 April 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Ken Ueno

Today we're featuring Ken Ueno, a composer and vocalist, currently on the faculty at UC Berkeley. He specializes in what is known as “extended techniques,” such as overtones and Tuvan throat-singing. Next Tuesday, April 16th, he joins two other Bay Area musicians who use “extended techniques” as part of the “SF Sound Salon Series.” This takes place at the Center for New Music on Taylor Street in San Francisco. And please note: the performance begins at 7:49pm. 


Mon April 8, 2013
Arts & Culture

Jenny Kerr

The music you’re hearing now is the high energy, foot stompin’ sound of San Francisco native Jenny Kerr. She’s a regular on the festival circuit in Europe, but you only have to go as far as Half Moon Bay to hear her this week. She and the band are appearing Friday, April 12th at Sam’s Chowder House, playing from 5:30 to 8:30pm.


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Fri April 5, 2013

Cannabis News Roundup: April 5, 2013

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Majority approves of cannabis, for first time… Brothers start marijuana super PAC… “Smoke a joint, help a school” coming to Nevada?… and more!

(Forbes) // More people favor legalizing cannabis now than ever before, with a 52 percent majority backing decriminalization.

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Wed April 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's local music: Prasant Radhakrishnan

Today we are featuring saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan of Oakland.  While firmly based in South India's traditional style of classical  music,  Radhakrishnan is also inspired by the sounds of American jazz.

You can experience this style of music yourself on Friday, April 4, at the Subterranean Arthouse, a community art space in Berkeley. The music starts at 8pm. 


Tue April 2, 2013
Arts & Culture

Is the Bay Area home to the "last rustic town of metropolitan America"?

One of the attractions of living in the Bay Area is that you have the buzz and activity of towns located near impressive natural surroundings – even if most people have to drive from the former to the latter.

One community that has a balance between the two is the settlement known as Canyon. It’s less than a mile from the Oakland city limits, and even closer to Moraga, yet towering redwood trees surround it.

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