Steven Short

Reporter/Producer

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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3:25pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's local music: Nebula Force, Go

Nebula Force, Go
Credit Source: Nebula Force, Go

They're a band that describes themselves as a team dedicated to getting rid of evil in galaxies and recording their tales in song.

Nebula Force, Go's Facebook page also says "you're going to love hearing about zombies, robots, dinosaurs and undead radioactive Godzilla".

The song available below features one of those areas . . . it's about dinosaur bones.

Where does the band name come from? It's a reference to Power Rangers, and let's just leave it at that.

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9:57am

Fri February 8, 2013
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: February 8, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

(The Republic) // The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday about whether cities have the authority to ban cannabis dispensaries within their jurisdictions. The defense argued that distribution should be permitted, because medical cannabis is legal statewide, thus superseding local ordinances. The Court didn’t seem convinced, but their ruling will not come until spring. Roughly 200 cities and counties in California have dispensary bans.

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2:34pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Gutai, Bluegrass, and Cartoon Jazz

Untitled (Green Circle on Red, 1968)
Jiro Yoshihara

You may just want to stay home this weekend, after last Sunday’s Super Bowl party. But in case you change your mind, here are some ideas that don’t cost much (if anything), and will keep you informed musically, physically, philanthropically, artistically, and historically. 

Here's your Arts/Culture/Weekend:

THURSDAY

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1:17pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Freedom Enterprise

Today’s local music is from Baltimore as we fulfill our end of a Super Bowl bet we had with Baltimore station WTMD. All week we have been bringing you local music from that city, and today’s pick is Freedom Enterprise, self-described as Baltimore’s “Funk Soul Rock'n'Roll musical experience.”

5:54pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

Where homosexuality and Mormonism collide

The intersection of gay rights and Mormon religion at a Mormons for Marriage Equality in Portland, Oregon.
Under CC license from Flickr user A.Davey

Recently on Crosscurrents, we aired a profile of Oakland’s Mormon Temple – an aesthetic icon in the city – and a place that’s very special to a man who was married there.

“Also, it is a place where a temple marriage can be performed, a marriage performed in a Mormon temple is not said to be ‘til’ death do you part, but also to carry on into the eternities,” Jay Pimentel said in the piece.

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