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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1:17pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Bells

Today we are featuring the sound of Bells. Not literally “bells,” of course. That’s the name of the group. This East Bay band blends dreamy harmonies and a wide range of percussion to create a unique sound. You can hear them for yourself on Friday, October 19, at the New Parish in Oakland. Music starts at about 9pm.

 

4:05pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Arts & Culture

Did pop music kill the campaign song?

It’s election season so all aspects of every campaign machine is working to get our attention. Some candidates use pop music in their campaigns, but it doesn’t always work in their favor. For example, Tom Petty forced Tea Party candidate Michelle Bachmann to stop using his song, “American Girl,” at her rallies. And candidate Barack Obama had to quit using “Hold On, I’m Comin'" because Sam – of Sam & Dave, the duo that made the song popular – said he had not endorsed the future President.

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6:28pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Source: The story of Marin County's namesake takes flight

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In Marin, it’s been a rewarding year for author and academic, Betty Goerke. Back in February, she was recognized for her “significant contributions advancing the understanding of the past in Marin County.” This Sunday, October 21, she will be honored by the Mill Valley Art Commission, at their annual awards dinner. In this story from our archives, Goerke sat down with KALW’s Steven Short to discuss the subject of one her books, the namesake of Marin County.

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2:43pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Albino!

Today we are featuring the high-energy grooves of Afrobeat practitioners, Albino! This ten-piece ensemble includes dancers and eye-popping costumes - along with hypnotic percussion and heavy, heavy horns! They’ll be celebrating the birthday of Fela Kuti, their Nigerian musical muse, on Friday, October 19, at San Francisco’s Elbo Room. Music starts at 9pm. 

12:08pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: October 15, 2012

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(ASA) // The scientific merits of medical cannabis will be considered in federal court for the first time in nearly 20 years tomorrow. The US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC is set to hear oral arguments challenging the government’s classification of marijuana as a seriously dangerous drug, with no medicinal value. Their decision could come at any time, but proponents don’t expect an answer for several months.

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