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.



Fri February 28, 2014

Cannabis News Roundup: February 28, 2014

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Exclusive update on Christian dispensary court appearance… Denver plans first recreational smoke trade show… More states consider legalization… “Smoke shack” dynamited in Colorado… and more


Christian cannabis club challenges IRS // Time

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Thu February 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Myra Melford

The music you’re hearing is being played by Myra Melford. She’s on sabbatical from UC Berkeley at present, which gives her time for some performances off campus. She says she continually reaches toward a state of transcendence with her music, yet there’s always a connection to the blues traditions she heard growing up, near Chicago. 

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Wed February 26, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Anton Schwartz

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At one time jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz, who you’re hearing now, was an academic in the field of Artificial Intelligence. And while he decided to abandon that to play music full time, he is still found in front of students – but now he’s a faculty member of The Jazzschool in Berkeley, and at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.  

The Anton Schwartz Quintet is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 1st in Pacifica, at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall. Music begins at 7:30pm.

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Tue February 25, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Broken Shadows Family Band

The music you’re hearing now is by the Broken Shadows Family Band. You may know bandleader Darren Johnston from another Bay Area group, the Nice Guy Trio.  

This is an instrumental song, but the sound of the Broken Shadows Family Band usually emphasizes the lyrics – so no texting during the show, OK?  They’re performing at San Francisco’s Red Poppy Art House on Friday, starting about 7:30pm. 

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Mon February 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Papercuts

The band you’re hearing is Papercuts. The New York Times described their sound as “melding sustained organ chords with slow finger-picked guitar.”

If you are wondering what that actually means, you can find out on Wednesday when this Bay Area group appears at the 22nd annual Noise Pop festival. Papercuts is the headliner on Wednesday evening, February 26th at The Chapel in San Francisco, starting at 7:00pm.

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