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 January 29, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music : Dodge's Sundodgers

Today we are featuring music by Dodge’s Sundodgers. They specialize in updated versions of music that was popular nearly a century ago – namely ragtime, ballads, waltzes and Hawaiian steel guitar. They’re playing on Saturday, February 2 at Café Leila on San Pablo in Berkeley, starting about 7pm.

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Mon January 28, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Chaw

Usually the word “chaw” means to chew on something, but the music you’re hearing now is from a band called The Chaw who say that the band's name has no real meaning. Band members came up with the name while brainstorming on their bikes one day in downtown Concord.

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Thu January 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Solstice

The music you’re hearing is by Solstice, a female vocal ensemble that was started in 1996. Perhaps you’ve heard them on KALW’s “Folk Music & Beyond” program. There’s an opportunity to hear them in person on Sunday (01.27). They’ll be at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco, part of the Candlelight Concerts series. Music begins about 7pm.


Wed January 23, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Makrú

Makrú's new single, Ahí Atrás

Today's local music is by Makrú. This San Francisco group blends musical influences from throughout the Latin World. They sing in Spanish and English, about reality and fiction, hope and joy, respect and love.

They’re opening for LoCura this Saturday, January 26, at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Makrú – featuring our very own Martina Castro on vocals – show starts about 8pm.


Thu January 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

History isn’t a turnoff – if it’s properly presented

Photo by Lisa Hamilton Courtesy of

My first award at school was for history, in fifth grade. I didn’t even know you could win awards for history, but I was pleased to get it. This early inclination has always made me wonder why many people find history to be boring. Personally, I always enjoyed learning about the individual events and the individual people behind those events. Now I realize that much of history is presented more like a math problem than a story – i.e., “When did the Panama Canal open?”

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