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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10:59am

Fri December 21, 2012
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: December 21, 2012

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(Oakland Tribune) //  Harborside Healthcenter’s eviction notice was heard in federal court yesterday in San Francisco. As noted in our last roundup, the question of “when” still seems to be as important as “what,” since Harborside was openly selling marijuana for six years before the US Attorney became interested.

Judge Maria Elena James did not announce a decision in the case, but indicated she will do so “as soon as possible.”

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4:09pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Size matters in "Powers of Ten" tribute

Futurefarmers, A Variation on the Powers of Ten, 2010–12; Production photo: Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine, Futurefarmers; Courtesy the artists; © Futurefarmers

Charles and Ray Eames are best known as mid-20th Century designers of architecture and furniture, but they also worked in graphic design, fine art, and film. Unquestionably their most famous film was “Powers of Ten” (1968), which they describe as “a film dealing with the relative size of things in the universe, and the effect of adding another zero.”

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3:56pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Guitar Pull

The Lady Crooners will be performing at the upcoming Guitar Pull

Now here’s something you don’t hear every day – a Guitar Pull. The term seems to come from the Great Depression when a group would get together to play songs. Often only one player would have a guitar, so they’d “pull” it from each other to have a turn.

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5:15pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: The Rogers

If your band members were named Walter, Brent, Roland, and Rafael, what would you call the band?  Why, The Rogers, of course! Although they’ve only been playing together in public for about a year, The Rogers already have an album, which was released this past summer.  You can hear them live on December 17, when they play The Rocket Room, an intimate space inside of the famous Fillmore, in San Francisco. 

5:56pm

Wed December 5, 2012
Politics

Harborside Health Center wins a battle in the marijuana war

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Last month, Governor Jerry Brown,  speaking on CNN, said:  “It’s time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states. We already have a fair amount of marijuana use in the guise of medical marijuana, so we are capable of self-government. We don’t need some federal gendarme to come tell us what to do.”

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