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.



Wed September 19, 2012

Cannabis news roundup Sept. 19, 2012

There’s more bad news for teen boys smoking cannabis, but some good news for adults with certain cancers:

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Fri September 14, 2012
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup - Book Review: “Drugs - without the hot air”

David Nutt is the former chair of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. He might still have that post if not for the horses.

In a rational (and non-political) examination of harmful activities, he noted that around ten people die each year in the United Kingdom while riding horses. And there are more than a hundred traffic accidents involving horses annually, some also resulting in death.

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Thu September 6, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh and Onlys are hailed as an integral band in San Francisco's new garage rock movement. This popular group is definitely not playing in garages these days--their new album Long, Slow, Dance just dropped on Sept. 4th, and has already been widely praised. You can catch them at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on Monday, Sept. 10. Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9 pm.



Wed September 5, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Stairwell Sisters

The Stairwell Sisters play rollicking old style music. The two founding members used to practice their harmonies in the stairwell of their workplace in San Francisco. That was twelve years later. Now, The Stairwell Sisters band bring their mix of traditional songs and new compositions to audiences throughout the Bay Area.

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Tue September 4, 2012

The Sharing Economy: Visit the really really free market

Really Free Market Site

When you're low on cash, there are a couple of ways to shop for clothes, shoes, or anything else you may need.  You can probably find some good deals online at Freecycle or Craigslist or maybe you'll sift through the goods at your favorite second hand store.

Here, in  San Francisco, you can go to the monthly Really Really Free Market. It's a swap meet but without the price tags. As part of our series on Sharing Economy, KALW's Steven Short takes us there, in this piece from our archives. 

Listen to the full story above.