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George Lavender

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George Lavender is an award-winning independent radio and print journalist. His radio reporting has aired on NPR, KCRW, WBUR, KQED, and Radio France International.

George Lavender on KCRW

Southern California has long been associated with street racing. And law enforcement officials say they’re gearing up for another deadly summer.

What's fueling the rise in illegal street racing?

Southern California has long been associated with street racing. And law enforcement officials say they’re gearing up for another deadly summer.

from KCRW Features

Businesses that grow or sell cannabis still face a challenge when it comes to what to do with the money they make. At the Higher Path dispensary in Sherman Oaks,…

The business of legal weed poses banking challenges

Businesses that grow or sell cannabis still face a challenge when it comes to what to do with the money they make. At the Higher Path dispensary in Sherman Oaks,…

from News Stories

Most banks are unwilling to serve an industry that is illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

Banking and cannabis

Most banks are unwilling to serve an industry that is illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

from KCRW Features

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Let’s talk about how we got here.

from Left, Right & Center

According to hundreds of text messages leaked to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A new Crisis Intervention Team in Santa Barbara County pairs a sheriff’s deputy with a mental health specialist.

from The 805

Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing and wildflower buds are beginning to pop up and down the Central Coast.

from The 805

Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE  was invented to address one particular challenge in tackling climate change: often, the green choice isn’t the most convenient or most…

from KCRW Features

When a school shooting happens, the tragedy usually gets lots of attention from national news and politicians.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen described the president as a racist, a conman, and a cheat during his hearing before the House Oversight Committee today.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Facebook has about 15,000 content reviewers who are responsible for removing graphic violence, hate speech and images of child abuse from our feeds.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Federal prosecutors announced charges today in what they call the “largest college admissions scam” they’ve ever prosecuted. More than a dozen people charged are from L.A.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand