George Lavender

Independent Producer

Producer

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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The jury in the Harvey Weinstein criminal trial began deliberations this week. They've made several requests to review information and to relisten to certain of witness testimonies.

from Hollywood Breakdown

Carpinteria residents are particularly interested in cannabis because they’re upset about the skunky smell wafting from the greenhouses and the industry’s financial contributions to…

from KCRW Features

LA and and 14 other California counties have a new system for voting in this year’s presidential election.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

You are cleared for takeoff now, but come October the government may deem you too big a risk to fly.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Joe Biden is facing a possibly insurmountable obstacle in his bid for the presidency: his name.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Antonio Banderas has an Oscar nomination for “Pain and Glory,” in which he plays an aging film director with health problems and regrets.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

Fresh off his New Hampshire primary win, can Bernie Sanders do the same in Nevada, the next state to vote?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand