George Lavender

Independent 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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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California is trying to smoothly roll out a version of the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5-11 that the CDC green-lit nearly a week ago. Dr.

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As the UN climate conference is taking place, UCLA Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Professor Alex Hall tells KCRW, “There are so many great opportunities around sustainability and…

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Koreatown performance artist Kristina Wong suddenly had no work when the pandemic began, so she started creating face masks.

from Greater LA

To use indoor restaurants in the City of LA, patrons must show proof of full COVID vaccination.

from KCRW Features

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Josh, Liz and Tim discuss the infrastructure bill-turned-law and booster shots. We bring on special guest Ali Wyne to talk about the future of U.S. – China relations.

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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand