Breena Kerr

Journalist and Essayist

San Francisco Bay Area

Breena Kerr

Hawaii and West Coast-based journalist writing on culture, politics, travel, science, sexuality and belief.

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Episode 3: From the Summer of Love to Nelson British Columbia — Inside “Resisterville”. Say “Summer of Love” and so many images come to mind — “far out” lingo, tie dye and flower power, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park where you’d sway to local bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.

Why it matters what real-life strippers think of 'Hustlers'

Breena Kerr is a freelance journalist who writes about culture, entertainment, travel, science, and current affairs. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, Rolling Stone and many others. The views expressed here are hers. View more opinion articles on CNN. Link to Story

How MTV’s ‘Are You The One?’ Is Changing Dating Shows

Over the last eight years, Are You the One? executive producer Rob LaPlante has conducted hundreds of in-depth interviews with eager twentysomethings who hope to be cast on the MTV reality dating show. If everyone finds their match by the last episode (without making too many mistakes along the way), the group wins $1 million to share.
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What Do Womxn Want?

In late 2016, shortly after the election of Donald Trump, feminists in Seattle met to discuss their branch of the Women’s March. The march’s name, which would be printed on all the local promotion materials, soon came up as something that could be updated. “Our organizing group is superdiverse, and one of the core organizers, who is a nonbinary person, proposed that we use the word ‘womxn’ to make sure that everyone felt included,” said Elizabeth Hunter-Keller, the communications chair for what soon became known as the Womxn’s March Seattle.
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Amanda Eller, Hiker Lost in Hawaii Forest, Is Found Alive After 17 Days

It had been 17 days since anyone had seen Amanda Eller. Her car was spotted near a trailhead in a vast forest reserve in Hawaii, and thousands of search volunteers were scouring the jungles and streams nearby. On Friday afternoon, less than an hour after her family announced a $50,000 reward for information, rescuers found Ms.
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'Voice of the forest': George the snail, last of his kind, dies at age 14

As New Year’s Day broke in the Hawaiian Islands, one rare creature was not there to emerge from his shell and greet it: George, the last snail of his kind and a local celebrity, was dead at age 14. World's oldest known wild bird to become a mother for the 37th time. The passing of George, a member of the Achatinella apexfulva species and a tree snail who fed on tree fungus, algae and bacteria, epitomizes the decline of biodiversity on the Hawaiian islands, where climate change and invasive predators have taken a heavy toll on native animals and insects.
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How HBO Is Changing Sex Scenes Forever

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A 1,000-year-old road lost to time

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When office politics meet national politics

It's felt harder than ever to avoid political conversations since the 2016 election, even (maybe especially) in the workplace. We'll look at how employers are handling tough conversations. But first, an unintended consequence of Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox: It has to give up 22 regional sports networks, which could be a business opportunity for team owners and new tech players. Link to Story

Are Sex-Doll Brothels the Wave of the Future?

In a nondescript bedroom in an undisclosed industrial neighborhood of Toronto, Canada, Erika is being prepped to meet her first john. Before her appointment, an attendant will wash and sterilize her. Then they’ll dress her in the white tank and black thong underwear fitting for a French-Canadian girl-next door.
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Hawaii politician stops voting, claiming islands are 'occupied sovereign country'

A Hawaii politician has refused to attend months of meetings because she believes Hawaii may not actually be a part of the US. Jennifer Ruggles has served two years as the Hawaii county councilwoman for the district of Puna – the same part of the Big Island that was devastated by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano earlier this year.
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Dying is Now A Choice

Hawaii’s Medical Aid in Dying law takes effect Jan. 1, but doctors are among the local professionals who are not ready to deal with the law. Mary, a 78-year-old Hawaii resident, doesn’t look like someone who would want to end her own life. She wears bright colors, is quick to laugh and visits with friends daily.
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Breena Kerr



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