Juliana Chan Erikson

Juliana is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute’s mid-career class.

Juliana Chan Erikson

Smoke signals

Health | A patchwork of state laws makes medical marijuana an imprecise practice
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 7/27/18, 12:02 am

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and his wife Stephanie debated for years whether to open their medical marijuana dispensary on Saturday, the day Jews observe Sabbath. Some clients said it was the best day to visit, but still the Kahns hesitated.

This past April, nearly five years after opening, they decided to do it.

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Cruel summer

Relationships | Loneliness plagues our social-media-drenched society, and summer is the season of greatest isolation
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 6/14/18, 01:42 am

This summer, as millions of Americans slather on the SPF and race for the beach, many others will be stuck at home, feeling lonely and forgotten as they aimlessly scroll through your happy Instagram photos. Put “loneliness of summer” into a search engine and you’ll find articles defining summer as “a season of intense loneliness and isolation. All your friends are on vacation for weeks at a time. … Ecstatic Facebook updates about festivals, BBQ’s and exotic holiday destinations only seem to rub your nose in the fact that you’re stuck at home.”

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20th Century Fox

Big-screen extravaganza

Movie | The Greatest Showman brings an embellished circus spectacle to modern theater audiences
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 1/04/18, 11:22 am

Perhaps it’s a good thing The Greatest Showman embellishes its portrayal of Barnum & Bailey Circus, which shut down last May because of declining attendance. The musical, which tells the story of founder P.T. Barnum and his traveling show of oddities, may have the same glittery get-ups, midgets, and elephants, but the movie’s directors knew even the first freak show needs a boost of freakiness to work in 2017.

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