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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, October 20


First hour: Understanding the changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program

Second hour: How Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy can be used to treat chronic painThe Biden administration recently announced it will be making big changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The news was celebrated by borrowers working in public service who have found the program's requirements to be confusing or too strict. For instance, what is considered "public service"? This hour, the experts help us understand the program, the changes made to it, and what borrowers need to know. Our guests:

  • Anna Anderson, supervising attorney at the Regional Consumer Law Unit of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
  • Stuart Hencke, executive director of the Rochester Education Foundation
  • Winston Berkman-Breen, deputy director of the Advocacy and Policy Counsel at the Student Borrower Protection Center

Then in our second hour, have you heard of Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET)? It's a form of mind-body medicine used to treat chronic pain. A documentary called "This Might Hurt" explores the role of the brain in chronic pain and how EAET can be used to manage it. Dr. Howard Schubiner is the director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Providence Hospital in Michigan. His use of EAET to help patients is explored the film. We talk with Schubiner and additional experts about the therapy, what the research shows, and how they think the medical system needs to change to help more people suffering from chronic pain. Our guests:

  • Howard Schubiner, M.D., director of Mind-Body Medicine program at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan
  • Aaron Olden, M.D., physician and owner of Mindful Medicine Rochester
  • William Watson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center 
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.