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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 15

Sep 15, 2020

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First hour: Samra Brouk and Christopher Missick, candidates for the 55th Senate District

Second hour: Understanding depression and the impact of mental health concerns

State Senator Rich Funke is not seeking reelection, and two candidates are vying for his seat in the 55th District. This hour, we talk with Democratic candidate Samra Brouk and Republican candidate Christopher Missick about their platforms, their priorities for the district, and their perspectives on a range of issues impacting Rochester and New York State. Our guests:

  • Samra Brouk, Democratic candidate for State Senate, 55th District  
  • Christopher Missick, Republican candidate for State Senate, 55th District

Then in our second hour, recent comments made by Fox Sports host Skip Bayless have led to controversy. Bayless criticized Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott for speaking out about his depression. Prescott's brother died by suicide, and the quarterback publicly shared his struggle and his desire to be vulnerable, genuine, and transparent. Bayless said he didn't have sympathy for Prescott's public admission, and said revealing "weakness" could reflect the team's ability to believe in him. The incident has led to conversations about the stigma related to mental illness and the need for better understanding of mental health concerns. Our guests this hour share their experiences with depression and respond to the controversy:

  • Eric Caine, M.D., former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Kristina Mossgraber, events coordinator and walk manager for NAMI Rochester
  • Scott Fybush, WXXI reporter and anchor