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Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on Connectionsevery weekday from noon-2 p.m. Be part of the program with questions or comments by phone -- 1-844-295-TALK (8255), email, Facebook or Twitter

According to new research, the number of people struggling with depression is up due to the pandemic. A study published in The Lancet Regional Health-Americas shows that the rise in rates due to COVID is worse than those associated with other large-scale traumatic events like severe weather or terrorist attacks.

What do the experts recommend for people struggling with mental health concerns, specifically depression? Guest host Scott Fybush explores that question with our guests:

Las Vegas Raiders football coach Jon Gruden resigned last week after the New York Times reported on emails he sent in which he made homophobic and misogynistic comments. This came after racist statements Gruden made about a union leader. Some of the emails were sent from his private account.

Guest host Scott Fybush leads a conversation in which we discuss just how much employers have legal access to when it comes to workers' emails, whether from company accounts or private accounts. What about other work communication? And we explore the claims of Gruden's supporters, who say that these comments were made long enough ago not to matter anymore.

Our guests:

  • Justin Cordello, employment law attorney with Cordello Law PLLC
  • Sharon Stiller, partner and director of the employment law practice at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP
  • Chris Thompson, engineer, activist, and comedian

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First hour: How much legal access do employers have to workers' emails?

Second hour: Discussing how to treat depression and pandemic and seasonal-related mental health concerns

What does it take for an artist to make a cover song truly their own? CITY Magazine editor Daniel Kushner explores that question with our guest. We also listen to some of the standout cover songs created by the artist.

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The Rochester Jewish Book Festival kicks off October 24 with a special event featuring author Mark Oppenheimer. His book, "Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood," highlights a road to healing.

Guest host Scott Fybush talks with Oppenheimer about the hopes, fears, and tensions that those healing confront during the process. Our guests:

First hour: Mark Oppenheimer on his book, "Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood"

Second hour: Discussing the value of cover songs

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:

The 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

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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 pain

We discuss a new campaign at the House of Mercy. The Radical Compassion campaign is "actively working to preserve, promote and restore the dignity, value and independence of every human person without distinction or judgment."

This hour, we talk about the goals of the campaign and we hear how radical compassion has helped the House of Mercy fulfill its mission. Our guests:

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