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RST: Former Chinese dissident who taught at Dickinson; Shutdown's impact on PA economy

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 9, 2013 2:23 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Thursday, October 10, 2013:

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Prof. Yongyi Song

Professor Yongyi Song was teaching at Dickinson College in Carlisle when he traveled to his native China in 1999 to gather material for a database he was collecting on China's Cultural Revolution.  The Chinese government arrested and jailed Yongyi for stealing "state secrets."  Five months later after an international outcry, Yongyi was released.

It was the second time Prof. Yongyi had been thrown in jail in China.  He spent five years behind bars in his early 20s for belonging to a "counter-revolutionary clique" according to the South China Morning Post.

Today, Yongyi teaches at California State University and is considered an expert on China's government, Cultural Revolution, and human rights.


Professor Yongyi Song

Also, there doesn't appear to be an end in sight to the federal government shutdown.  Since it began more than a week ago, we're hearing more stories of how ordinary Americans and institutions are being affected.

Dr. Mark Price, a labor economist with the left leaning Keystone Research Center, joins us Thursday to explain how Pennsylvania's economy is being impacted.


Mark Price

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-10 08:50

    Troy emails a story of a midstate resident being affected by the shutdown.

    My neighbor's husband is currently trying to get his permanent residence status so he can retire, and he retire until he is granted it. He was given asylum in the US from Nicaragua in the 80's. He has now been told that he needs to get three more things in the next three months to get his permanent residence status or be deported.

    One had to do with any arrest records which is completed. A second was shots he was never given after being granted asylum, which will end up costing between $100 - $480. The third is a copy of his birth certificate from Nicaragua.

    This last item is currently impossible due to the government shutdown as they were working through Senator Pat Toomey's office and he never had a copy of his birth certificate. He has no money coming in and is 73.

    The "inconveniences" are beginning to appear.