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