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Politics & Government

Stateside for Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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Lots of attention gets paid to helping students navigate what comes after their formal education, but on today's show we talked to one columnist who wonders if we're doing a disservice to our kids by steering them into today's jobs - jobs that might not be available in the future.

And, engineering students at the University of Michigan get real-world experience by designing apps and video games that help autistic children.

Also, we talk with an Ann Arbor musician who was inspired by poetry and art. And we talk about how to improve voter turnout in elections.

First up, we talk with U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI 14) about easing trade restrictions with foreign nations.

On the surface, it sounds like easing trade restrictions could present new opportunities and more business for American companies such as the Detroit Three automakers, but Peters is speaking out about his deep concerns about ongoing negotiations on a new multi-lateral trade agreement.

It's called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Congressman Peters believes letting Japan into the "Trans-Pacific Partnership" is courting real danger for U.S. auto companies.