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Stateside: Dangerous dogs in Detroit; helping homeless students; tying tech profits to philanthropy

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Mihaly Koles
There are more than 36,000 students in Michigan who don't have a home, according to the latest data.


Today on Stateside, a vicious dog attack leaves Detroit residents wondering whether the city has the ability to control dangerous animals. Plus, a film festival honors the history of a West Michigan town that was once a vacation spot for black families.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Fatal mauling in Detroit spurs questions about city’s ability to control dangerous dogs

Stateside’s conversation with Nolan Finley and Theresa Sumpter

  • Three pit bulls mauled nine-year-old Emma Hernandez to death this week as she rode her bike near her family's home in Detroit. The owner is facing criminal charges for the attack. Nolan Finley of the Detroit News is calling for a sweep of the city and a crackdown on dangerous dogs and careless owners. Theresa Sumpter is the director and founder of the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue. She says that the issue of dangerous dogs need to be addressed, but that the city's inaction has more to do with the attack than the breed of the dogs. 

Ragatz: Helping homeless students requires systematic change 

Stateside’s conversation with Matinga Ragatz

  • As kids across Michigan prepare to go back to school, let's turn to the students who might be trying to do homework at a shelter or couch-surfing at somebody's house. There are more than 36,000 students in Michigan who don't have a home, according to the latest data. Stateside's education commentator Matinga Ragatz discusses how schools and teachers are working to help kids learn while they are facing homelessness. 


Historic African-American resort town hosts international festival highlighting women filmmakers

Stateside’s conversation with Tinisha Brugnone

  • The small Northwest Michigan town Idlewild was once the place where black families could enjoy a vacation free from the constraints of racist segregation. Filmmaker Tinisha Brugnone is putting the spotlight back on Idlewild with an international film festival, highlighting women filmmakers, set for August 23rd to August 25th.

In the 1930s, Gaylord native helped lay a foundation for modern computing

Stateside’s conversation with Mark Harvey

  • Exactly who invented the internet and the personal computer are still up for debate. But did you know one of the founding fathers of computing was a Michigander? Gaylord-native Claude Shannon's work on "information theory" helped lay the foundation for the technology we now use every day. State Archivist with the Michigan History Center, Mark Harvey teaches us about Michigan's computing pioneer.

Some Ann Arbor tech companies want to tie company profits to community success 

Stateside’s conversation with Dug Song and Neel Hajra

  • If you're a promising and successful tech start-up, you owe it to your community to give back. Dug Song is the co-founder of Duo Security, and recently launched the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund to encourage other tech entrepreneurs in Washtenaw County to give back. Neel Hajra is the president of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, which will be managing the fund. We talk to them about how the fund works, and about getting more tech company founders and employees involved in local philanthropy. 

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