Independent Lens "Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code"

1995 Heat Death and Poverty Map. Credit: Courtesy of City of Chicago, Department of Public Health.
1995 Heat Death and Poverty Map. Credit: Courtesy of City of Chicago, Department of Public Health.

Cooked: Survival By Zip Code

Learn the story of a heat wave that overtook Chicago in July 1995, killing 739 residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American. The heat wave revealed a long-term crisis of poverty, racism, and economic and social isolation in the city.

Rating: 
TVPG
Length: 
56 minutes
Closed Caption: 
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