Sweating the Coverage

Friday, July 29, 2005


Ten years ago this month, a pocket of hot air settled over Chicago. By the end of the week, 739 people had succumbed to the heat. And yet, the Chicago heat wave of '95 remains one of the most overlooked disasters in American history. Why do heat waves get so little attention, even though they kill more people than all other natural disasters in the country combined? Bob gets some answers from Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.

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