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INDEPENDENT LENS : Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

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INLE 2109 Cooked Ep Main

Revisit the shocking and oft-forgotten impacts of a deadly heat wave that overtook Chicago in 1995.

  • Airdate(s): 2/12/2021, 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET
  • INLE #: 2109
  • Original Broadcast: 2/3/2020

Episode Description

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.


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  • "Cooked: Survival by Zip Code" Premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS Monday, February 3, 2020 on PBS and PBS.org

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