Cautionary Tales – Chicago when it sizzles


July 1995. A dangerous warmth wave gripped Chicago – bridges buckled; the ability grids failed; and the morgue ran out of house – however some neighbourhoods noticed extra deaths than others. After all, richer and leafier districts suffered much less, however deficient puts the place social interplay used to be tough and loneliness an issue have been hit toughest of all.   

Does the Chicago warmth wave educate us that during coping with local weather alternate we wish to believe now not simply bodily infrastructure, however social infrastructure too?  

Cautionary Stories is written by way of me, Tim Harford, with Andrew Wright. It's produced by way of Ryan Dilley, with fortify from Courtney Guarino and Emily Vaughn.

The sound design and authentic tune is the paintings of Pascal Wyse. Julia Barton edited the scripts.

Due to the crew at Pushkin Industries, together with Mia Lobel, Jacob Weisberg, Heather Fain, Jon Schnaars, Carly Migliori, Eric Sandler, Emily Rostek, Royston Beserve, Maggie Taylor, Nicole Morano, Daniella Lakhan and Maya Koenig.

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Additional studying and listening

Eric Klinenberg Warmth Wave

Mike Thomas “Chicago’s Fatal 1995 Warmth Wave: An Oral Historical past.” Chicago Mag

Judy Pasternak “Warmth Wave’s Ultimate Bankruptcy is Chilly, Lonely” LA Instances, 26 August 1995

Jane Jacobs Darkish Age Forward

Mike Thomas “Chicago’s Fatal 1995 Warmth Wave: An Oral Historical past.” Chicago Mag

Mike Royko ”KILLER HEAT WAVE OR A MEDIA EVENT?” Chicago Tribune 18 July 1995

Malcolm Gladwell “Political Warmth” The New Yorker 4 August 2002

Kopp, Buzan and Huber “The Fatal Aggregate of Warmth and Humidity” The New York Instances 7 June 2015

Alexandra Witze “Racism is magnifying the fatal have an effect on of emerging town warmthNature Bastille Day 2021