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New Documentary Explores 1995 Chicago Heat Wave

In Cooked: Survival by Zip Code, filmmaker Judith Helfand argues that the term “disaster” needs to be redefined. The new documentary explores the 1995 Chicago heat wave that claimed more than 700 lives — mostly on the city’s South and West Sides. Helfand directed and produced the film, which is based on the book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. She joins the Morning Shift to talk about her investigation into the residents who died during the 1995 heat wave and how city officials responded at the time.

GUEST: Judith Helfand, director and producer of Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

LEARN MORE: ”Cooked” will run at the Gene Siskel Film Center from July 12 to July 25. For tickets, visit

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