Hot Time in the Old Town

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This summer’s heat may have given us something to gripe about, but it pales in comparison to what New Yorkers suffered through in August of 1896. A 10-day heat wave claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people in Manhattan alone. One local newspaper described the city as “an inferno of brick and stone."  Joining us this week to talk about this largely forgotten natural disaster in U-S history is Edward Kohn.  He’s the author of a new book called Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt.

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