Phoenix — America's hottest and fastest-growing big city — is on the frontlines in the fight against drought, extreme heat, and wildfire. We bring you stories of how these global problems affect real Arizonans, and what is being done to solve them.

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InHospitable Episode 1: Heat

Michael Smith
Michael Smith, 64, ended up without a home when medical issues prevented him from working and a friend he lived with moved. He said he experienced heat stroke "three or four times" last summer, his first in Phoenix without a home.

In Phoenix, the temperature is climbing and heat deaths are rising. Hear from the people most vulnerable to heat (elderly and homeless) and the experts fighting to help them. Plus, meet neighborhood activists who reveal how heat exposes systemic inequality and learn what heat-beating innovations are on the horizon.

Anthony J. Wallace
Anthony J. Wallace