The Chernobyl Podcast
The official podcast of the miniseries Chernobyl, from HBO and Sky. Join host Peter Sagal (NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!”) and series creator, writer and executive producer Craig Mazin after each episode as they discuss the true stories that shaped the scenes, themes and characters.
Great podcast to listen to once you’ve watched the HBO series. The author explains the narrative choices he had to make and how much/when the series departs from what actually happened.
The recent TV miniseries ‘Chernobyl’ has stirred up debate online about the accuracy of its portrayal of the explosion at a nuclear power plant in the former Soviet state of Ukraine. We fact-check the programme and try and explain why it so hard to say how many people will die because of the Chernobyl disaster.
2) Is nuclear power actually safer than you think?
We questioned the death count of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in last week’s More or Less podcast. In the end, Professor Jim Smith of Portsmouth University came up with an estimate of 15,000 deaths.
But we wondered how deadly nuclear power is overall when compared to other energy sources? Dr Hannah Ritchie of the University of Oxford joins Charlotte McDonald to explore.
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A United Ukraine, in Photographs
By James Estrin
“I worked really hard and I tried to repeat the pictures of different photographers, but I found that uninteresting,” he said. “So I started to find my own photography.”
Unfortunately, his bosses thought his “photos were too artistic” and fired him. Yet, the very day he had to return his camera gear, he learned he had won the Pikto competition and was awarded an exhibit in Canada.
Freed from having to make pictures that were mere illustrations, he started documenting the people who still lived near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. Over the next four years he made relationships, gained access — even staying in a house that was inside the excluded zone. The photos are a personal view of the nuclear disaster’s effects on nature and on people.
As he was finishing the #Chernobyl project he realized that it was just the end of a single chapter in what would become his magnum opus — a three-part study of Ukraine, which has been riven by conflict over Crimea, among other things.
“I wanted to talk about not just Chernobyl but all of the Ukraine, and so I had to photograph the whole country,” he said. “We have huge economic, environmental and political crises in #Ukraine. The war in eastern Ukraine is just a consequence of everything that has happened in the whole period of independence in Ukraine.”...