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The Chernobyl Podcast

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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. Chernobyl airs Mondays at 9 PM on HBO and Tuesdays at 9 PM on Sky Atlantic. The Chernobyl Podcast is also available to stream on HBO NOW and HBO GO starting Monday, May 6 at 10 PM.
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Open Wide, O Earth

Open Wide, O Earth

2019-05-2100:45:50

Peter Sagal and Craig Mazin discuss the third episode of Chernobyl. Lyudmilla Ignatenko (Jessie Buckley), a Pripyat resident, ignores warning about her firefighter husband’s (Adam Nagaitis) contamination; Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) lays out a decontamination plan, complete with human risks. On the podcast, Mazin breaks down how they filmed the divers scene with additional commentary from director Johan Renck. Sagal and Mazin talk about scenes that were left on the cutting room floor, how much of Jessie Buckley's actions mirror the real Lyudmilla Ignatenko's, and more.
Please Remain Calm

Please Remain Calm

2019-05-1400:47:25

Peter Sagal and Craig Mazin discuss the second episode of Chernobyl. With untold millions at risk after the explosion, nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson) makes a desperate attempt to reach Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) and warn him about the threat of a second explosion that could devastate the continent. Mazin sheds light on the real-life scientists who inspired the composite character Khomyuk and demystifies how nuclear radiation works. He also gives context about seemingly small details, like the poem being read on the radio, and we get more surprising answers from Sagal's "really?" questions.The Chernobyl Podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Media. Original music by Kaan Erbay. 
1:23:45

1:23:45

2019-05-0700:51:11

April 26, 1986, Ukrainian SSR. Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control a catastrophic 1986 explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant. Peter Sagal and Craig Mazin discuss these events and more behind the series premiere of Chernobyl. They talk about what drew Mazin to this story, and dig into when and why he deviated from what really happened.The Chernobyl Podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Media. Original music by Kaan Erbay. 
"The Chernobyl Podcast" is 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 as they discuss the true stories that shaped the scenes, themes and characters after each episode airs. The Chernobyl Podcast is available wherever you listen to podcasts, and you can stream it on HBO NOW and HBO GO starting Monday, May 6 at 10 PM."The Chernobyl Podcast" is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Media. Original music by Kaan Erbay.
Comments (28)

Robert Cook

why not Soviet bash really? lol

May 18th
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DA UNDERGROUND

LoL

May 18th
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Alejandro Dante

Incredible series!!! Im from Cuba and in here for years we had like a minor county dedicated just for some Chernobyl survivers near the beach with medical attention. Since my country is a soviet-alike system, I was very impressed with Craig Mazin approach; very realistic! Excelente cast, script and photography. Thanks Peter and Craig for the podcast, very immersive and instructive. Alejandro

May 18th
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Paul Perrea

0p

May 17th
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Ivan Baginskiy

it is a fascinating show...I'm very impressed how they revealed the idealism of the Soviet Union

May 15th
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Natalie Kay Mintz

I was only 12 when this happened, but I have some memories of all the news reports. What a devastating story. So horrific. It's hard to believe that something like this actually happened. This series is haunting.

May 15th
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Joe Hannon

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May 20th
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Matt A. Hirsch

What impressed me about the production is that it feels like the best kind of monster movie. These guys literally going into the mouth and belly of the beast, not knowing, yet at the same time knowing all too well what they’re getting into.

May 15th
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David Duez

I've always been fascinated by this story. I was in high school when it happened. It's really shaped my ideas about environmentalism. This is so well done. I love the idea of just getting to the explosion. This is too important to be "Sunday Night Movie of the Week" on ABC, like when I grew up with "The Day After".

May 15th
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Anna Gary Smith

Great podcast, wonderful companion to the mini series.

May 14th
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Aetherflow

Very interesting to learn what happened, I was only 5 at the time. My Dad was stationed in Berlin, and we'd just moved overseas from The States about a month prior. Mom was a nervous wreck. She said she didnt go outside for 2 weeks, and kept me home from kindergarten because she was so scared.

May 14th
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Toni Diane

Fascinating! Just like the series.

May 14th
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Gaston Beyby

md riyad Salut

May 16th
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md riyad

Toni Diane Indeed a great show... Loved it😍

May 15th
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David P

What happened to the live chat Monday night at 10:30pm?

May 14th
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David P

Gaara Thank you.

May 14th
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Krzysztof

Great conversation, great show, thank you!

May 13th
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Scott

Much of happened in Pripyat was shielded from western eyes, so watching the show and listening to this podcast is both amazing and terrifying. If you enjoyed the show, this podcast will supply you with additional historical information and slight differences between the show and the real event discussed in detail. Hosts are great, content is great.

May 13th
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Malcolm

Get out of here stalker! great podcast.

May 12th
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Tyson Salley

This is a wild peace of history the people had no idea what was going on.. good work.

May 12th
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galile

The story is fascinating and horrifying, sad and almost unbelievable. Great job!

May 11th
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Shawn Ronakov

Well done!! Both the series and this podcast are excellent. Absolutely fascinating.

May 11th
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Caramelt

Just saw the first episode. I'm hooked. Most devastating tragedy.

May 10th
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Steven Phelps

Good stuff fellas!

May 10th
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