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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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Vichnaya Pamyat

Vichnaya Pamyat

2019-06-0400:47:23107

Peter Sagal and Craig Mazin discuss the fifth and final episode of Chernobyl. Valery Legasov (Jared Harris), Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) and Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson) risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl. On the podcast, Mazin exposes the truth about the finale. He compares the real show trial with the series's depiction, explaining where he took liberties and why. We’ll also hear from production designer Luke Hull about recreating the trial room. And finally, Sagal and Mazin talk about what’s happened since Chernobyl, and what they’ve taken away from this series.The Chernobyl Podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Media. Original music by Kaan Erbay. 
The Happiness of All Mankind

The Happiness of All Mankind

2019-05-2800:43:5395

Peter Sagal and Craig Mazin discuss the penultimate episode of Chernobyl. Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) and Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) consider using lunar rovers to remove radioactive debris, while Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson) faces government hurdles in determining the truth about the cause of the explosion. Sagal and Mazin go deep on the exclusion zone; from where they filmed it, to the first person accounts the rooftop cleanup is based on. And yes, they talk about the puppy scene. The Chernobyl Podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Media. Original music by Kaan Erbay. 
Open Wide, O Earth

Open Wide, O Earth

2019-05-2100:45:46114

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

2019-05-1400:47:22120

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

2019-05-0700:51:11163

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 (101)

Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings

It's astounding to me that after such a tragedy, I see naive fools make the same mistakes as the characters in the sense that they ignore the dangers and go back there to visit for YouTube views. I saw a couple people inches from items reading over 1000 on the Geiger counter and not worried. Arrogance and overconfidence were the downfall of man then, and I see that nothing has changed here in present day.

Jun 15th
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Anna Tuzova

Can you imagine that Russian communists' party official suggested banning those series as they 'demonise' the image of soviet people and soviet government? will it ever finish?

Jun 13th
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Allison Thomas

the courtroom scene where Legasov uses the blue and red cards to explain the sequence of disaster was brilliant. Ukrainian people, the world should never forget your heroic sacrifices for the greater good.

Jun 13th
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Allison Thomas

Riveting, horrifying, drama. a fantastic job by all involved and really enjoying the podcast. the Russian people have suffered hardships and horrors, through the years that we (hopefully) will never know. My daughter was born (UK) exactly 2 years following Chernobyl. Unfortunately she was born with her brain damaged. the consultant who diagnosed this said more babies were being born like this following chernobyl. I've never seen any chernobyl "follow up" research on humans only that sheep/agriculture were monitored. it's a terrible thing we've had to live with, with no answers. I often wonder if chernobyl was used as an easy excuse.

Jun 11th
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Валерия Ермакова

This bridge of death is legend, yes, many people stood there but nobody died from it.

Jun 10th
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Nicole Wetzel

Does anyone know the name of the book they talk about

Jun 10th
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Jason H

Nicole Wetzel Listening to this audio book now, it's really good. A lot of detail.

Jun 12th
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Morg Temp

Nicole Wetzel The book is called Voices From Chernobyl.

Jun 12th
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Stacy Silver

Thank you for the show and for the podcast. I appreciated that no extra drama was added and that the Russian people were characterised with compassion. I was very effected by both broadcasts. Thank you.

Jun 9th
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SPeed_FANat1c

fun thing you mentioned that you are surprised there was no cat food in soviet union. now lot of people buy cat food here but for me its still weird why people now buy cat food instead of giving some random food which is left after people eat, its kind of waste of money to buy cat food :)

Jun 9th
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SPeed_FANat1c

greetings from Lithuania. many people here talk about this show, will try to find time to watch it :) watched like 30 mins already.

Jun 9th
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Аня Нагорная

Thank you for the awesome work - podcast and series.

Jun 9th
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Melissa Watts

I want to say I'm surprised that it took till 2017 for them to build a containment area around it, but considering the whole thing was a giant shitshow from the beginning, I guess I'm not. This was an excellent series and set of podcasts. I would love to see/learn more about things like this in the future.

Jun 7th
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Radiofly Podcasts India

Melissa Watts they had built a containment unit earlier. the new one is on top of it

Jun 11th
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Hailey Winstone

Castbox incorrectly says this episode is 47 minutes long when it's only TWO 🤔

Jun 7th
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Lilly Goncalves

This show is absolutely amazing. i hope we see more like it. I was young when this happened and we knew it was bad but really had no idea how bad it really was. I appreciate getting to know the stories about the people involved. thank you so much...... standing ovation!!

Jun 6th
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Mehdi ALM

great job guys! I'm reading "voices of Chernobyl" these days and i would recommend viewers who liked the show to read this book. it tells the stories (the firefighter, old lady who refused to evacuate, etc) in a deeper individual level.

Jun 6th
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Johnny Blaze

at least the Russians did what needed to be done to stop and contain this disaster no cost to high,unlike the Japanese look at Fukushima 8 years and it's still not cleaned up it's a joke

Jun 6th
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Irina Zhdanova

I live in Russia in a region, that is still cosidered influenced by that catastrophe. And we haven't even been taught about it in school. We knew the reactor blew up. And that's literally all the info we were given. So I'd lake to thank (again) the creators of this show, who made people remember and reseach this incident, who made people speak, and ask questions, and truly think about the government that had ruled the USSR, and is ruling now. Because nothing has changed since then. The government is still lying to us about everything, and the main principle of doing things is still "the cheaper the better"

Jun 6th
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AIRBORNE HOAHH

Irina Zhdanova wal

Jun 13th
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Irina Zhdanova

Вася Уткин нет, на расстоянии более 700км, но тем не менее наша зона считается чернобыльской, государство ежемесячно выплачивает хоть и 500-рублевое,но пособие, плюс доп. неделя отпуска

Jun 10th
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Daniel McRae

Wonderful podcast and miniseries. I learned so much.

Jun 6th
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Jeremy Hansen

Amazing, all amazing! Thank you for the podcast and the show.

Jun 5th
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Dhaval Patel

Can you imagine if those people hadn't given their Iives and the truth never came out. Those other plants could have destroyed the whole continent, if not worse

Jun 5th
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Robert Roskey

excellent show and podcast, my only complaint is that it's over. This show made me realize how many people sacrificed themselves not only for their country but this could have been a world wide catastrophie had it not been managed by the many underlings while the big wigs did nothing but spew their bullshit from far away safety.

Jun 5th
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