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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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Peter Sagal and Craig Mazin are back for a special bonus episode. They’re joined by actor Jared Harris (Valery Legasov) to discuss filming Chernobyl, Harris’s experience portraying Legasov and the global reaction to the miniseries.  The Chernobyl Podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Media. Original music by Kaan Erbay
Vichnaya Pamyat

Vichnaya Pamyat

2019-06-0400:47:23183

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

2019-05-2800:43:53157

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

2019-05-2100:45:46158

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

2019-05-1400:47:22181

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

2019-05-0700:51:11260

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 (149)

Mehrab Bin Tarek

omg! such a wonderful surprise!! 😍

Aug 23rd
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Leandro- Sáude na linha

amazing,good job.

Aug 19th
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Felix Bart

Leandro- Sáude na linha Great~

Aug 20th
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Stevee Moore

Maybe another bonus podcast around Emmy time? A girl can dream.

Aug 18th
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Joanna Francis

Stevee Moore haha, hopefully

Aug 19th
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Nikronic

This blows my mind "if you gonna believe the core has been exploded, you are a dead man now, no matter what you do! ". Just put yourself in that circumstances and you really need someone who is a true leader to guide you. I hope, a disaster like that never happens again to anyone wherever they live.

Aug 17th
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Chris Lehman

Love this bonus episode!!!! would love more surprise bonus episodes!!!

Aug 15th
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Fion Lewis

Chris Lehman Me too!! love the bonus episode!!

Aug 16th
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Michael Klas

fascinating podcast and so well presented. thank you

Aug 13th
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Stefaan Gruyaert

Still

Aug 9th
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Justin Olson

v

Jul 25th
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Owen Jenkins

Justin Olson v

Jul 26th
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Teresa Stephens

A truly fascinating real life story, well done on the production. scarier than a horror flick.

Jul 24th
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Lars Wood

Teresa Stephens Well produced!

Jul 25th
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Cover Time

such an amazing podcast #greenmonkey

Jul 2nd
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Nick Hal

Read the original book that the show is based on. It's called Chernobyl Prayer, by Svetlana Alexievich. It's a stunning testimony and worthy of your time.

Jun 30th
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Jonathan Roseland

Did this TV show convince you to be against nuclear power?

Jun 27th
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buffaloguy1991

Nick Hal same as uranium it's just that thorium waste has a half-life of only a couple hundred years instead of uranium which has a half-life in the thousands

Jul 20th
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Nick Hal

buffaloguy1991 What do you do with the waste??

Jul 20th
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Seamus Lennon

fantastic podcast well done to all involved 👍

Jun 18th
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Christine Womman

is this series available on Netflix?

Jun 18th
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Christine Womman

Tom Majewski Bummer dude!

Jun 18th
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Tom Majewski

Christine Womman nope is a HBO series

Jun 18th
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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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Tony Stefani

Валерия Ермакова The producers made sure to point out all the other areas that they embellished the story. why leave that one in? For instance, compressing all the scientists into one character (Ulana). Why would they say everyone that stood on the bridge died if they didnt have evidence confirming it. Read Svetlana Alexievich's book, "Chernobyl Preyer" also titled "Stories from Chernobyl".

Aug 13th
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Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings

Mike Christopher They clearly stated in this podcast that the bridge deaths were real. They believe up to millions of people died. Why would it be so hard to believe that a bridge so close to ground zero would result in dead people? Seems like a very bizzarre thing to argue against. And just because someone is Russian or Ukrainian doesn't mean they are informed or correct. I'm from the UK, does that mean people in the USA who study the UK and its historic events automatically know less than me because I live here? Of course not. Do you see where your logic does not hold up?

Aug 5th
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Nicole Wetzel

Does anyone know the name of the book they talk about

Jun 10th
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Devanshu Bhalla

Nicole Wetzel you can download it from archive.org

Jun 19th
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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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