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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

2019-05-2100:45:508

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

2019-05-1400:47:228

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

2019-05-0700:51:1116

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 (37)

Josh W

Having a discussion about the episode and it's connection to the historical aspects is a great idea

May 25th
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Paul Rhine

I do not have access to HBO but I enjoyed this discussion of the people and events that occurred during the Chernobyl Disaster.

May 23rd
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Brian Eugene Bergin

the explosiondid not happen because of a safety accident it was a production accident they were trying to maximize the electricity produced after a reactor trip as opposed to just turning the turbine off. as a result the reactor moderator cause a increase in reactor power and the control rods were poorly designed and they had a positive reactivity tip so when they inserted it caused a reactor power increase initially.

May 23rd
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Felicia DeLappi

I remember when this happened. A good friend of mine is from that area, and hadn't been here for very long. I sat with her for hours while she tried to call overseas to tell her friends not to eat the vegetables in the markets or drink the water. They had cut off all the international phone lines, and there were no satellite phones then. She never got through.

May 23rd
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Nailya Shamgunova

Such an amazing podcast and show! In an age when most Russian speakers are represented in western media as prostitutes, spies or both, its so refreshing to see such a nuanced, sensitive and well-researched portrayal!

May 23rd
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Michal Segal

Watching Citizen X now

May 23rd
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Razvan R

thanks

May 22nd
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Namon Anderson

I love the show and this podcast.

May 21st
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Illia

Awesome podcast. Very accurate. Greetings from Ukraine

May 21st
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Clement George

Great series.

May 21st
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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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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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