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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Vichnaya Pamyat

Vichnaya Pamyat

2019-06-0447:11209

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Open Wide, O Earth

Open Wide, O Earth

2019-05-2145:46183

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Please Remain Calm

Please Remain Calm

2019-05-1447:20212

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1:23:45

1:23:45

2019-05-0751:11303

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Comments (164)

Ryan

Beautifully shot, acted and written. I am on my third viewing. Attention to detail is brilliant on every level!

Jul 7th
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David Kraft

Peter Sagals lack of self awareness makes his coming realization of his own participation in the state corruption more delicious.

Jul 6th
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Артур

о Чернобыле и не на русском, убийственно странно!

May 17th
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Aaron Britton

Easily one of the best mini-series I've ever seen. This podcast is a great companion piece.

Feb 25th
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Gina-Marie Cheeseman

As an Armenian, I was thrilled to see an Armenian character. Armenians are typically portrayed in a negative light on television shows but he was different. He was just a soldier doing his job.

Jan 24th
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Daniel Jales Reis

Great podcast. Thank you. Just a remark: It's pronounced Chernobyl and not Tcharnoubal

Oct 1st
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Wojtek W

Hello All. Do you know, is there somewhere a transcription for these postcasts?

Sep 2nd
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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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Stevee Moore

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

Aug 18th
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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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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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Teresa Stephens

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

Jul 24th
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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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Seamus Lennon

fantastic podcast well done to all involved 👍

Jun 18th
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