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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. 

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Comments (44)

Matt Spiers

Leave it to someone from NPR to try and make a horrible tragedy from decades ago about President Trump. Pathetic.

Mar 21st
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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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Leandro- Sáude na linha

amazing,good job.

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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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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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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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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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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thetakeover51

Talking about the people who are walking around today, that were affected by this hit me. One of my mum's uni friends was in the Red army at the time of the explosion, and he was one of the first people on the scene after everyone realised in what deep trouble they'd found themselves in. Needless to say he's suffering from health problems as a result and the fact that a lot of his life has been marred by lies and ignorance on behalf the СССР is deeply saddening and disturbing. I love this podcast, it's making it seem more real and relavent, which is essential for truth seekers and the general public.

May 29th
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KRUT

dousn't everythink true in this serial !

May 29th
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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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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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Michal Segal

Watching Citizen X now

May 23rd
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Namon Anderson

I love the show and this podcast.

May 21st
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Robert Cook

why not Soviet bash really? lol

May 18th
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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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