A Doctor and a Nuclear Engineer Watch HBO’s ‘Chernobyl.’ Here’s The Lesson.
HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl brings viewers to Chernobyl, in what was then Soviet Ukraine, in 1986. The show, which depicts one of humanity’s biggest nuclear disasters, comes to an end on Monday night when its final episode airs. Even as it takes viewers back over three decades in history, Chernobyl also prompts reflection about the state of nuclear energy today. Among those who have been following the miniseries are Dan Hryhorczuk and Arnie Gundersen. Hryhorczuk is emeritus professor and director of the Global Environmental Health program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has served as a consultant to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health regarding the lasting medical effects of the Chernobyl disaster. Gundersen is a former nuclear industry executive and engineer who now runs Fairwinds Energy Education. Both join Worldview to help us understand the lasting lessons of Chernobyl. We also hear from some residents of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, who fled Chernobyl after the disaster, and take listener calls.