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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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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.

    Introducing The Official Watchmen Podcast

    Introducing The Official Watchmen Podcast

    Search for "The Official Watchmen Podcast" to listen to this new podcast, hosted by Craig Mazin. Here's an excerpt from the podcast premiere, where Mazin sits down with Watchmen writer and executive producer Damon Lindelof to talk about episodes one, two, and three. Make sure to watch the first three episodes of Watchmen to avoid spoilers before listening to the premiere. Watchmen airs Sundays at 9 PM on HBO. This podcast will return after episode six of the series. The Official Watchmen Podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.

    Need a refresher on the graphic novel? Here’s a video that summarizes it in less than two minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLkKWeCS4xU

    • 11 min
    Bonus Episode with Jared Harris

    Bonus Episode with Jared Harris

    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

    • 50 min
    Vichnaya Pamyat

    Vichnaya Pamyat

    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. 

    • 47 min
    The Happiness of All Mankind

    The Happiness of All Mankind

    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. 

    • 43 min
    Open Wide, O Earth

    Open Wide, O Earth

    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.

    • 45 min
    Please Remain Calm

    Please Remain Calm

    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. 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

FSEngineer ,

Absolutely brilliant

This is a tremendous podcast, a perfect complement to the excellent TV show, and a wonderful and respectful contribution to wider understanding of what happened at Chernobyl. The podcast includes lots of interesting discussion between the engaging hosts, and plenty of new facts and information not included in the show. It’s a real testament to the creator and the sheer amount of research that went into making Chernobyl.

Levi.D ,

Absolutely Brilliant...

To be interested so much in Chernobyl; from doing research myself when I was younger to now have HBO/Sky drop an exquisite mini series that left me wanting more plus the Podcast?! I can’t stop watching or listening to either because it’s so informative about the series of events that occurred before, during & after. Not to mention, the innate lessons you learn on life and the human condition from both the mini series and podcast.🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

bullettrain ,

Don’t get it?

It all seems a bit far fetched?
There’s a massive hole in the story as the power plant has conveniently blown up for the sake of the plot but no one knows why? As if!

It’s like prisoner cell block H but without the occasional riot.

It’s far from ‘woke’, where are the LGBTQ characters? What about their perspective? The BME experience seems to have been eased from history!

As for the costumes did they get these from oxfam? Or was Jarvis cocker in charge of the stylings?

No it’s hardly breaking bad and it’s not even Heart beat!

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