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Science for the People

This week we’re look­ing back at a man-made dis­as­ter that changed the world: the Cher­nobyl melt­down. We take a clos­er look at all the con­tribut­ing fac­tors that lead the No 4 reac­tor at Cher­nobyl to explode and how the Sovi­et Union’s polit­i­cal, sci­en­tif­ic, and admin­is­tra­tive cul­ture at the time con­tributed to the dis­as­ter. And we’ll look at the fall­out, the logis­tics of try­ing to clean up a radioac­tive acci­dent where five min­utes in the wrong area will lit­er­al­ly kill you, and the long-tail dis­as­ter recov­ery efforts.