Chernobyl #525

May 31, 2019

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. We are joined by Adam Higginbotham, author of the new best selling book "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster".


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Adam Higginbotham

Adam Higginbotham's narrative non-fiction and feature writing has appeared in magazines including GQ, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author the book "Midnight In Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster". The former US correspondent for "The Sunday Telegraph Magazine" and editor-in-chief of "The Face", he lives with his family in New York City.