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“Chernobyl” Episode 5

February 4, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The final episode of “Chernobyl,” a five-part miniseries which dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, is screened. In the episode, “Vichnaya Pamyat,” Legasov, Shcherbina and Khomyuk risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl. 1 hour, 11 minutes.

Following the final episode screening of the “Chernobyl” mini-series, Dr. Robert Goldston, Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University, will answer questions and lead a discussion about the accuracies and inaccuracies of the mini-series, as well as lessons from Chernobyl (and Fukushima) for nuclear power in the future. Professor Goldston teaches the course “The Science of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion,” at Princeton University.

The series is a co-production from HBO and Sky.

Full screening details:

Tuesday, Jan. 7
Episode 1 – “1:23:45”
Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control the explosion. 1 hour, 2 minutes.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
Episode 2 – “Please Remain Calm”
With millions at risk after the explosion, Ulana Khomyuk tries to warn Legasov about a second threat. 1 hour, 9 minutes.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Episode 3 – “Open Wide, O Earth”
Lyudmilla ignores warnings about her firefighter husband’s contamination; Legasov lays out a decontamination plan, complete with human risks. 1 hour, 5 minutes.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
Episode 4 – “The Happiness of All Mankind”
Legasov and Shcherbina consider using lunar rovers to remove radioactive debris, while Khomyuk faces government hurdles in determining the truth about the cause of the explosion. 1 hour, 4 minutes.

Tuesday, Feb. 4
Episode 5 – “Vichnaya Pamyat”
Legasov, Shcherbina and Khomyuk risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl. 1 hour, 11 minutes.


Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


February 4, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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