In this episode, we figured out how an RBMK reactor explodes by watching the hit HBO show Chernobyl. What caused the nuclear power plant disaster? How did the Soviet leadership and the Russian people respond to the crisis? If vodka is really such a powerful medicinal wonder, can it be covered by your health care insurance? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and special guests Meghan McCall (@Nuclear_Ginger_) and Geoff Wilson (@NuclearWilson) answer these questions and more.
Our special guests also have excellent podcasts on nuke topics to enjoy:
-Meghan McCall's Press the Button
-Geoff Wilson's Nukes of Hazard
Before we hug our dogs closer than normal, we recommend checking out:
-Chernobyl, Podcast by Craig Mazin and Peter Segal
-Chernobyl VR Project, The Farm 51
-The China Syndrome, 1979 movie
-Adam Higginbotham, Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster, 2019
-Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, 2006
-David McMillan and David Baillargeon, David McMillan: Growth and Decay: Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, 2019
-Pandora’s Promise, 2013 documentary
-Eric Schlosser, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, 2014
-Metro video game series
Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube.