Chernobyl Doctor Fact Checks the HBO Series | Vanity Fair

Sep 20, 2019 20:52

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Ukrainian medical responder and radiation expert Alla Shaprio reviews the validity of the HBO series "Chernobyl." Alla shares some real-life on-site experiences to explain whether clips from the series are true to what actually happened on April 26th, 1986 and the days that followed ( Read more... )

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scriptedending September 20 2019, 19:21:16 UTC
Just FYI, they start off with one of the more graphic clips, so prepare yourself!

Not gonna watch the whole thing bc ugh, but even if nothing about the makeup was realistic, it still grossed me tf out.

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thebadunkadunk September 20 2019, 19:55:07 UTC
Thank you for the warning!

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bossm September 20 2019, 19:28:27 UTC
The series had a really big effect on me. The tragedy is so sad.

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devoida_taste September 20 2019, 19:31:16 UTC
I might have to start this On Demand this weekend. Is it good?

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carolinalily September 20 2019, 19:43:06 UTC
It's brilliant story telling. It's probably the most comprehensive re-telling of this event that I'm aware of. There were some fictional liberties taken, some consolidation of real people into one role, etc. But it tries to stay pretty aligned with the event.

What is even more scary is that... it happened again recently (!) not only with a nuclear reactor event, but also an explosion at a research center with the largest collection of ebola and smallpox was contained. All the glass was shattered but Russia said thisisfine.gif

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mspopstar September 20 2019, 19:53:00 UTC
So when are we finally fucking off this planet?

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devoida_taste September 20 2019, 19:56:51 UTC
I'm going to give it a shot. I love abandoned places, so Pripyat (sp?) is so interesting to me.

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irajaxon September 20 2019, 19:41:23 UTC
while in grad school i was part of a radiochemistry program and let me tell you, the depiction of radiation poisoning done here were more impactful than all the books i read and rad safety training i did. especially the parts with the firefighters and roof clean up.

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thebadunkadunk September 20 2019, 19:44:42 UTC
She sounds like a badass, I will have to bookmark this for later

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thebadunkadunk September 20 2019, 19:54:13 UTC
Honestly nothing but respect for doctors from other countries who manage to come here and also be doctors. I know so many of my mom’s friends who are doctors or have advanced degrees but their language skills hindered them from an equivalent job here even though they have most of the knowledge. My neighbors are both from China but got their medical degrees in Japan and when they got to the US the husband became a doctor here but the wife was like “I studied in two languages already, I can’t do this anymore.”

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subomie September 20 2019, 21:37:44 UTC
Seriously... My brother's neurologist came from Bosnia and ended up not being qualified here in Canada at all, so he had to start his education almost from scratch... like, even his undergrad didn't fully transfer over so I think he did a year of undergrad before med school and then getting his specializations again. I couldn't imagine doing that.

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lurkurheartout September 20 2019, 21:41:51 UTC
Truly! Doctor Mike, that hot instagram doctor, his family is originally from Russia and when they came to America his father who was a doctor in Russia pretty much had to start from scratch when he got here and I can't imagine having to do that when you have so many years of education under your belt.

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