Reporting on Chernobyl, 25 Years Later

BY Jenny Marder  March 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM EDT



As the world’s attention remains transfixed on the crippled nuclear reactors in Japan, Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien approaches nuclear energy from another side of the world: the Ukraine, which suffered its own disaster nearly 25 years ago.

The Chernobyl accident occurred on April 26, 1986. With the anniversary of that date approaching, Miles has spent the last week surveying the situation there. He visited what remains of the nuclear plant, along with homes and forests that surround it. He stopped by a local children’s hospital, and spoke with doctors, physicists and radiation workers, as well biologists studying fruit flies and barn swallows from the Chernobyl region.

He joined us on Friday from a balcony in Kiev.

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