A Nuclear Hotseat SPECIAL
on the Human and Genetic Impact of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
This Week’s Featured Interviews:
Bonnie Kouneva, Chernobyl Survivor. She was a 16-year old living in Sofia, Bulgaria, about 800 miles away from Chernobyl, when the accident started on April 26, 1986. She talks about the impact on her life and the health of her children. This former mountaineer and Greenpeace member currently lives in the United States.
Dr. Timothy Mousseau is an evolutionary biologist and faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Beginning in 1999, Professor Mousseau and his collaborators have explored the ecological, genetic and evolutionary consequences of low-dose radiation in populations of plants, animals and people inhabiting the Chernobyl region of Ukraine and Belarus. Full interview here.
Ryuichi Hirokawa was the first non-Soviet photojournalist to document the Chernobyl disaster. The website on his humanitarian aid work with the children of Fukushima, based upon his experiences at Chernobyl, is at: kuminosato.net