The Cost of Lies, Brittle Science, & the Free Speech Paradox
In the opening episode of HBOs Chernobyl a crackly voice cuts through, backdropped by a series of dim, domestic scenes. The voice belongs to none other than Professor Valery Legasov who spearheaded the scientific inquiry into the Soviet Union’s 1986 nuclear disaster.
His grim musings flow from an initial question:
“What is the cost of…