The second story on Chernobyl is the better of the two on offer in the first episode.
After the Kill
Over two million Americans, Australians and other Allied forces have served in Iraq and Afghanistan – that’s a generation who have lived through the horror of war. One in six return home with post-traumatic stress syndrome: they don’t sleep, they can’t hold down jobs and they can’t maintain relationships.
This year, for the first time, suicides eclipsed war deaths for Allied troops, and one US veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes.
How do you learn to be a killing machine and then return to the quiet, peace and calm of normal life?
Hamish Macdonald travels to Arizona, meeting some returning soldiers to find out if they are coping with life back home.
Back home in the US and running a sniper training school, Jesse Johnson is a former ranger sniper who has been on over 300 missions. Immersing himself in Jesse’s world, Hamish learns to shoot, hears about the close bond soldiers form, and takes an unexpected trip to a beauty salon for a pedicure.
You may think the Ukraine’s Chernobyl reactor meltdown over 25 years ago, was, and still is a huge threat to human life. But something we live with and take for granted every single day, urban air pollution, is a much bigger threat. Approximately 30,000 people died as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, and while the accident was horrific, what about the damage we accept every day? Globally, 1.2 million people die from urban air pollution every year.
Hamish travels to the Ukraine to discover the bizarre world inside a nuclear disaster zone. He tours the plant, meets Chernobyl workers, and goes in search of families who are still living illegally near the old reactor. Just a few kilometres from where explosions blew off the roof off reactor four, locals now hold Sunday picnics, water-ski and even get married.
8:30pm Monday June 3 on TEN.