Updated Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:15 am
Wednesday, August 7 • 8 p.m.
What happens to nature after a nuclear accident, and how does wildlife cope with the world it inherits after the human inhabitants have fled? That is the provocative subject of Radioactive Wolves.
The show will examine the health of wildlife populations in Chernobyl’s exclusion
zone, the area around the reactor that remains too dangerously radioactive for human habitation 25 years after the meltdown of the nuclear power plant on April 26th, 1986. Focusing on the status of the native wolf population as an indicator of the effects of radioactivity across all of the contaminated countryside, scientists are piecing together a picture of the entire surviving ecosystem. This portrait of wildlife in the so-called “dead zone” provides a surprising “what if?” window into an apocalyptic future that exists today.