Popular Culture and Radiation

This category covers radiation in the media, e.g., HBO's Chernobyl, Pandora's Box, etc. Did you see a mention of radiation in the media and want to know if it is scientifically accurate? Check out these Q&A's! Don't see your favorite show here yet? Ask a question!

HPS Monitoring Situation in Ukraine

The Health Physics Society (HPS) continues to monitor the situation in Ukraine with concern for the safety of civilians and for the nation's nuclear power stations.

HPS is the home for specialists in radiation safety. Our "Ask the Experts" website has received an influx of questions from around the world regarding nuclear accidents.

Please monitor IAEA.org for updates regarding the nuclear or radiological conditions in Ukraine and HPS.org/publicinformation/ate for general questions and answers regarding radiation.


FAQs Developed by the HPS

The following FAQs have been developed by our topic editors for this category:

  HPS FAQ   Chernobyl: 33 Years Later
  HPS FAQ   The Fukushima Accident

Relevant HPS Web Pages

The following HPS Web pages also address this category:

  PDF   Radioactivity in the Media: Critiquing Bosch Season 6
  HTML page   Review: Lindell’s The History of Radiation, Radioactivity, and Radiological Protection
  HTML page   Review: Radioactive (Amazon Prime)
  PDF   Rolling Stones TENORM Response

Questions Answered by HPS Experts

The following health physics questions have been answered by an expert and approved by our editors for inclusion in our "Ask the Experts" feature. Click on the question to see the answer.

Q12594   –   John Wayne and Cancer from Radioactive Dust
Q12840   –   Did uranium ore at Grand Canyon harm visitors?
Q13028   –   Chernobyl: Fact vs Fiction
Q13523   –   "The West Wing" Season 7 Episode 12: Loss of Coolant Accident
Q13539   –   Vaseline glass and art

Other Useful Websites

The following websites may also be useful:

  External website   "Fast-Checking Amazon's New Season of Bosch"—American Nuclear Society
  External website   Melodrama Trumps Science in Radioactive Portrayal of Marie Curie—American Nuclear Society