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October 03, 2013

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Photo: The abandoned city of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine.
The abandoned city of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine.
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Rory Carnegie

The Enchanted Post-Apocalyptic Forest Of Chernobyl

When the writer Henry Shukman first heard about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, he was intrigued that even though it had been the site of a nuclear reactor disaster, it was Europe's largest wildlife refuge. For more than 25 years, only a few humans have been allowed to enter the 1,600 square miles of land around the nuclear reactor there. But Shukman tells host Dick Gordon about a family who returned to the exclusion zone. They and others who have done the same are known as "resettlers." The original version of this story aired May 19, 2011. The original version of this story aired March 12, 2012.

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