I don't bother with podcasts, but I'm considering making an exception for this. Is it available on the HBO website?
Apparently it's become popular with tourists to visit the exclusion zone, and the series has increased that popularity. Not my cuppa, though.
To be fair, that "single bureaucrat" was the director of the KGB.
Wasn't the bullet analogy part of Legasov's explanation of how the reactor work? That the atoms of uranium were like bullets shooting around in the core?
She would've been dealing with his bodily fluids. She complained to the nurse/doctor (not sure which) about him needing his bedding and undergarments changed a lot due to bodily functions (to put it delicately), and since the staff was busy elsewhere, I'd assume she was doing it.