"THE FIRE UNLEASHED," Thursday 8-11 p.m. (7) (3) (10) (42)--ABC News, which last fall took over three hours of the prime-time schedule to report on the perilous state of public education in the United States, again preempts a full night of entertainment to examine an even more imposing subject: the possible annihilation of the planet.
Forty years ago, scientists discovered the power of the atom and, in so doing, ushered an unsuspecting human race into the nuclear age. The point of this three-hour program is to look at where that monumental discovery has led us--both in terms of the benefits that it has brought and the life-threatening dilemmas that it has raised.
"The Fire Unleashed" will focus on four areas: nuclear weapons, the controversial Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), nuclear power plants and nuclear waste.
ABC plans to report on the aftereffects of the near-disaster at Three Mile Island, on the growing dangers posed by nuclear waste and the failure of the United States to develop a national policy to deal with it, on the possibility that terrorists or Third World countries could build or obtain a nuclear bomb and on the Reagan Administration's proposal to construct a nuclear defense system in outer space.