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Screens: TV the week of Jan. 28

The Day After (3 p.m. Sunday, Sci Fi Channel) -- What with Jericho still on the shelf for another month, anybody in need of a nuclear-holocaust-in-Kansas fix can check out this made-for-TV movie that not only drew an audience of 100 million but also touched off a national policy debate about freezing the production of nuclear weapons when it was originally telecast in 1983. With its scenes of incinerated cities and hideously disfigured radiation-burn victims, The Day After is considerably more sobering than Jericho. Not to mention that Jason Robards wasn't nearly as hot as Skeet Ulrich. By the way, Jericho's producers swear they've never seen The Day After. Watch,
and decide for yourself.

Crossing Jordan (10 p.m. Sunday, NBC) -- This episode starts with an 8-year-old boy being shot 33 times by police, moves on to a full-fledged race riot enveloping Boston, and ends with … well, let's just say there won't be quite so many annoying characters running around the coroner's office bugging that nice Jordan after tonight.

American Experience: The Berlin Airlift (9 p.m. Monday, PBS) -- The first great battle of the Cold War erupted in 1948, when the Soviet Union closed all land routes into Berlin, trying to starve French, British and U.S. forces out of the city and leave the communists in sole control. favor of the remarkable airlift. For the next 11 months -- at a time when the average transport plane's payload was three tons, American and British planes shuttled in 4,000 tons a day, launching a plane every three minutes and stacking them five deep in the air routes into Berlin to make it work. This documentary is a poignant reminder of a time when local kids wrote loving letters to American soldiers addressing them as "Dear Uncle Chocolate," instead of strapping on suicide bombs.

The Power Of Choice: The Life And Ideas Of Milton Friedman (10 p.m. Monday, PBS) -- An often piquant biography of the free-market champion who bitch-slapped the statist John Maynard Keynes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the economic hearts and minds of the 20th century.


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