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This program examines the evolution of the Cold War following World War II and America's decision to use atomic weapons against Japan. It looks at the fears and paranoia that often went unchecked as Americans and their enemies second-guessed one another before new crises could develop. The program brings various realities to light by showing how the lives of eight ordinary Americans were affected by the Cold War. The program also examines the terror many experienced during the McCarthy hearings. People knew that their careers could suddenly end if Communist accusations were brought against them and their names were added to blacklists. The Soviet Union's response to all of these events is also reviewed. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi