Brains on Trial with Alan Alda

Using a fictional crime — a convenience store robbery that goes horribly wrong — this two-part program builds a gripping courtroom drama. The program probes the brains of the major participants —defendant, witnesses, jurors, judge — while Alan Alda visits neuroscientists who explore how brains work when they become entangled with the law. The research poses a controversial question: How does our rapidly expanding ability to peer into people’s minds and decode their thoughts and feelings affect trials like this one? Should it?

  • TV: Thursday, 9/19 at 7:00pm