Brains on Trial with Alan Alda

Brains on Trial with Alan Alda

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 10:00pm

Alan Alda poses in front of the jury.

Credit: Courtesy of Michael J Lutch

Join host Alan Alda in a unique blending of his two passions — drama and science. 

Using a fictional crime — a convenience store robbery that goes horribly wrong — this two-part program builds a gripping courtroom drama. Brains on Trial, airing Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, 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?