Brains On Trial

The robbery of a convenience store goes horribly wrong, and the suspect, an 18-year-old cocaine addict, is now on trial for attempted murder. The case is fiction but the scenario is all too real. In a 2-hour documentary, produced by Chedd-Angier for PBS, Alan Alda explores how neuroscience could change our criminal justice system for the better. He speaks with countless legal experts and scientists begging the question, can brain scans reveal: • If a witness is lying? • If racial bias can be detected in a person's brain? • Why teenagers are so impulsive? • Why drugs distort decision-making? • If any of us really has free will? Check out our website ( for updates on our broadcast and much more. Join us this fall on PBS!