Katie Couric (L) greets a child at the Islamic Association of Raleigh, NC.
(National Geographic/Ben McKeown)
TVNational Geographic today announced the title of the network’s latest project with Katie Couric: America Inside Out with Katie Couric. The six-part documentary series follows Couric as she travels the country to talk with the people bearing witness to the most complicated and consequential questions in American culture today.
Inspired by her own journey making National Geographic’s critically acclaimed documentary Gender Revolution, Couric travels to dozens of cities across North America — from Freemont, Nebraska, to Montgomery, Alabama, to talk with hundreds of people to get an inside look at pressing social issues, including gender inequality, Muslims in America, political correctness, white working-class anxiety, the battle over Confederate monuments and statues and how technology is affecting our humanity.
Couric enlists cultural icons, experts and everyday people to help her look past the noise, politics and individual discomfort to understand complicated truths. Examples include Farris Barakat, whose brother Deah, a dental student, was murdered in what many believe was an anti-Muslim hate crime; residents of Erie, Pennsylvania, who have faced a steady decline in jobs and are having to reimagine their futures; and an Oregon family whose 20-year-old son is headed to a three-month technology rehab echnology rehab after falling into gaming addiction.
“As a nation, we are in the midst of unsettling, often head-spinning change — how we live, how we communicate, how we see the past, the future and each other,” says Couric. “I wanted to explore some of the thorniest, most divisive issues facing the country, and give people the tools to have a conversation, not just an opinion. In the instantaneous, 24/7 news cycle, people seem to want affirmation, not information. That makes it all the more important to step out of our comfort zones and be open to different perspectives. I want to revive the lost art of listening, because when we understand each other, it can help us reclaim our empathy and humanity, and forge a path forward.”
America Inside Out with Katie Couric premieres April 11, 2018 on the National Geographic channel.