By Gabrielle Pantera @gpantera
Premier, Katie Couric examines social issues in cities across America with diverse guests in 6-part documentary series starting April 11th, 2018, on DirecTV at 7pm pt/10pm et/11c
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2018/4/8 – “I think everyone can agree, we are all in the midst of revolutionary changes in this country, demographically, culturally, technologically,” says America Inside Out host Katie Couric. “We’re also in the midst of a relentless news cycle, with information coming at you at a fast and furious pace. I am so gratified that National Geographic is giving me an opportunity to take a step back and look at the big picture, and really take a deep dive into these big, contentious social issues.
“I think that a lot of these issues have really come to the forefront and come to a head as a result of the political climate,” says Couric. “I think some of these issues have been simmering for a very long time, but they are in full relief as a result of political correctness becoming weaponized, you know, I think women continuing to be marginalized, Muslims being crucified in the political rhetoric these days. So I think some of these issues have always existed, but I think I think our willingness to really confront them and talk about them and think about them is, I think, stronger today than it has been.”
The hour-long episodes explore new perspectives, share personal stories about the people living through these changes, and encourage deeper understanding, instead of simply reacting instantaneously to the latest news event or trend.
The six topics discussed are:
- Examining our memorial landscape, specifically Confederate statues and monuments
- What it’s like to be Muslim in America
- How technology is affecting our humanity
- White working class anxiety
- The new rules of political correctness and how it’s been increasingly weaponized the term itself
- Gender inequality in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and beyond
This National Geographic Studios production partnered with Katie Couric Media and ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions.
Each episode tries to dig deeper into each topic, sharing viewpoints from all sides. The theme throughout is empathy and understanding.