America Inside Out, with Katie Couric, a six-part documentary series premiering Wednesday, April 11, at 10 p.m./9c, follows Couric as she travels the country to sit down with the people shaping the most pivotal, evolving, contentious and often confusing topics in American culture today.
Her journey tackles feminism, Muslims in America, political correctness, the impact of the white working class on the 2016 presidential election, and more! Couric recrurits cultural icons and regular Americans to help her look past the noise of society, politics and individual discomfort to understand the truth of what is happening around our country.
“I think that a lot of these issues have really come to the forefront. I think some of these issues have been simmering for a really long time, but they are in full relief as a result of political correctness becoming recognized. I think women continuing to be marginalized, Muslims being crucified and the political rhetoric these days. I think some of these issues have already existed, but I think our willingness to confront them, talk about them and think about them is stronger today,” Couric said.
Couric said she still learned new things about herself as a journalist on this journey with National Geographic.
“I learned that it’s important to get out of your bubble. That we all can learn from talking to different people. I think that all of us spend too much time with likeminded people who are very similar to themselves. Getting out into the country and spending time listening to people and understanding different perspectives helps reinforce some of the views that you already held, and helps you see things from a different perspective as well. I still have a lot to learn,” Couric said.