America Inside Out with Katie Couric

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Informative docu-series examines controversial issues.

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Positive Messages

Looks at contemporary and complicated issues in America, including the treatment of Muslims, racism, and the role technology has in our lives. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

People from multiple backgrounds holding different viewpoints featured. 


Stories and images of violent events, including KKK rallies and the terrorist attacks on 9/11. 


One episode features lifelike female robots making suggestive comments; their private parts are blurred. 


"Piss," bleeped cursing. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some episodes show folks drinking wine, beer, and hard liquor. Heroin addiction discussed; addictive behavior visible within this context. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that America Inside Out with Katie Couric is a docu-series  that examines contemporary controversial issues in the United States. Stories about and images of violent events, including 9/11, are shown. It also contains disturbing images of racist behaviors, including KKK rallies and bleeped cursing. One episode features lifelike dolls making sexual comments (their private parts are blurred). Drinking (beer, wine, hard liquor) is visible, and some interviews take place in bars. Addiction is discussed (heroine is sometimes visible). 

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Parent Written byaaheisler June 28, 2018


Very interesting. Gives info I didn't know Very timely Important

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What's the story?

AMERICA INSIDE OUT WITH KATIE COURIC is a documentary series featuring Katie Couric exploring some of the most contemporary issues dividing the United States. From looking at anti-Muslim sentiments to the plight of the white working class, it looks at the multiple points of view from which American citizens make sense of many of the contentious ideas and policies in place today. Interviews with policymakers, community leaders, and others impacted by these issues, including celebrities like Steve Aoki, Aasif Mandvi, and Roseanne Barr offer additional insights. 

Is it any good?

This informative series offers viewers the opportunity to examine some of America's most controversial issues through a relatively unbiased lens. Katie Couric approaches the issues from a journalistic point of view, but uses devices like talking to celebrities and showing archived news footage of controversial moments to make it more appealing to viewers. As a result, discussions of some issues are not without bias. 

There's a lot to be learned from the series. However, watching it isn't always easy, and listening to individuals with very strong and controversial viewpoints will stir up a wide range of reactions. But it is these very reasons that makes it worth tuning in. Ultimately, America Inside Out serves as an interesting starting point for conversations about these important, and nationally relevant, subjects. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the complex issues discussed in America Inside Out. What are your opinions about things like removing Confederate monuments? Black Lives Matter? How technology impacts our lives? How do you talk to people who agree or disagree with you?

  • America Inside Out with Katie Couric is a documentary series designed to show all sides of different issues. Is it objective? Is it supposed to be? 

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