Katie Couric’s Nat Geo series turned newsier than anticipated


NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a danger in planning a news-oriented television series a year in advance.

But circumstances smiled on Katie Couric and her six-part National Geographic channel series, “America Inside Out,” which premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern. Some of the topics she chose to explore, like gender inequality and racial attitudes as reflected in the debate over Confederate statues, became more prominent after she started working on the series.

Couric and a crew were filming the episode about Confederate monuments that kicks off the series this week in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August, and attended a rally by white supremacists that turned violent.