The Current

The Current for April 29, 2021

Today on The Current: Why ‘adopting an elder’ was life-changing for this Canadian household; Biden's United States at 100 days, from COVID-19 to race relations; Valerie Taylor on a career spent swimming with sharks; and Murray Sinclair remembers Canadian legal pioneer Thomas Berger.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current:

When Marike Finlay and her partner Karin Cope decided to up sticks and move from Quebec to the Maritimes 20 years ago, they had a question for their older friend, Elisabeth Bigras: "Why don't you come?" The three women tell us how that question changed their lives, and give their take on this alternative form of long-term care: adopting an elder.

Then, U.S. President Joe Biden has now been leading his country for 100 days. We talk to the CBC's Washington correspondent, Paul Hunter, and University of Pittsburgh history professor Keisha N. Blain about Biden's United States, from the COVID-19 pandemic to race relations.

Plus, Valerie Taylor filmed the terrifying underwater scenes in Jaws — and has since spent years trying to educate the public about sharks and protect the creatures. The conservationist joins us to discuss her extraordinary life under the water, which is the subject of a new documentary, Playing With Sharks.

And Canadian legal pioneer Thomas Berger died Wednesday at the age of 88. Retired senator Murray Sinclair joins us to remember his friend.