The Current

The Current for Jan. 20, 2021

Today on The Current: Joe Biden is sworn in as president of a divided United States, and a divided party; Michael Eric Dyson on the country’s reckoning with race; and can a new team in the White House get the COVID-19 pandemic under control?
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, before an empty National Mall in Washington, fortified against violence. The CBC's Paul Hunter gives us the view from the ground, where Biden makes his inaugural speech to a divided nation. And we talk to two Democrats, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Morgan Harper, about the divisions Biden must address in his own party.

Plus, Biden's term begins after a year of unrest over racial equality in the U.S., driven by police killings of unarmed Black people. Professor and author Michael Eric Dyson discusses the challenges that lie ahead.

And more than 400,000 people have now died from COVID-19 in the U.S. William Haseltine, president of the global health think tank ACCESS Health International, weighs up Biden's plan to get the pandemic under control. Plus, we talk to Kimberly Worl, a funeral director in hard-hit California, and Dr. Dara Kass, an ER physician in New York.