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Now Or Never

 

Now Or Never

Hosts Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen leap into the action with Canadians who are making things happen. Sometimes things go right. Sometimes they go off the rails. Either way, Now or Never nudges you to make a change, big or small.

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Sex is more than sex

Steve wants to have more sex with his wife. But is his focus on the bedroom obscuring a bigger issue?

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Origin stories

Ever wonder how we got here? Digging into history, these podcasts uncover the past to understand the present.

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The mighty mistle thrush

Vanessa Blanch and Alain Clavette tracked down a flock of birders to tell the story behind this “mega-rarity” in the birding community.

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Tragedy + Time

Oriana can’t lie and it’s hurting those close to her. Also, Kevin wants to make his grandma laugh.

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How are you facing your family expectations?

When are you going to give me grandchildren? Why don't you call more? Why can't you be more like your sister? The list of family expectations can be long. And those expectations are often wrapped up in culture, family history and tradition. They can carry some serious emotional weight. On this Now or Never, you'll meet people who are trying their best to not let their family down by facing their expectations — spoken and unspoken — head on.

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Vancouver does the new Now or Never list!

If Now or Never were a community centre, it might be something like the Roundhouse. This arts and recreation centre in downtown Vancouver draws people of all ages and walks of life — like a troupe of dancers over 50 and a class of parents teaching their babies sign language. And it's the perfect place to test-drive our brand new Now or Never list! 11 questions that we've put together to challenge you — and us, too — to think big, do things you've long wanted to do and have the personal moments that you've been needing to have.

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Nudged by the Now or Never list

We started the season by putting together the Now or Never list, an interactive questionnaire we hoped would motivate you to do things that you may have been putting off — or not even realized that you needed to do. Whether it's reliving your favourite childhood activities, breaking your bad habits, or even nudging you to reconnect with the people that matter most, the list was designed to help you make changes big and small. We didn't know if it would catch on. But every week, hundreds of people from across the country filled it out. On this episode, you'll meet some of the Canadians who were nudged by the Now or Never List. From a woman on a quest to meet every single one of her neighbours, to a swimmer who needed to thank the lifeguard who saved her life.

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Shouldn't you be outside?

Today we're on a mission to drag people away from their phones, tablets and TVs and into the great outdoors. Trevor Dineen and Ify Chiwetelu will try to convince office workers to get outside and play basketball with them, we'll ride along with a blind woman taking her first bike ride in 39 years and meet a mother and daughter finding nature in the place you least expect it.

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Shining a light across the autism spectrum

In Canada, one in every 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in the country — but not a lot of people truly understand what it is. On this Now or Never, you'll learn about autism from people who are surviving and thriving with the disorder in their own unique ways. And you'll discover the challenges people with autism are tackling head on.

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Teen Takeover

For better and for worse, teenagers today are growing up with the world at their fingertips. All this while still dealing with the pressures of figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and what is important to you. From the pressure of being the best 13-year-old basketball player in the country, to the stress of keeping a secret that you know your family won't accept, hear from teens all across Canada who are ready to speak out about their experiences.

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The transformative power of the car

A lot of people look at a vehicle and see nothing but an engine, four tires and a tank of gas. Or simply a way to get from point A to point B. But cars can mean so much more. On this Now or Never, meet people whose lives have been shaped by the cars they drive or ride in. From a Toronto cab driver who is on a mission to change up people's boring commutes with his blinged-out taxi, to a young woman whose terrifying ride compelled her to take action... and jump start a new business. And hop in the passenger seat with a son as he takes an emotional drive in his dad's classic yellow Ford — after it's been sitting in a garage for four decades.

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24 hours in the online classifieds

People turn to the online classifieds — like Kijiji, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace — for deeply personal reasons. On this episode we bring you stories behind the surprising things and incredible people found in the online listings.

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Celebrating Black Creatives in Canada

Meet Black artists in Canada who are using their creativity to tell stories of identity and community.

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Family Traditions

What's the family tradition you're desperately trying to re-boot or keep alive?

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What's making you go it alone?

A young woman who decided to stop dating for a year. A 12-year-old ballet dancer who left home to chase her dreams. A guy who stayed silent and alone with his thoughts for ten whole days. What does it take to strike out on your own?

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'We need to talk': Parents and children have tough conversations

Do you remember the feeling of dread, knowing that your parents were about to start a conversation that you absolutely didn't want to have? On this Now or Never, families gather their courage and dive in to difficult conversations. A Mom answers her seven-year-old's questions about slavery. Fathers have conversations with their sons about harassment and sexism. A woman works to break the cycle of sexual abuse with her three-year-old daughter.

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Fearlessly Funny: Women taking the stage right now

What's so funny? On this Now or Never, meet women who are storming the stand-up stage for the very first time. Sit in the audience for a performance that was 10 years in the making. Listen as a seasoned comic rediscovers her voice after transitioning. Meet a group of young women trying to transform the Iqaluit comedy scene. Plus, hear Ify Chiwetelu's attempt to connect with her comedy idol.

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When your life changes in an instant

The blink of an eye: that's how fast life can be turned upside down. And there's no going back, no matter how much you may want to. You just have to figure out what comes next.

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What's making you sing right now?

On this Now or Never, meet people who are singing for some very personal reasons... even if they don't all sound like Celine.

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Out with the old!

Meet Canadians who are starting 2018 by lightening their load and getting rid of the things they don't need anymore - from a comic book collection to deep-seated shame.

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What do you want to accomplish in 2018?

Whether it's donating bone marrow, mastering an endangered Indigenous language, or finally learning how to drive - meet Canadians who are on a personal mission in 2018.

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How are you changing up the holidays?

From the Mom who decked out her entire house in purple decorations in honour of Prince to a retired oil executive who finally enrolled in Santa Claus School... this year, people are giving the heave-ho-ho-ho to holiday traditions.

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How are you helping others?

It's the time of year when a lot of us are thinking of ways we can give back. So today on Now or Never, jump in with Canadians coming together to help each other out.

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Get a pep talk from Now or Never live!

From an aspiring comedian who needs a confidence boost to a lifelong teacher on the cusp of retirement, listen along as Canadians get some encouragement to tackle their own Now or Never moments.

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Living with OCD

Trevor Dineen has been living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD - since he was 21 years old. It's a debilitating mental illness that almost took Trevor's life, and today he reveals his fight to overcome it.

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'I really need a solid Burnsy pep talk': Reconnecting with the teacher who changed my life

When Arif Jaffer was in high school, Mr. Burns gave him some advice he never forgot. Now he's at another crossroads in his life, and could really use another Burnsy pep talk.

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Arif calls up his old teacher for a pep talk

'I really need a solid Burnsy pep talk': Reconnecting with the teacher who changed my life

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Who do you need to reconnect with?

Meet Canadians who took a risk and reconnected with somebody from their past. A young man gets a pep talk from his old high school teacher. Two brothers, ripped apart by war, reunite. A woman thanks the lifeguard who saved her from drowning.

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Surviving and thriving in winter

Even though it comes every year, it's easy to feel unprepared for winter. But we're Canadians... and we're better than that. Meet people who are not just surviving winter, but thriving in it!

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Keeping the memory of war alive

From a Syrian refugee working out his pain on a theatre stage in Antigonish to a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor sharing his experiences for the first time - meet Canadians who are keeping the memories of war alive.

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Keeping the spark alive

Whether you're in a long-term relationship or on the prowl for a potential love interest, it can be hard to keep the romantic sparks flying. Host Trevor Dineen is the first to admit that he's in a romance rut - so he sought out some advice.

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Turning the #MeToo movement into action

Lately it seems like everyone has been talking about women's safety. The Harvey Weinstein scandal led to the #MeToo social media campaign. But there have been hashtags before. So we wondered if this moment will lead to a true turning point.

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