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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The Doppelgänger

Julia struggles flirting over text messages and it’s hampering her love life. But she also struggles with all text messages.

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9-1-1

When a flashlight bomb killed Wayne Greavette in 1996, it also destroyed his family. David Ridgin searches for answers.

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Discovering you`re a psychopath

James Fallon is determined to overcome his worst instincts.

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Native Child and the Full Moon

Tegan Smallwood, 15, isn’t sure which nation she's from because her mom was adopted during the Sixties Scoop.

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What knowledge are you passing down?

Passing down your knowledge is important, whether it's teaching your kids how to cook a traditional dish or training potential athletes. When you don't impart your wisdom there can be big consequences. Family recipes are forgotten, languages disappear and legacies are lost. So on this Now or Never, we're on a mission to keep those special talents, skills and stories alive by passing them along.

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Gender identity: Challenge, change and celebration

It's pride season in Canada. And now, more than ever, people are having conversations about gender. And there is a lot to figure out: what society says you can and can't wear; which bathrooms you can use; and just how far you need to go to feel right in your own body. For many people, those questions don't require much thought. But for the guests on this episode, they're in the middle of challenging their gender identity right now - from a non-binary comedian figuring out how to talk about identity on stage, to a trans teenager's gender reveal party and a class of students studying to become drag queens.

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What is your faith motivating you to do?

We're right in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, which means that Muslims around the world are demonstrating their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset. Across all religions, there are people whose faith is challenging them right now. Whether it's sacrificing food and water for the day, committing good deeds, or stepping in to ceremonial sweat lodges — belief is something that motivates billions of people every single day. On this Now or Never, meet folks whose faith has inspired them to take action.

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Never give up!

We've all had big — and not so big — things that we've given up on. But on this Now or Never, meet people who have no quit at all. If there's an obstacle, they'll find a away around it. If there's a road block, they'll just go through. A refugee who lost his fingers trying to cross the Manitoba border, gets a new bionic prosthetic... and debuts a new play inspired by his life. A life-long smoker takes a drag on his very last cigarette, and tells us what he's doing this time to make it stick. And a matchmaker who resorts to unusual measures to help young Muslims navigate a challenging dating scene.

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What rite of passage are you facing right now?

Rites of passage mark the end of the life you've known and the beginning of something new. Life is peppered with these transitional moments: some of them you look forward to, others you dread.

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Where do you need to go back to?

We've all got places that have made a major impact on us. Sometimes, those meaningful locations call us to return — whether it be to rekindle old memories, right a wrong, or get some closure. The problem is, you never know if past places will live up to the snapshot you keep tucked away in your mind. So on this Now or Never, we bring people back to the places that matter to them.

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Finding motivation in loss

In the last few weeks, there have been many tragedies that have rocked the country. From an intersection in rural Saskatchewan, to a busy Toronto sidewalk, to a dirt road in northern Manitoba — Canadians are reeling from devastating and unexpected losses. And they're coming together in surprising ways. Loss inspires so many Now or Never moments. On this episode, meet people who are channelling their grief into action.

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What are you doing for the good of your health?

If you need some incentive to get off your couch and do one good thing for your health today... listen to this episode of Now or Never! Meet Canadians from all walks of life who are taking their first, tentative steps to improving their physical and mental health. Meet a life-long smoker taking a drag on his very last cigarette. Try to keep up with a 70-year-old with terminal cancer as she climbs to the top of the CN Tower. Ride along with a veteran as he navigates the difficult road of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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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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