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Now or Never with Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen

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.

  • 51:21
    This year, it's estimated that people around the world will take over one trillion photographs. When you've always got a smartphone camera in hand and an unlimited amount of photos at your fingertips, what gives a photo meaning? On this episode of Now or Never, we are hearing from professional photographers and regular joes who are capturing real, meaningful moments through pictures. Each has a story to tell that will nudge you to change the way you capture images. A prairie photographer takes portraits of babies who've passed away. A woman carves out a niche using squirrels for muses. A cancer survivor bypasses wigs for her bald head, using homemade dioramas instead. Plus, you'll get insight into what makes people "click", and meet some unexpected shutterbugs.
    Feb 9, 2019
  • 54:46
    From your first day of kindergarten, to losing your virginity and your last day of work before retirement - rites of passage come in many shapes and sizes. They 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. But as you'll find on this episode of Now or Never, they almost always lead to learning. (This encore episode first aired in May, 2018)
    Jan 19, 2019
  • 54:46
    On this Now or Never, meet people pushing against the status quo and charting their own course - even when the world is telling them not to. A die-hard Blue Bombers fan tells us why he hasn't worn pants in 17 years, even on the most bone-chilling Winnipeg winter days. A plucky young reporter puts her life savings on the line to start her own newspaper in small-town Ontario, even though everyone tells her it's a bad idea. A Malaysian immigrant desperate to "fit in" pretends to like the Tragically Hip... until the day she decides she's got her own definition of what makes a Canadian. And meet Fred Frost, the only man in his quilter's bee.
    Jan 12, 2019
  • 49:52
    Go to the gym. Eat better. Buy a new wardrobe. At the dawn of a new year, it can be easy believe that you need to change. But what if the thing you need to do this January is just... be you? On this Now or Never, meet people who are rejecting resolutions and spending 2019 celebrating themselves, regardless of what the world might think of them. A pair of self-described "fat babes" go shopping in a size-small society. A young performer bares all, and invites an audience to ask nosy questions about his body. After years of hiding it, a retiree finally embraces her attention deficit disorder.
    Jan 5, 2019
  • 54:46
    The holidays are here, which means you might soon be awkwardly interacting with multiple generations of your family under one roof. So what's the key to bridging the generation gap? On this Now or Never, meet people going outside their comfort zone to try and connect with people much older - or younger - than themselves. A Toronto comedian asks her dad, the king of dad jokes, to perform stand-up with her - and has an eye-opening moment with him on stage. A millennial finds a creative way to bridge the generation gap in her workplace. And a grunge-loving musician creates an unexpected musical mash-up with his grandpa, the unofficial polka king of southern Manitoba.
    Dec 22, 2018
  • 54:40
    At this time of year, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the endless flyers and non-stop commercials - all of them telling you that you need to spend money on gifts that show just how much you care. But a truly meaningful gift is so much more than something you got a really good deal on. On this Now or Never, meet people who are tapping into their hearts to find the perfect gift - and be there for the intense moment when they're finally unwrapped. Instead of presents, a woman sends deeply personal letters to her loved ones. A 10-year-old boy collects dozens of prosthetics to send to those who need them. A grieving mother makes handmade bracelets for others who are mourning loved ones. An anonymous listener donates a bed to Vivian, a woman haunted by dreams of her past and who craved a good night's sleep. Ify and Trevor hold their own heartfelt host gift exchange. Plus, we give the gift of closure to children's entertainer Fred Penner, by solving the mystery of his missing set.
    Dec 15, 2018
  • 54:41
    On this Now or Never, stories from a small but mighty community that is fighting to define itself. North Preston, Nova Scotia is Canada's largest and oldest black community - a place where history runs deep, and where people are fighting passionately for their future. A man opens up about his criminal past, and how the thought of losing his family - and the future of his town - changed his life. A woman opens her heart, and her home, by turning her basement into an unofficial drop-in hub for youth in North Preston. A group of elders work hard to keep the long tradition of making and selling Christmas wreaths alive.
    Dec 8, 2018
  • 54:41
    Every day, many Canadians suffer silently with chronic conditions that are invisible to those around them. How they look on the outside doesn't reflect the pain, anxiety, fear and loneliness that might be going on inside. But still, they push on. On this Now or Never, meet people who refuse to be defined by their chronic condition. Lace up your hiking boots with a woman hiking the world's most dangerous and remote trails, even though she lives with a blood clot that could kill her at any moment. Meet identical twin sisters whose close relationship is put to the test, after one is diagnosed with lupus. And an aspiring sports journalist with a stutter works up the courage to ask his hero a question at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    Dec 1, 2018
  • 54:39
    Researchers say we're in the middle of a loneliness epidemic. Luckily, there's an antidote: social interaction and strong relationships. But once you're an adult - finding friends is easier said than done. On this Now or Never, meet grown-ups who are pushing past the awkwardness and making real connections. Lonely seniors discover that friendship is only a conference call away. Two women strike up an unlikely friendship in an unlikely location... at the spa one of them owns. Plus, we seek out guidance from the friend-making experts: early years students. Trevor and Ify plan a pop-up party for our You Got This! Facebook Group. Will anybody show up? And if they do, will they make friends? And more advice on how to say those six difficult words: "Do you want to be friends?"
    Nov 24, 2018
  • 54:42
    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.
    Nov 17, 2018
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