Now Or Never

The power of changing your mind

Meet Canadians taking that first step, and discovering the power that comes with changing your mind - no matter how big or small.

In a time of angry division and clashing over tightly held beliefs, meet people finding a different way

Itamar Shani and Haitham El Khatib were raised to hate each other. Their shared passion for food led to an unlikely friendship, and is helping them break barriers for others. (CBC)

Everywhere you turn these days, you see people clashing over their tightly held beliefs and opinions.

Political elections.

Social justice.

COVID restrictions. 

And you don't have to look too far to see how being unwilling to change your mind can have big consequences.

So today on Now or Never, we're taking a different tack.

Meet Canadians who are taking that first step toward changing their mind, no matter how big or small. 

Jesse Lipscombe is an activist who engages with friends and strangers alike to change their mind about racism. He tells us what fuels him to have these uncomfortable conversations, and why as much as he hates scaling "Mount Racism" every day, he still believes in "Mount Hope."

After years of being told by her aunties that she needs to straighten her hair, Kristine Maitland is now embracing her "Soul Train" afro. Find out what compelled her to finally change her mind about her hair.

Now or Never listeners call in to tell us about the moment they changed their minds about segways, self-identifying as a dog person, and wearing high-waisted jeans.

When Faith Fundal became the new host of CBC Radio's Up to Speed last month, it was the first time in their career they will be known only as Faith to their audience. Faith tells us about the power of changing your name to match your identity. Check out Faith's podcast They & Us

When Laura Rice found out she had breast cancer and would need a double mastectomy, she was 100% sure of one thing: to embrace being "strong, flat and fabulous." But after living without breasts, Laura started to regret her decision. So she changed her mind. 

Haitham El Khatib and Itamar Shani were raised to hate each other: Haitham is a Palestinian Muslim, and Itamar is an Israeli Jew. How their love of cooking and sharing food brought them together in an unexpected friendship.