17 episodes

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.

Now or Never CBC Radio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 105 Ratings

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.

    In Praise of Mediocrity

    In Praise of Mediocrity

    What's so bad about being 'good enough?' On this episode of Now or Never, meet people who are mediocre, and proud of it. 

    Fatuma Adar is a playwright and creator in Toronto who has made mediocrity her mission. She's written entire plays about the pressure to be excellent as a Black Muslim woman, and even released a musical ode to napping. While she's redefined her relationship with excellence, the question is: have her parents? Fatuma sits down with her father, Mohamed Adar, for a conversation they've never had before.

    Meet some self-described "Bad Moms." When Sara Legget was struggling under the pressures to be a perfect mother, she started writing about it online. What started as a blog has become the informal Bad Moms Canada support group.

    And few things bring Todd Gee's family joy like the "golden atrocity" of a family heirloom that's been passed around for 30 years. For this family, there is a lot of delight in embracing something less than perfect.

    • 53 min
    Now or Never Introduces: Run, Hide Repeat

    Now or Never Introduces: Run, Hide Repeat

    Pauline Dakin’s childhood was marked by unexplained events, a sense of unseen menace, and secretive moves to new cities with no warning. When Pauline was a young adult, her mother finally told her what they were running from – organized crime, secret police and double lives. It was a story so mind-bending, so disturbing, Pauline’s entire world was turned upside down. Run Hide Repeat is the story of Pauline’s life on the run, her quest for the truth – and her search for forgiveness. Based on the best-selling 2017 memoir, this powerful 5-part journey spans decades and an entire country — and it will leave listeners questioning what’s real and who they can trust. More episodes are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/uTyXq8Pu

    • 33 min
    The climate crisis is here. Meet people doing something about it

    The climate crisis is here. Meet people doing something about it

    The climate crisis is on our doorsteps, whether we're ready or not.

    Stronger hurricanes, devastating forest fires, melting glaciers, an ocean that is warming and rising: these are just a few of the impacts that people in Canada and around the globe are dealing with. Tackling such a huge problem can seem daunting.

    So on this Now or Never, you're going to meet people personally impacted by climate change — and who are doing something about it.

    • 48 min
    Second Acts: The scary, uncertain, important moments when everything changes

    Second Acts: The scary, uncertain, important moments when everything changes

    Closing the curtain on one phase of your life and starting the next can be terrifying. Moments where we choose to change, or life forces us to suddenly shift, can happen many times throughout our lives

    But we do it in hopes of finding a life that is better, one closer to who we truly are.

    A Hazara woman who was forced to flee her home in Afghanistan starts over in Saskatoon.

    An Oji-Cree man reclaims his family name as he prepares to fulfill his musical dreams

    A former Olympian goes on a journey to find who he truly is after having his career cut short.

    And after a couple of tumultuous decades, a 58 year old woman finds a new life in law.

    • 53 min
    Beyond the Flood: Meet the people of Peguis First Nation

    Beyond the Flood: Meet the people of Peguis First Nation

    Six months after historic flooding forced the evacuation of more than half of the community, Now or Never visits Peguis First Nation to see how people are recovering, and looking forward to the future.

    • 54 min
    Five stories that will inspire you to check an item off your bucket list

    Five stories that will inspire you to check an item off your bucket list

    From making the most of a dog's final days to learning Swedish, hear how people are reaching for life goals.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Amanda Putz ,

Best thing on public radio

I moved back to Canada in 2021 & heard these two incredibly warm hosts with real, unforced chemistry. Then came the stories. Every single episode has at least one cry, a laugh, nods of new knowledge, and many smiles. In the year since I first heard it I managed to doggedly work my way into helping produce the show occasionally, but the passion for the program came first!

Raffie Smith :) ,

amazing <3

this show will instantly put you in a good mood!!

Nallaenna ,

Smart with a lot of heart, I just love this show. Well done ad keep them coming.

What a great show. I love the spirit of it, the charming connection between Ify and Trevor , the vulnerability they show and the heart. I highly recommend this podcast . 💛

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