21 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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 9 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.

    The Countdown

    The Countdown

    We're all counting down to something these days: The end of the school year. A summer getaway. For this pandemic to finally be over.

    Which is why on this episode of Now or Never, we're meeting people who have their own personal countdown timers ticking away. And in a few weeks, days or even minutes, those timers are going to hit zero on a life-changing moment....whether they're ready or not.

    After years of fighting for his sport to be added to the Olympic games, rock climber Sean McColl is counting down the days until his first ever Olympics.

    A Newfoundland couple who opened a bed and breakfast just before the pandemic hit, look eagerly to tourism opening back up.

    And stand-up comedian Sterling Scott hasn't performed for a live audience in months, but the biggest performance of his life is just days away - whether he's ready or not.

    • 53 min
    Finding a way forward through tragedy and grief

    Finding a way forward through tragedy and grief

    At any given time we're each going through our own personal challenges.

    But the last few weeks have been particularly painful, with the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the former residential school in Kamloops, and the hatred and Islamophobia that left a young boy without his family.

    This on top of a year that has already felt like we're all collectively grieving.

    At Now or Never, we've been asking ourselves and the people around us, 'What are you doing to push through?'

    On this episode, we're sharing stories from five Canadians who are fighting to find a way forward, through the array of difficulties that have been thrown their way.

    • 54 min
    How to embrace the body you're in

    How to embrace the body you're in

    What do you see when you look in the mirror?

    If you spend more time picking out all the "flaws" with your body (rather than celebrating what your body can do), then this episode of Now or Never is for you. Find inspiration from people who are fighting back against body shame, and learning to embrace the bodies they're in.

    A woman terrified to wear leggings in public, gets a boost of confidence from a body confidence crusader.

    After watching his son hide his body at the swimming pool, a father gets a tattoo to make his son feel less alone.

    And how do you love a body that is constantly changing? A woman shares the lessons living with MS has taught her.

    • 54 min
    Who do you need to reconnect with?

    Who do you need to reconnect with?

    Reaching out to people from your past is unpredictable. What do you say? Will they remember you? Would they rather you stayed as a memory from the past? On this Now or Never, meet Canadians who are taking a risk to reconnect with someone from their past.

    Two women who had a big falling out in university attempt to repair their friendship - and work through the things they’ve been too afraid to say out loud, until now.

    Decades after attending summer camp together in Taiwan, a cancer diagnosis brings a group of friends together again.

    And after years of struggling with mental illness and drug addiction, a man gets a lifeline to the outside world and starts making amends.

    • 47 min
    Fighting for Joy

    Fighting for Joy

    On a regular day, joy can be hard to find. Throw in a global pandemic, social injustice, and economic uncertainty, and "finding your joy" can seem downright impossible.

    So what do you do when joy seems like a distant memory?

    You fight for it.

    Today on Now or Never, meet people who are digging deep through grief, loss, oppression, illness and uncertainty, to find their joy.

    - Sara Neufeld and Kim Crass are two Winnipeg teachers determined to make sure that play and fun can still be found in their kindergarten classrooms, amidst the new COVID regulations.

    - Indigenous activist Michael Redhead Champagne shares the secret to finding joy and purpose in tragic moments.

    - CALLING ALL JOYS! People named Joy tell us about the burden and the gift in being named after an emotion, including some perspective from 101-year-old Joy Saunders of Lunenberg, NS.

    - Every morning at nine, after Rebekah Blok has fed her kids breakfast and prepared them for another busy day of learning at home, she turns on her computer and dances like no one is watching... even though dozens of people are during the Rise and Shine Shake.

    - For Bee Quammie, big hair, bold prints, and a good heel are the keys to unlocking moments of joy in quarantine life.

    - Funeral director Richard Rosin has just the instrument to cut through the darkness of dealing with death.

    *This episode originally aired on September 8th, 2020

    • 50 min
    Up in the air

    Up in the air

    Tired of being grounded? This week Now or Never is taking you up in the air.

    Hosts Trevor Dineen and Ify Chiwetelu connect you with people taking on challenges in the sky.

    A rookie window cleaner brings us along as he scales a 400-foot skyscraper and dreams of even bigger challenges.

    In the middle of the boreal forest a woman lives in isolation, watching for forest fires from her office in the sky.

    And a struggling airline industry is not enough to deter one man from leaving a 22-year career to become a commercial pilot.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

stevemchey ,

My new favorite podcast!!

Stumbled onto this podcast via Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids and was captivated by Ify’s story. I love these two voices, their banter and combo of heavy and light topics. I have spent the whole afternoon binge listening and so glad I have.

JPthr33 ,

Definitely not DNTO, but great in its own right

My subscription to DNTO was automatically transmogrified into this show a few months ago and I admit I was skeptical, but (you knew there was a "but", this is a five star review), but I was genuinely surprised. Quality programming here from a blend of personalities that hit the spot in terms of banter. The producing team behind the hosts must boast a rich vein of talent. I know I'm in the US and have the generous tax dollars of our step-siblings up north to thank for this, so "thanks" Canada--I'll hit you back someday. Here's hoping "Now or Never" isn't a time-specific command to non-Canadian listeners about when to directly fund the show. ;)

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