This weekend, we ask the question: what does it mean to defy death? Rock climber Leo Houlding tells us about his terrifying family holidays, scaling vertical cliff-faces with his two young kids. We also explore radical life extension with science writer Anjana Ahuja. How close are we scientifically to extending the human lifespan to 150 or 200? What are the implications when we get there? And do we really want to live forever? PLUS: inside the luxury life extension market, with How to Spend it writer Tiffanie Darke. 

Links from the episode: 

— Leo Houlding’s extreme family holiday in Wyoming’s wild west:  

— Anjana Ahuja on whether we can live forever: 

— Inside the life extension market, with Tiffanie Darke: 

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