19 episodes

What if there were a pill that could add decades to your life? Would you take it? For thousands of years, people have searched for elixirs that could delay death and extend human life. Could new advances in medicine finally make this a reality? From madcap medicine to cutting-edge science, the quest to unlock the fountain of youth is teeming with dreamers, skeptics and charlatans alike.

Unlocking The Fountain CBC Podcasts

    • Science
    • 4.3 • 300 Ratings

What if there were a pill that could add decades to your life? Would you take it? For thousands of years, people have searched for elixirs that could delay death and extend human life. Could new advances in medicine finally make this a reality? From madcap medicine to cutting-edge science, the quest to unlock the fountain of youth is teeming with dreamers, skeptics and charlatans alike.

    Episode 1: 150 Candles

    Episode 1: 150 Candles

    Are we on the verge of medical breakthroughs that will extend healthy human life by decades? Some scientists say the first human to reach 150 years is already alive. Is it you?

    • 31 min
    Episode 2: Phony Fountains

    Episode 2: Phony Fountains

    Today’s aging science is built on shaky foundations, from Ponce de Leon’s legendary quest for the fountain of youth, to surgeons who transplanted monkey testicles into men. We also look at cryonics and mind-uploading -- speculative science that purports to bring people back from the dead.

    • 35 min
    Episode 3: The 11-Year-Old Scientist

    Episode 3: The 11-Year-Old Scientist

    Why do we age, and how can we reverse it? We meet a researcher whose discoveries overturned everything we thought we knew about aging. We learn about the levers that cause aging to speed up or slow down. And we meet the 11-year-old scientist at the centre of it all.

    • 29 min
    Episode 4: Fountain in a Pill

    Episode 4: Fountain in a Pill

    Scientists have identified several drugs that appear to slow aging. Some are already widely used in humans to treat other diseases. But how do you get a cure approved when regulators don’t see aging as a disease? And wouldn’t it take decades to prove the pill prolongs human lifespan? This episode explores the hits and misses on the path to a fountain-of-youth pill.

    • 37 min
    Episode 5: Expiration Date

    Episode 5: Expiration Date

    Keith and Laura get tested to find out if they’re genetically predisposed for longevity. Another test promises to reveal their biological ages. Have stress and disease conspired to make them older than they should be? Plus, more hallmarks of aging: weakened immunity, chronic inflammation and methylation.

    • 33 min
    Episode 6: How to Live Longer

    Episode 6: How to Live Longer

    Making the right choices around what we eat, how much we exercise and how we manage our stress can add a decade or more to our lives. In this episode: A science based blueprint for building your own fountain of youth.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
300 Ratings

300 Ratings

Dwntwn julesbrw ,

Really enjoyed Unlocking the Fountain!

Keith McArthur is such a great podcaster and does such an incredible job of educating himself to then teach stuff to us. I learned so much and it was still easy to digest! Despite other reviews, I do NOT feel he breezed over the ethical dilemmas surrounding this topic. It was thorough, informative, and absolutely reflected all sides of the argument.

Definitely recommend both this and Bryson’s Brain.

15agento ,

Well worth the time - life changing!

Sweet, with lots of personal touches but an extremely good summary of current science around longevity with practical steps to change lifestyle. Can’t wait for the next subject you tackle!

ontariogirl33 ,

Wonderful, sweet, eye opening must listen podcasts

Amazing podcast! Covers everything from how it feels to be a parent, sibling and caregiver of a kid with a rare disease to the ethics of cures for disabilities to how gene therapy works. Totally eye opening and thought provoking. Best podcast I’ve listened to in years! Like nothing I’ve heard before! Keep going Keith! I’m rooting for you!

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