In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival

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Dec 26, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with author Brad Manuel. He'll share with us how he crafted a different kind of post-apocalyptic book. There are no super-elite-range-seals. No ninja warriors. Just regular folks trying to survive. But somehow it still caught the attention of the audio publishers of The Martian. So he might just be on to something.

But The Last Tribe isn't necessarily for everyone for the reasons mentioned above. This is not a high-action prepper book. It's more about character development and overcoming adversity. And it deals with a few issues few if any, other books in the genre attempt.

~ We Discuss: ~

* Who is Author Brad Manuel?
* How did he become an author?
* Is Brad a prepper?
* What drew him to writing apocalyptic fiction?
* Why did a reviewer of his book call it the "Life Time TV" of post-apocalyptic books?
* Why did he write a book low of violence in a genre dominated by violence?
* What's the best advice about making it as an author did Brad ever receive?
* What's the best thing Brad has spent, or not spent, money on as a self-published author?

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Dec 19, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Alana Barfield. We're going to discuss storage options for apartment dwellers and share a cool James Bond-like DYI project with you.

Prepper Storage Topics Discussed:

* Unconventional storage spaces
* Hiding things in plain site
* Storage ideas that won't forfeit your renter's deposit
* Building a fake wall
* Storage options for RVs and Campers
* Getting widows to prep


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Dec 5, 2016

In this episode, we welcome back author Gary Collins. He's going to share with us his experience with building an off the grid. It's doable, but it's not all rainbows and kittens. Plus, he shares his patten pending tiny house rant at no extra charge.

How to Build an Off Grid Home Topics


  • How to find and research remote property
  • Working with Realtors to find rural and remote land
  • Getting a mortgage on rural land
  • Morgage tricks and loopholes
  • The reality of building a home in a remote location
  • Tips on finding contracts who have experience building off-grid homes
  • Off-grid home building site considerations
  • Getting water in an off-grid home
  • Solar for off-grid homes
  • Garry's tiny house rant
  • Composting toilets
  • Tips on finding out if off the grid is really for you
  • Special design and building considerations for off grid


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Episode 197: Secrets of How to Survive an Off Grid Home Build


Nov 21, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with James of Survival Punk. He’s going to share with us the benefits of life in a tiny house, the downsides, and the pitfalls.

Tiny houses are all the rage these days. They even have their own reality TV shows.

For some, Tiny houses make a lot of sense: They can force you to declutter your life, push you out into the world and get outdoors, save money, and a host of other benefits. And some tiny houses have the added benefit of being mobile -- an attractor for many preppers and modern nomads.

But there can be downsides to tiny houses too. If you're not an experienced DYI'r, you'll need to find a contractor or builder. If you're a pack rat, these aren't for you. Some cities and municipalities are making new laws to keep out tiny houses and new tax laws specific to these smaller dwellings.

However, the Survival Punk find more benefits than detractors. And we discuss...

~ Topics Discussed:

  • * Why pick a tiny house to live in if you are a prepper?
  • * Dating as a single tiny house owner?
  • * How do you store food in a tiny house?
  • * Can they help you get out of or avoid debt?
  • * How realistic is bugging out in one of these?
  • * How do you move a tiny house?
  • * What are the construction methods (and hacks)?
  • * How do you pick appliances?
  • * Does solar work well for tiny house owners?
  • * Building codes and laws impacting the tiny house movement.


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Nov 14, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Tim Maynard author of Southbound: A Story of Survival. His book explores what it might be like for a truck driving survivalist if an EMP were to go off while far from home and his wife.

As a former truck driver himself, Tim brings a unique perspective to the survival discussion. The "over the road" life presents many challenges for a prepper; Storage space is extremely limited, you're often hundreds to thousands of miles from home, and when disaster strikes you could find yourself in an unfamiliar area.

  • How does the book start?
  • What is Southbound about?
  • How did he write a book while on the road?How do truckers
  • How does Tim get into a writer's "flow state"?
  • How do truckers prepp with limited space?
  • How did he calculate how long it would take the main character to walk home?
  • What's the best $100 Tim ever spent on survival?
  • What's his go-to long gun?

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Nov 7, 2016

In this episode, your listener questions will be answered. We’ll discuss hiding your peppers, self-defense options for those with poor eyesight, short barrel rifle questions, and probably one of the hardest questions any of you have ever asked me.

Questions Answered:

* What is the most overlooked survival prep you come across?
* What skills do you practice most and what skills do you practice least?
* What one survival skill do you feel you need the most but have the least experience?
* What barrel length is best for 300 Blackout SBRs?
* If you live in an apartment or small home, how do you store your preps and keep them secret from prying eyes? And how do you keep them organized in a concise space?
* How can we get CERT (Fema’s Community Emergency Response Team) certified?
* After the November 8 presidential election, what will run out quicker canned goods or bullets?
* What home self-defense options are best for the legally blind?
* What are your thoughts on James Wesley Rawles recent post on strategies for buying guns and ammo after the election?

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Oct 31, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Holly and Nate of the Dollars and Nonsense Podcast. They're going to share with us some insights about things to avoid and things to do with money.

Episode Topics Discussed:

* The myth of retirement programs
* The penalties and pitfalls of retirement programs
* Staying away from programs the government is involved in
* The federal reserve's monopoly money game
* Servitude mindsets
* Being creative with money
* Staying away from what "the masses" do with money and following the examples of the rich
* The myth of numbers and money being equal
* Understanding compounding interest
* The runaway inflation lessons from Zimbabwe and Argentina
* The myth and trap of saving 10%
* What is infinite banking


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Oct 24, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Alana Barfield two-time contestant on Naked and Afraid. She's going to defend against internet trolls, tell us the reality of reality tv, bullies us, and organizes our sock draw to get us ready for the zombie apocalypse or whatever comes next...

  • What to do if you find a ravine full of M&Ms
  • Dealing with people in a survival situation
  • How a lack of food shuts down your brain in a survival scenario
  • Surviving exaggerated emotions and conflicts
  • The time she almost tapped out
  • The time her fishing pole got stolen
  • How the experience of 40 days naked and afraid impacted her preps
  • Why she may never eat mangos again
  • The importance of spices in your preps you're overlooking
  • There is no TGIF in the sticks
  • The negative publicity of being edited to a bitch on TV
  • The reality of reality tv
  • Crazy people stalking and calling her mom
  • Propositional letters from prison
  • Propositional letters from Russian admirers
  • Butt-hurt Americans
  • Lessons on dealing with the "I'm coming to your house crowd effectively
  • Turning your passions, and quirks, it into a business

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Oct 17, 2016

In this episode, we welcome back James Price. He's going to share with us real-world lessons learned on survival from refugee camps and shit hitting the fan.

~ Topics Discussed

* IDP - Internally Displaced Person
* The bathroom situation
* Bleach and bleach alternatives for killing germs and staying healthy
* Things you may not have considered about water and transporting water
* The number one thing you showed have on hand that most people don't
* How to train for the worst and be prepared for when anything goes wrong

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Oct 10, 2016

In this episode, it’s just you and me. And I’m going to answer your burning questions.

Many of the questions coming in by email are often the same. So today's episode shares the answers with everyone.

* What’s the best breed of rabbit for meat production?
* If you could do the farm all over again, what would you do differently?
* Do you ever think about ending the show?
* What’s YOUR go-to rifle?
* Where do you find the time to practice all the stuff you cover on the show?
* How can I convince my wife prepping is ok?
* How are you voting for?

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Oct 3, 2016

In this episode, Jason and I sit down to discuss an update on his cattle ranching adventure, alligator wrestling, the end of the ITRH farm, and surviving middle age.

For new listeners, Jason is one of the co-hosts of the show. Married life, work, and the addition of a baby girl ate up his free time. He now makes a seasonal guest appearance to chat the audience up on his survival projects. His largest and most recent project is in small-scale cattle ranching.

~ Topics Discussed:

* Why Jason was wrestling alligators recently
* What has become of the ITRH Urban Farm
* Lessons learned from urban farming predators
* What's the current state Jason's micro-ranching project
* Lessons learned from animal husbandry and small-scale cattle ranching

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Sep 26, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Michael Jordan of A Bee Friendly Company. Usually, Michael tells us all about beekeeping. But instead, we're going to talk about perhaps one of the best things you can make with Honey: Mead.

~ Mead Episode Topics:

* What has Michael Jordan, the Bee Whisperer, been up to?
* What is mead?
* What is the history of mead?
* How is mead different from beer?
* What is the process of making homemade mead?
* What are the ingredients used to brew mead?
* Is mead hard to make at home?
* What equipment is needed to make mead?
* How long does it take to brew mead?
* How long does mead keep?

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Sep 19, 2016

In this episode, we go back one more time to the vault for Homeschooling part II with the Davis's.

Before we get started, this is a rebroadcast of episode 79. We were going to do a fresh episode this week, but so many of you wrote in asking for part II to be replayed. So here it is remastered and reloaded for your listening pleasure.

Next week we'll be getting loopy on home made mead in the zombie apocalypse.

Homeschooling Topics Tackled:

* Myths about homeschooling.
* Myths new homeschool parents fall victim to.
* One of the funniest “where do babies come from” conversations.
* How much time in a day kids need to spend in class.
* The museum as a classroom with free teacher’s aids.
* How much time and commitment it really takes to educate your kids at home.
* and other great lessons from a veteran homeschooler and educator.

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Sep 12, 2016

In this episode, we go back into the archives for lessons in homeschooling. This is part one of the two-part series on homeschooling with Suanna and Ron Davis. You'll hear myths busted, challenges accepted, and how it works when one parent works and the other teaches.

E186 a rebroadcast of E59, no longer in the public feed.


* Why is homeschooling children a viable option?
* Will my child be socially inept?
* Societal stigmas
* Homeschooling Pros and Cons
* Are there legal issues homeschoolers have to contend with?
* Does homeschooling hurt a child's chances of getting into college?
* Where should parents start with homeschooling?

Anyway, with that. Let's hear from the Davis's.

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Sep 5, 2016

In this episode, we go deep into the ITRH vault to hear a classic not available in the public feed, episode 38. You’ll hear from the late great Scout, head of the Texas chapter of Project Appleseed. And I’m joined by co-host Jonathan who helped found ITRH. We all discuss what I still consider the best traditional rifle marksmanship program.

Whether you are a new shooter, a seasoned hunter, or tactically trained, Appleseed will teach you something and improve your rifle skills. However, Project Appleseed's rifle marksmanship instruction is only a piece of the lessons learned. Attendees also learn about early American History, what a true rifleman (or woman) is, and meet some amazing quality people along the way.

Project Appleseed attendees come from all walks of life and political backgrounds. It’s a place for learning and community building.


* What Project Appleseed is.
* What Project Appleseed is NOT.
* Who can attend and what it costs.
* Does Project Appleseed have any political affiliations?
* The rifle marksmanship taught by Project Appleseed.
* The history taught by Project Appleseed.
* Patriotic Duties
* Personal Responsibility

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Aug 29, 2016

In this episode, we welcome back Author Devon Porter. But today we won’t be discussing dystopian fiction. Instead, he shares with use all the delicious good news of growing your own bacon and become a pig farmer.

* Why would a prepare or homesteader want to raise pigs?
* Which breeds of pigs are the best?
* What is the easiest breed of pig to raise for the hobbyist?
* What is a basic setup to get started with pig farming?
* Do pigs really need wallows?
* What kind of fencing do pigs need?
* What does a hobby pig farmer use for pig feed?
* How can a small pig farmer get into selling pork?
* Should you ever name your pigs?
* What are the ins and outs of breeding pigs?
* At what age should your harvest your pigs?

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Aug 24, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with author Mathew Gilman. He's going to share with us a glimpse into his book Home Front and more.

Episode Topics:

* What got him into writing?
* What draws him to dystopian fiction?
* How did he become a prepper?
* What is the book Homefront about and how does it start?
* Does he write books to teach survival or does survival just become part of the story?
* What’s the best $100 dollars he's ever spent on preparedness?
* What’s the best preparedness advice he's ever received?
* What’s his go-to rifle?
* What can readers expect from him in the near future?

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Aug 22, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Dan. We’re going to discuss a free specialized news web tool designed to keep you informed of dangers.

~ Survival News Topics Covered:

* What is Future Danger?
* How do they stay on top of news?
* How is this different than say Drudge Report?
* How does the news and threat heat mapping work?
* How is the way they display new specialised for those concerned with threats?
* Using Open Source intelligence
* Examples of threats in the news
* Threat Briefing Topics by FOMag:

~ The Shadow Brokers, NSA, and Edward Snowden:

* The Russian agenda to destroy NATO
* US National Counter Intelligence and Security Center and the threat to critical infrastructure and supply chains
* Learn to stay on top of threats to your safety with Forward Observer Weekly Intelligence Report.

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Aug 15, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Stefan Gleason. He’s going to share with us his deep knowledge of the precious metals market. It’s a long overdue episode, and you’ll learn all the basics of buying gold or silver for your prepper stash.

~ Precious Metals for Preppers Topics: ~

* What role do precious metals play in a good preparedness plan?
* What was the Gold Standard?
* How has the USA going off the gold standard impacted our paper money and inflation?
* What is the "War on Gold"?
* Would things ever get bad enough for us to need gold or silver for barter?
* What are the tax implications for doing business in gold or silver?
* How to get started with physical gold and silver?
* Gold vs. Silver for preppers: Why one over the other?
* What's the best value -- rounds, bars, or coins?
* Are rare, collectible, or proof coins a good buy or a dangerous venture?
* What's the best gold or silver buying strategy for preppers?
* How do individuals sell gold and silver?
* How to choose a precious metals dealer.
* What are ETFs?
* Can you be the custodian and physically hold your gold or silver in an IRA?


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Aug 10, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with author David Kershner. He’s going to tell us about his book series, how he came to writing, and a glimpse into how a global cascading civilization failure might happen.

~ Episode Topics Covered ~

* Who is David Kershner?
* What's his writing process like?
* What would life look like in a farming and food collapse?
* How could a food failure cause an economic collapse?
* How a food AND economic collapse could lead to a socio-political collapse?
* What do an EMP and a food collapse have to do with one another?
* How the heck does he keep all the moving parts of a story straight?
* What's his go-to rifle?
* What's his go-to zombie apocalypse comfort food?
* What apocalyptic scenario keeps David up at night?
* What does the future hold for David's books?

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Aug 8, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Justin Carroll of Prepper Opsec. We’re going to deep dive on your physical security so you can keep yourself and family safe.

Physical Security Topics Discussed:

* Tricks to keep would-be robbers from knowing your patterns
* Restricting access to your most important things
* Securing your home
* Understanding deadbolts and what to look for in a good one
* Picking a better door for your security
* The most overlooked ways locks are defeated by thugs and thieves
* Does seclusion equal security?
* What kind of fence is best for security
* Are you hiding your key right where the crooks expect you too?
* Understanding Safes, their ratings, and the right one for you
* And more

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Aug 3, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Kermit author of the Prepper Pete Series. We’re going to discuss teaching kids to prepare without scaring the crap out of them.

Kids Preparedness Topics Discussed:

* How does Kermit get into the "Writer's Zone"?
* Why is he so heavily focus on kids books?
* What inspired him to write the book Prepper Pete Prepares?
* Why is teaching kids about preparedness important?
* Where does Prepper Pete Prepares start?
* What is the worst things parents can do when discussing preparedness with their kids?
* What changes in the way people prepare when they have kids?

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Aug 1, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Gary of the Guns Over Texas Radio podcast. We’re going to discuss what the future may hold, black lives matter, blue lives matter, all lives matter, and what may be one of the most serious disconnects of our generation.

Topics Discussed:

* MTV's really racist article on the really really racist history of gun control
* Black Lives Matter
* Blue Lives Matter
* All Lives Matter
* What does it all mean
* How can we finally hear each other
* And what's going on with Guns Over Texas Radio

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Jun 23, 2016

In this episode, we discuss tips for having a product and persuasive debate on guns and rights. It's easy to throw talking points at one another, but how can we make our time well spent? We'll break it down with 7 tips and share a recent letter to a friend you may find helpful both in points made and things not to do.


How to Discuss Guns Productively:

First, there are questions you should ask yourself before you get into one of these conversations or debates.

Why is this important to you?

Why should others care about it?

Is what you know hearsay? Are you just regurgitating someone else’s talking points? Or have you done the fact finding for yourself?

On this last one, statistics get thrown around a lot. It’s often easy to find numbers that add up to “I’m right.”

But you have to ask the hard questions of the numbers you’re using. Can you poke holes in them? Can they be legitimately argued against?

The 7:

  1. Don’t bother with those you have no hope of reaching. (pigs roll in the mud. You get dirty and they love it.)
  2. Don’t dogpile on a person.
  3. Listen carefully.
  4. Understand people are speaking from a place of fear and ignorance.
  5. Remove name calling and otherwise ad hominem attacks from the way your approach conversations.
  6. Have depth to your points and stay away from the “because the 2nd”.
    • Why is it important?
    • What can it mean to the other person; not you.
    • Remember, you’re wrapping a lot of knowledge into little packages. The only people who really know what you’re talking about are the people who already agree with you.
  7. Don’t verbally vomit on people--use proportional responses.

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May 25, 2016

In this ITRH book club episode we sit down with author Bobby Akart. We discuss his books, how he came to being a prepper, and how he wraps preparedness lessons into his books for you.

Topics Discussed with author Bobby Akart:

  • How did Bobby come to writing?
  • What authors inspire him?
  • How does the Brahmin series start?
  • What is the "Prepping for Tomorrow" series about?
  • How does he overcome the challange of story telling and teaching at the same time?
  • Why does he think his books resonated with so many people?
  • What is he personally prepping for?
  • What is his prepper pet peeve?
  • What is his go to rifle?
  • What can readers expect from him in the futre?

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E175: Author Bobby Akart Interview

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