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Sep 18, 2017

We sit down with author Sara Hathaway; the creator of Day After Disaster and The Changing Earth series. She shares with us her writing story and thoughts on female preppers.

Female preppers tend to be greatly outnumbered by their male counter parts. Most informal reports put the percentages at 30% female and 70% male.

The disparity between sexes is also evident in prepper fiction. It is dominated by male characters -- often overly stylized super soldier types. And this get's boring after a while. So when something, anything, different comes along, we tend to take notice.

Author Sara Hathaway is herself a female prepper. And she's damn proud of it -- as she should be. So her crafting a series of prepper fiction books featuring a strong female character is no surprise.

But some women's reactions to Sara's works are rather surprising. Listen in to hear this and many other topics...

Author Sara Hathaway:

  • Who is she
  • How did she become a writer
  • What is Sara's go to rifle in the apocalypse
  • If she could only have one thing in a collapse, what would it be
  • What's the best $100 she's ever spent on preparedness

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Sep 11, 2017

In this episode, we're joined by author Glen Martin to discuss navigation skills for preppers and survivalists.

Navigation skills are an often overlooked skill. Partly this is due to the perception of it being a non-sexy skill. And this may also be due to the perceived difficulting in learning and practicing the skill.

But it turns out, it’s easier than you might think. And there are some fun tricks. This includes one where your dog tries to tell you which way is north in an exceptionally odd way.

~ Navigation Skills for Preppers Topics Discussed:

* His backstory
* Why Martin wrote <em>Prepper's Survival Navigation</em>
* The case for learning how to navigate overland
* Teaching kids about how to navigate overland
* Talent vs pure skill
* Simple exercises for learning and retaining the skill
* Why not simply use a GPS and forget about learning the skill
* Wilderness survival tips for in case you get lost

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Sep 4, 2017

We sit down with Daisy Luther from the Organic Prepper. She’s going to tell us how canning can make a huge impact in our lives.

Canning is a topic we've not given much love to, unfortunately. In fact, there's never been an ITRH episode dedicated to it. And this is a large oversight on our part. The skill of canning is important. It can play a large part in getting your pantry stocked, preserving the food you grow, and even saving you money.

The truth is this: It intimidated us a bit because you hear all sorts of warnings about things exploding and people dying from botulism. And it's not a sexy activity like shooting. So we consistently put off engaging in or talking about it.

But as it turns out, this isn't as hard or as dangerous as some might think. Daisy tells us all about it

~ Canning for Preppers Topics Discussed:

* Daisy's story
* The biggest obstacle people experience
* Why we should invest the time and energy
* Advantages of doing it yourself vs. buying canned goods at the store
* The typical cost to start
* Supplies list
* Kids and canned foods

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Aug 28, 2017

Financial prognosticator John Pugliano drops by to warn us of the robot revolution and Skynet taking your job. And, he’ll offer advice on how to be the John Connor of your own financial future.

Automation is quickly becoming the new boogie man in the media. This isn't without good reason: the robot revolution is on and many are killing off old steadfast jobs. Most often, we hear about this in

Most often, we hear about this in fast-food chains like McDonald's. And its rise is wrongly attributed to minimum wage hikes. These robots were coming regardless or raising the minimum wage, truth be told.

These robots were coming regardless or raising the minimum wage, truth be told. Employees have always been the number one liability and expense any business has. Robots, on the other hand, do not complain, call in "sick" (aka hung over), or do any number of other things employers and managers grind their teeth over. Not to say all employees do this, but it is a daily issue.

So this raises a few questions:

Will the robots free us or destroy civilization?

Which jobs will survive?

How will be the real winners and who will be the big losers in the coming wave of robot automation in the workplace?

Tune in to find out...

~ Robot Revolution and Automation Topics Discussed:~ 

  * BitCoin and Crypto Currency Futures

  * Historical examples of automation

  * Creative destruction

  * Luddites of days gone by and present times

  * Entrepreneurial thinking that may save you

  * The Gold and Silver outlook you might not expect to hear

  * The likely hood of a welfare state and Universal Basic Income

  * Why John believes the future is bright for entrepreneurs


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Aug 21, 2017

We sit down with author CA Rudolph to discuss his book series What's Left of My World, his writing process, and survival lessons for Dads.

What would it take to raise a strong female prepper? Two out of three hosts of ITRH struggle with this. The third just hasn't made any little preppers yet. So this is an important question for us, as of late.

But this also speaks to a big piece of our community who tend to be under represented. Women are a minority in prepper circles.

Perhaps men are wired to worry more about proactive survival measures. Maybe most of the personalities and information available just doesn't speak to them. Yet, figuring this out and including more women in preparedness is very important.

Whatever the reasons, the first step is for Dad's and Mom's to take an active role in raising female preppers. So maybe more prepper fiction with strong female prepper character is a way to do something about this. And CA Rudolph's part in this is What's Left of My World. So let's find out more about...

CA Rudolph Shares What's Left of My World:

* The inspiration for What's Left of My World
* Crafting bad guys to make you think
* Authors who inspired him
* When fiction becomes nonfiction and the implications
* His favorite non-prepper books
* His favorite prepper fiction books
* How he came to be a prepper/survivalist and backpacker
* The plot of What's Left of My World
* Why he wrote it
* Why the lead character in his book is a young woman
* The deeper meaning of the book
* The Prepper Dad's struggle

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Aug 14, 2017

Justin Carroll stops by to discuss his bug out vehicle. To Justin, it's not a BOV; it's home, freedom, practical, and an adventure.

We're big on preparedness solutions with practical uses even if the zombie apocalypse doesn't happen. Gear and changes you make to your life should be something that makes your life better in the now. Doing things exclusively for an apocalypse become a burden otherwise. This makes Justin's approach perfect for bug out vehicles, opinion.

You see, Justin travels all over the US teaching digital and physical security. And he's also still young and unattached. So the opportunity to turn work into an extended road trip just made sense.

And, in the process, Justin has built what most of us would consider an awesome bug out vehicle.

But this hasn't been an easy, straightforward process. He's wrestled with all sorts of issues and challenges. Most of these things he overcame.

He joins us to share his trials, tribulations, triumphs, and secrets to talking to people about his unique living arrangements. (You won't believe people's reaction to this.)

Bug Out Vehicle Topics Discussed:

* Where and how this all started
* What van he started with and what kind of van he's ended up with
* Insulation
* Solar power for RVs
* Sound proofing an RV
* Building a nice kitchen
* Wiring Considerations
* How everything to do with water is the biggest limiting factor
* How to handle not having a bathroom in your bug out vehicle (clever trick)
* The process of turning a van into a livable BOV
* Design considerations and inspiration
* The single most important piece of advice Justin has for anyone getting into this
* Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?

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Aug 7, 2017

We sit back down with Joey King of to find out what happened after BitCoin forked into BitCoin and BitCoin Cash. We'll also discuss what to do next and what the future for the two crypto currencies may hold.

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Aug 7, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with Joey King; BitCoin blogger and developer. He’s going to tell us all about BitCoin and the fate of money as we know it.

Several years ago, Joey left his fortune 100 job to pursue his passion for BitCoin. Since then he's become a figure and influencer in the movement. And he's just getting warmed up.

The world of cryptocurrency is a huge subject. And this will be the beginning of many episodes on the topic. Although, we were the first in the survival podcast community to dive into the topic and say "we're in" long ago.

Although, we were the first in the survival podcast community to dive into the topic and say "we're in" long ago. But it's been so long since our first episode on the topic we'll need to start at the start.

So, we pick back up where we left off all those years ago. We'll discuss what crypto-currency is, the existing scams, pitfalls, politics, drama, and possible futures.

This will be a high-level episode. We'll stay out of the deep weeds of daily use. And there'll be something to learn and enjoy for everyone regardless of your interest in owning cryptocurrency.

~ BitCoin Survival Topics Discussed:

* How Joey became so interested in BitCoin he left his fortune 100 job to become a developer
* What is cryptocurrency
* What is digital scarcity and why is it at the root of all of this
* Is Bitcoin good
* Is Bitcoin evil
* Will it destroy the dollar and civilization as we know it
* Can your mother use Bitcoin and the evolution of usability
* Hardware wallets
* Software wallets
* Exchanges
* Ether, Dash, Light Coin, other cryptocurrencies, and why they exist
* How it can certain types
* Going beyond currency with a glimpse at what the blockchain really is and can do
* The future of cryptocurrency

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Jul 23, 2017

Night Vision for preppers: Own the night and see bad things before they can see you. These are the phrases often used to describe the technology for tactical applications. And it's an enticing premise.

Who wouldn't want the advantage and superpower of seeing in the dark? It would be a game changer should polite society ever skid out of control.

But many preppers end up with sticker shock as soon as they begin investigating night vision. And is seemingly creates a perceived need out of reach for most.

And most preppers don't stop to ask if night vision makes sense. It could easily become an expensive toy that sits in a drawer only to be occasionally played with and never pressed into services as a life-saving tool.

So this brings up the question: How do you decide if night vision for preppers makes sense? And what generation is even worth the investment? And then there's thermal. The mind swirls with indecisiveness.

We'll clear this up.

~ Night Vision for Preppers Topics Discussed:

* Usable Night Vision Generations
* Why Gen 1 Sucks
* Why Autogating is a must for urban applications
* Thermal Imagining
* Swooning for SWIR imaging
* Highbrid Thermal and Night-vision systems
* Tactical applications and use for night-vision

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Jul 5, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by Josh to discuss traveling with guns and knives. He’s a long-time private security professional who has been all over the world.

Traveling with guns can be a tricky subject, and so can knives. However, it’s not as difficult as you may think. It’s often rather easy, in fact.

But it’s extremely important to understand the laws of all the areas you’re traveling through. Sometimes cities have stricter laws than the states they’re in. And sometimes they’re the same. It’s your responsibility to know what’s what; ignorance of the law is not a defense.

There are also better sources to get your information from than others. So you have to be careful to ensure the information on gun and knife laws you’re getting is up to date and accurate.

This is a summer short episode that turned into nearly a full-length episode. Josh is a long-time friend of the show, and we decided to fulfill an Armada member request for a drunk episode. You’ve been warned: This episode was recorded intoxicated, at 1 AM, and then released without editing.

Traveling with Guns and Knives Topics Discussed:

  • How much we’ve had to drink while making the episode
  • Traveling with guns on commercial airlines
  • Things not to do at the check-in counter
  • Traveling with knives
  • Understanding gun and knife laws when the differ by state and city

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May 15, 2017

In E217, we sit down with James Price to discuss tactical schools and training. He’s going to lift up the skirt on the tactical training industry and show us what’s going on. He’s also going to share with us where many of us are training for the wrong thing in the wrong way.

We begin and end every episode with a special message. It’s our motto and the thing ITRH promises. In fact, it’s the ITRH tag line: Stay safe and sound!

The show is weighed towards the Safe part of that tagline. The subjects about staying safe are the fun and exciting topics to cover, after all.

But it’s important to address the Sound part from time to time. Sound, as ITRH uses it, means sound in mind. This unpacks to doing things for the right reasons, preparing for and nailing down our preps starting with the most likely, and making the most out of the limited time and resources we all have.

Now, about a decade ago you would have found Jonathan, Jason, and myself feverishly looking up tactical schools and gear. But there was a problem with what we were doing: We were acquiring skills starting from the least likely. This can also be said about the gear we were acquiring.

This episode addresses that. My scope of what I’m concerned about and see as possible are broader than James’. But the core message is the same: Train the way we prepare; start with and master the most likely first.

Tactical Schools and Lies:

  • Why training like a Navy Seal, Delta Force, Green Berret, Ranger, or Force Recon operator is all WRONG for civilians
  • Bad tactical marketing
  • Training for defense and realistic scenarios
  • What does being a "good" shooter mean
  • The lies tactical schools tell to sell
  • Using math and probability for advantage over your attacker
  • The specialized training your attacker has that you don't and who this will give the advantage to them
  • Understanding fun experience vs. survival skills
  • Why and how women should be trained differently than men and how it's not a misogynistic viewpoint
  • The best tactical training for civilians

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Note: ITRH is technically on summer break. The show will be back in full swing for seasons 7 starting August 7th. In the meantime, you will receive an ITRH summer shorts episode every three weeks. Then, August 7th, we’ll be back.



May 1, 2017

In this book club episode, we're joined by author Zack Lynn to discuss surviving on a sailboat in the zombie apocalypse.

Surviving on a Sailboat in a bugout scenario presents several advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include not being stuck in a bunker with now windows, fishing, and mobility, to name a few. But you are constrained by the weight of the times you can store, inclement weather, and bobbing zombies.

There's also considerations about what kind of boat. And many other considerations.

Years, back we explored sailboats as an option for both living and bugging out. But we never fully addressed life on a sailboat in a grid down and hostile environment.

Zombies, as we've said in the past, provide an interesting and highly complicated scenario forcing deep thought and extensive nuanced consideration. So it's ripe for thought experiments most other situations don't present.

As it turns out, Zack has spent lots of time considering just such a situation. He even wrote a book about it.

~ The Author, Book, and Surviving on a Sailboat Discussed: ~

* How he became a writer
* Authors that inspire Zack
* What prompted Zack to become a prepper
* Where the inspiration for the book came from
* How the book starts
* Why zombies
* The upside of surviving on a sailboat
* The downside of surviving on a sailboat
* How writing this book changed the way he and his family prepare
* The main character's go-to long gun and why
* What's the best $100 he's ever spent on preparedness

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Apr 24, 2017

In this episode, James Price shares with us his trade secrets for securing your home like a high-value safe house.

For new listeners, James is a veteran executive protection consultant with over a decade of experience as a high-priced civilian security contractor in the Middle East and Far East Asia. James gives his expert opinion on the mistakes you are probably making with regard to home safety; some key elements you need to consider to evaluate the safety of your house; the security systems he recommends; and what you can do to protect your home when you are away.

~ Securing your Home and Making it a Safe House Topics: ~

* Who is James and what does he do
* How did James get into executive protection
* What would you say is the number one thing people do to open themselves up to being a target at home
* When evaluating a structure for security issues, what are the primary things you look for
* How often should a regular person do some kind of perimeter check on their home
* When you're setting up security systems, what are your must-have pieces? (i.e. video, motion)
* What realistic limitations should people be aware of with security systems that aren’t backed by an on-site security team
* When away from home, what do people do that make their home target
* What non-lethal tools do you find effective in personal defense
* The one mistake you are probably making that is increasing your chances of becoming the victim of a home invasion.
* Some of the things James looks at when he is evaluating a home’s safety
* Why you should have contrasting shutters for your home
* What you can do to improve the security of your doors and windows
* An important, but often over-looked element of personal security
* The first thing James does to improve the security of a place
* Two important times when you should do a perimeter check
* James’ must-have pieces for an ideal security system
* Where you should place motion sensors
* Why the placement of your security cameras is probably wrong and where you should put them instead
* Why a security system is like a fire alarm
* What you can do to secure your home while you’re away
* Some tips for staying safe in hotel rooms
* A few non-lethal defensive measures you can put in place
* How satin bedsheets and fog machines can increase the safety of your home
* What you should use instead of pepper spray for home safety, and how
* James’ top tips for keeping your home safe and secure

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Apr 17, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with Cal Wilson. He’s an attorney by day and a prepper author by night. We discuss his new book about an EMP attack and life afterward. If you think this is just another EMP book, you may be in for a surprise. Tigers and Gorillas included at no extra charge.

EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulses) is now and have been for a while, a hot Prepper topics. EMPs as an antagonist are in many ways like Zombies A perfect villain with all the pitfalls needed to scare the crap out of you. And they present a wonderland of problems to contend with.

But, unlike Zombies, EMPs are this side of catastrophes that are possible. The technology, will, and opportunity exists.

Most of the serious and balanced minds in prep have long since considered an EMP to be an outlier scenario, however. While the tech and will exists, the technological hurdles have long been considered too great for most aggressors.

Cal Wilson sides with William R. Forstchen and others. And he shows us all the ways an EMP attack isn't just possible, but probably, in his latest work: E.M.P.: The End Of The Grid As We Know It (All At Once Book 1)

~ EMP Attack Topics Discussed: ~

* Who is author Cal Wilson
* How he came to writing
* Why Cal chose EMP Attacks as the antagonist for his most recent book
* The history of EMP Attack research
* What zoo animals have to do with TEOTWAWKI
* The current state of research on the topic
* What will happen to Nuclear Power plants after an attack
* Preparing for life after an EMP Attack

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Apr 13, 2017

In this episode, we discuss survival skills people should be focusing on most. This is a back-to-basics episode good for new preppers and prodding old timers.

There’s a topic that keeps coming up more and more in the conversations I have with friends that are survival industry professionals. People don't get enough instruction and training. Instead, they go straight for gear and ignore what will actually keep them alive in a disaster: Skills.

So we’ll cover six basic survival skills areas every prepper should have locked down. You see, most of us tend to focus our prepper time and money on gear. And the hard truth is this: Skills will almost always be more valuable in a survival situation than gear. So most of us should be spending more our time and money on acquiring survival skills rather than increasing the size of our pile-o-prepper-shit.

Survival Skills Discussed:

  • Outdoor Skills
    • Why these skills are less important than most might think
    • Where to find them on the cheap
    • How to find instructors
    • Firemaking
    • Backpacking
    • Camping
  • Medical
    • First Aid, CPR, and AED
    • EMT Basic
    • Wilderness EMT Basic
  • Search & Rescue
  • Community
  • Communications, there is only one
  • Guns
    • Traditional
    • Tactical
    • Training on care and maintenance
  • Organizations and groups that are great for getting skills from
    • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
    • CAP (Civil Air Patrol)
    • Project Appleseed
    • NRA

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Special Note:

A very important message: We’re coming up on summer. That means ITRH will go on summer break start May 1st. ITRH Will return for the next season August 7th, 2017. If you are new around here, ITRH Goes on summer break every year in May and Returns in August. During the summer we will drop a short episode every three or four weeks to wet your appetite and keep your feed live. We call these the ITRH Summer shorts. The show is not going away; we’re just taking a little summer break to recharge the batteries and work on our prepper projects.

Apr 3, 2017
In this episode, we discuss how much ammo to store. This will be a short back to basics show. People often wrestle with how much ammo is enough. Today, we try to put things into perspective.
Ten thousand rounds of stored ammo is a number you'll find often in online discussions about how much ammo to store. And at first blush, to new preppers, ten thousand rounds seem totally reasonable. We are preparing for SHTF and TEOTWAWKI, right?
But rarely is this number justified. And when the ten thousand rounds ammo storage answer is justified, it's usually for unrealistic reasons.

So in this back-to-basics episode, we'll discuss what to take into consideration rather than an exact number. And we'll do a thought experiment to investigate how much ammo to store. The result may change your mind and perspective on the topic.

And we'll quickly cover a basic gun battery so we have all our ducks in a row.

Debating How Much Ammo to Store

  • The four guns that make up a basic gun battery
  • Why .22 is such a versatile staple round of preparedness
  • How much ammo would you go through in a year after a societal collapse
  • Storing home defense ammo
  • Storing practice ammo
  • Storing hunting Ammo
  • Why everyone gets it wrong when considering how much ammo to store
  • Lessons we can learn from survivors of modern collapses
  • When avoidance and evasion are a better strategy than getting into a gunfight
  • Why you're likely to never see a prolonged gun battle in a collapse
  • Factoring ammo storage into your bugout plans
  • Using ammo as a barter item
  • Why you should be storing ammo

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Mar 27, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with author Franklin Horton to discuss his book series The Borrowed World. It’s a story about an everyday non-super-ninja guy who finds himself far from home and surviving a terrorist attack and it's crippling effects. And the book wrestles with something many of us worry about: What if SHTF while I'm traveling?

What would you do if you were hundreds of miles from home and a terrorist attack crippled the nation? If you had to walk home, could you make the arduous trek on foot?

These questions often weigh on my mind when traveling. Thoughts of how to get home and what would happen to loved ones during that period run wild through my mind.

Your thoughts turn to where and how to procure improvised survival tools, obtaining firearms, and how crazy would people be along the way. There are a lot of variables. And most of the outcomes are harsh at best.

Fortunately, Horton shared the same thoughts and wrote a whole series of prepper fiction around this idea.

~ Topics from The Borrowed World Discussed:

* Who is author Franklin Horton
* How he got into writing
* How he got into prepping
* What he does in his day job and how it played a role in crafting the Borrowed World series
* How surviving a terrorist attack sets the state for the series
* How a love backpacking can inform a prepper's gear decisions
* What's the best $100 dollars he ever spent on prepp and the piece of gear he feels is most important
* How he wove practical survival information into the story without making it a technical manual
* The biggest takeaway he wants readers to get from these books
* What are his EDC essential items
* Which authors inspire Franklin Horton
* His prepper pet peeves
* His go to apocalypse rifle

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Mar 20, 2017

James Price is back with the real life-saving skills that may save your life today. We discuss skills you should start practicing today. They're probably not what you think.

Many of us in the survival and preparedness community focus on tactical skills. But are we ignoring other less sexy life-saving skills which could enhance our hard skills?

The answer: Probably yes. Most of us probably are ignoring these skills or letting them atrophy.

We've discussed some of these types of skills in the past. But, recently during training people for missions, he's noticed some skill gaps that are causing real problems in their tactical skills. These are things that could undermine your training and hard skills. And you may be surprised to hear what they are.

Topics around soft Life-saving skills we Discuss and Rant about:

* How soft life skills enhance hard tactical skills
* Defining "Hard Skills"
* Defining "Soft Skills"
* How social skills and team building plays into staying alive in an SHTF scenario
* How arguing becomes counterproductive to team building
* Calculating net gain
* The importances of understanding, practicing, and implementing effective communication skills
* How "Coms are life"
* The rule of threes in high-stress communications
* Weird lessons learned from paintball competitions between cops vs. firefighters
* What causes your brain to shut down in a life or death scenario
* Learning to fail well and learn from it
* What DVM HASF is and isn't
* What to never ask James about

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Mar 13, 2017

In this episode, we welcome back Justin Carrol. He’s going to share with us the reality of Vault 7 WikiLeak domestic spying info dump. And we answer the question: Is your smart home sending the CIA and NSA pictures of your pepper junk.

First of all, some argue we're living in the age of George Orwell's 1984. Others would claim we are fast approaching Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. We posit the present and future seems like it will be more like This Perfect Day by Ira Levin.

The reality is domestic spying is here, regardless of what it looks like exactly. And it is being conducted by corporations and government agencies alike, as it turns out.

But, most noteworthy, there are measures you can take to protect yourself. And we discuss all of this in this episode:

Vault 7 WikiLeaks and Domestic Spying Topics Discussed:

  • First, what is the Vault 7 WikiLeaks dump
  • The difference between how Chelsea Manning leaked information and how Edward Snowden leaked information
  • What will other spy agencies do with the WikiLeaks release
  • Is the Vault 7 WikiLeaks release a severe security risk for our country
  • Why does Vault 7 and other leaks matter
  • The real-world limitations of intelligence gather, processing, and domestic spying
  • The real hacking capabilities of the CIA and the implications on your privacy
  • Using out of band communication techniques to protect your confidentiality and tinfoil hat
  • The Utah Data Center status
  • How vulnerable the average person is
  • Basic steps preppers can take to secure their computers and communications
  • Are our smart homes sending the CIA and NSA pictures of our prepper junk
  • Is Google spying on you
  • The DDOS threat from smart home devices
  • The future of domestic spying
  • Why your metadata matters more than you think

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Feb 27, 2017

In this episode, Aaron goes back to basics with a short episode on the trio of bags for survival: Bug-out bags, car bags, and EDC Bags. A Bug-out bag is where new peppers tend to focus their early attention.

And they tend to end up looking like something equipped for the zombie apocalypse. But bug-out bags should be much more straightforward. They are intended to allow you fast eagles and sustain you for up to 72-hours.

Your EDC Bag, on the other hand, is the bag you should devote most of your attention. It's the bag:

  • You're most likely to have with you when something goes wrong
  • Is used the most
  • And must be carefully considered due to the restrictions on size and weight

And next in priority is the car bag: A mini-bug-out bag intended to get you back home.

Note: The items in bags for survival are very personal. This episode does not contain an exhaustive list. But it is intended to get you thinking about the right way to view and work with these types of bags.

Bags for Survival Topics Discussed:

  • Bug-out Bags

    • two to three sets of clothes
    • Good pair of gloves
    • A way to store one to two liters of water
    • A way to purify water - tablets or a filter
    • A flashlight and batteries
    • Phone charger and cables
    • An extra credit card and cash
    • A liter or matches
    • Small first aid kit
    • A pack of important papers and copies of identification in a watertight bag
    • Multi-tool
    • Duct-tape
  • Car Bag

    • Same as Bug-out-bag, but for one to two days
    • Think of this bag as the bag you use to get home if you had to leave your vehicle and walk home
    • Include a pair of old sneakers or hiking boots
    • Extra map in a waterproof bag
    • Mole Skins
    • The long skinny single strap rectangular bags work well for cars and will usually fit under a seat
  • EDC Bag

    • Water bottle one litter to 1.5 litters
    • Emergency money back with a card and cash
    • Notepad with emergency contact numbers
    • Gloves
    • Handkerchief
    • A liter or matches
    • Small first-aid kit with lip balm and dental floss and Mole Skins
    • Small pack of wet wipes
    • Emergency sleeping bag - Mylar
    • Multi-tool
    • Backup battery and charging cables + USB car cigaret lighter adapter
    • Optional Items Aaron Mentions
      • Lock picks
      • Hearing protection (I’ve gotten to the range a few times and used mine)
      • Two extra pistol magazines
      • Signal Mirror
      • Extra locking blade knife



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Feb 20, 2017

In this episode, we discuss making a little money through urban farming with your buddy Michael Jordan the Bee Whisperer. It’s not as hard as you may think.

Many of us in the preparedness community have small, medium, and even larger urban farms. They're perfect for building survival skills, building a food storage pantry, and becoming more self-reliant with an urban farm. And getting out and putting your hands in some dirt or raising animals can be relaxing.

But what do you do when you start producing excess. You may be sitting on extra cash or a side hustle and not even realize. You just have to like money and be willing to put in some effort.

A few years ago now, we had a very respectable urban farm with chickens and rabbits. When we got to 40 chickens and 40 rabbits we were producing more than we needed or wanted. We talked at length about selling the excess, but selling rabbit meat and eggs proved problematic due to local and federal laws. And we weren't sure where to start.

Urban Farming Topics Discussed

  • Being aware of laws in your area
  • What animals work well for urban farming
  • Different products from your urban farm you can sell
  • Some of the ways you can sell your products to make an income
  • How to get around health department laws regarding meet
  • How to hide bees, chickens, quail, and rabbits, so others do not know you have them
  • Why a dehydrator is an urban farmers friend
  • How using FREE Brewer's spent grain is your friend

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Feb 13, 2017

Gary Collins is back with more off grid shenanigans, misadventures, and advice. You'll get the ins and outs for when you're ready to build out that perfect bug out location.

Bug Out Locations and retreat cabins usually can't be grid tied due to their remote nature. And most preppers would rather their home away from home be self-sufficient should SHTF.

But going Off-grid isn't as easy as TV makes it look. There are lots of things to consider, building contractors aren't often well versed in the materials or techniques, and permitting can be a nightmare. And sourcing the building materials and alternative energy equipment isn't always as straightforward as one might think.

Fortunately, Garry shares his experiences, advice, do's and don'ts, and a whole lot more on what it takes to build an off-grid bug out retreat. He's got some much knowledge on the topic; he even wrote a book about it.

~ Off-Grid Home Topics Discussed:~

* Why someone would want to build an off-grid home
* Why every off-grid home project is different
* Finding water and drilling wells on a remote building site
* Balancing remote with convenient when considering rural and remote homes
* The hardest part of building a home note tied into the grid
* Dealing with bad building contractors
* How to find great building contractors
* What is ICF Brick and how do you build with it
* Using solar to power your home
* Incorporating wind turbines for electricity generation
* The hydro-electric bug out location consideration
* Why you probably won't be able to get all your electricity needs from one alternative power generation source
* How to set up security on a remote rural property
* Security cameras for bug out locations
* His book: Going Off the Grid

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Feb 6, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with Jeanna Cournoyer to discuss self-defense and firearms training. Jeanna is a bit like a female John Wick with a long resume of training in Krav Maga, firearms, and stress training. She also happens to be pretty damn cool.

We dive into reality based training. This is scenario based and "real-world" techniques for hand-to-hand combat situations. And we dive into the murky waters where one must transition from a fist fit to a gun fight. But first, we go into using body language and verbal commands in an attempt to keep things from becoming physical.

~ Self-defense Topics Discussed:

* What is Fear and Adrenal Stress Training?
* What's the difference between self-defense and martial arts?
* How did Jeanna get into Krav Maga?
* What advantages does Krav Maga have over other martial arts for Jeanna?
* Is there a difference between Krav Maga taught to civilians and what’s taught in the Israeli military?
* IS that because it focuses more on arresting techniques?
* What limitations are there when it comes to unarmed self-defense techniques?
* What are people's biggest aversions to taking a self-defense class?
* Are there things women, in particular, should consider when looking at self-defense training?
* Why have firearms played such a big role in Jeanna’s personal defense training?
* Why there is so much interest in women-only classes for women?
* Why do women gravitate towards women-only self-defense and firearms classes?
* What changes for Jeanna as an instructor, when she’s teaching women-only classes?
* What parts of firearms’ training do women wrestle with versus men?
* What aspects of firearms’ training do women tend to excel at over men?
* Are there calibers that just don’t work well for most women and calibers that do work well for most women?
* How has having a kid changed the way Jeanna keep firearms in the house?
* How does Jeanna deal with a situation where one-half of a couple is hesitant or strongly opposed to the idea of firearms in the home while the other is interested in it?

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Feb 4, 2017

In this episode, Aaron shares his thoughts on the state of the survival and preparedness community. You see, there's been much to do in recent months about a large downturn in the number of people engaged in being prepared. But there's also been a lot of press about liberals flocking to preparedness out of fear of President Trump.

So what's really going on? Are we in a downturn from a false sense of security or are we in an upturn from a likely false sense of doom?

The answer is... sort of both. But not really either.

We'll explain the State of Survival and Preparedness in 2017:

  • How learning to ride a motorcycle is a lot like becoming a prepper
  • News of conservatives giving up on being survivalists
  • News or liberals becoming survivalists
  • Prepping the smart way and keeping your shirt on
  • Nav Jim shares the history since the 1960s and questions the future of preparedness (phase plasma rifles and all)

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Jan 23, 2017

In this episode, you and Aaron sit down together for the annual survival gear review show. He'll share his thoughts guns, holsters, and tools. And you'll hear about survival skills for 2017 and new things around ITRH.

Every year, ITRH does a gear review show. It's nothing formal. We just cover all the things we've purchased, tried out, love, like, dislike, and hate from the last year.

But before we get into the toys there are some thoughts on the rioters at the inauguration.

Talking points:

  • Rioters and damn fools
  • Survival gear reviews
  • Gun reviews
  • Holsters
  • Training aids for shooters
  • Hearing protection
  • SWAG coming to ITRH
  • Gear coming to ITRH
  • ITRH videos
  • 2017 Skills planned
  • ...and more

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