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Mar 21, 2016

In this episode we welcome back Marshall of GoingGear. He's going to share with us all the ins, outs, and what-the-hecks about water filters for camping and bugout bags. We're also going to dive into food and stoves for camping. Plus, a special bonus.

Topics:

  • What are the different types of camping water filters?
  • How effective are water purification tables?
  • Hollow tube filters vs ceramic filters, which is best?
  • Do UV (ultraviolet) filters actually work?
  • Active carbon filters, the end all be all?
  • Do the chemical water purification tablets really work?
  • Do you have to worry about viruses in the water when choosing a filter?
  • What is the real lifetime of a water filter?
  • White gas vs Kerosene camping stoves.
  • How effective are alcohol stoves?
  • How well do chemical tab stoves work?
  • What's the best food option for backpacking?
  • What camping food DYI options are there?

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Mar 16, 2016

In this episode we sit down the David Merrill. He's a writter for Breach Bang Clear, Recoil Magazine, and a few other tactical rags I'm sure you've heared of.

As a retired Marine and foreign wepaons instructor, he's got to chops to tell us about gear and real world use. So if you've been wanting to kit up, or just love gear, sit back and relax.

~ Topics discussed:

* What do you look for in body armor?
* Is it more comfort or more protection?
* What are the levels of plate carries and bullet proof vests?
* What are the best mag pouches?
* How do you combine the use of HSGI soft magazine pouches and kydex mag holders?
* Why drop-leg holsters suck?
* How useful are battle belts?
* What's the best eye protection?
* What do you do about hearing protection?
* Should people actually invest in tactical helmets?
* The tactical neckerchief.
* Why do shamans suck?
* What are David's gear pet peeves?

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Mar 7, 2016
Fair warning to all: I’m getting married in April. Then again in November. That means to you the show will be a mix of shorts and full length episodes up through April. November shouldn’t be impacted though. I’m going to work hard to ensure their is at least one show a week for ya’ll. 
 
In case you’re wondering why there’s two weddings. The short answer is the April wedding a is civil wedding just to get the show on the road. The second was due to coordinating the religious stuff and people flying in from the other side of the world. 
 
Now, I did say at least one show a week. Which would allude to there being more than one episode a week. It’s something I’ve been kicking around lately. 
 
I’m thinking about doing one episode a week strictly on personal and home security much like the Safe House show I was doing. And I’m thinking about a listener question show. But I want your input. YOUR input, not do you think other people would like it. Would you like ITRH to start doing either or both of these as extra weekly episodes?
 
Tell me today in the comments section of this episode. If there’s enough interest I’ll start ramping up to do one or both. My plan is to move another step closer this year toward ITRH being a full time thing. 
 
Moving on…
 
For the last six months I’ve gone without TV news. What I consumed in the way of what was going on in the world was strictly from reading the headlines on websites like Drudge Report. Occasionally, something would peek my interest and I’d click on through to a story. For the most part I got what I needed to know from the headlines.
 
To get the Walking Dead and the small handful of shows we watch we just used Amazon and the Apple TV. And that worked well. Till about four weeks ago…
 
I was upgrading my internet speed connection while moving into the new house. In doing so Jen asked me to bring TV back. She wanted to watch the man hating channel as the women from Comcast said and laughed. Also known as Life Time.
 
So we have TV again. So I turned on the news for the first time in six months.
 
You know what I saw?
 
Nothing. Seriously. Nothing.
 
All kinds of stuff in the world is going on. Good stuff. Bad stuff. Weird stuff. Albinos are being hunted in Africa by witch doctors. 
 
But what do we have in the news: A near literal dick swinging contest between grown men and one woman. If I understood it right, there was an actual who’s is bigger thing during a debate the other night. And this is for the most powerful position in our country—arguably in the world?
 
Recently someone asked me which lever I’d be pulling in the presidential election. I replied, “I’m not going to waste my time till they add an option that says boiling hot oil for all candidates.”
 
I’ve been getting emails from some of y’all that can be summed up as this: “Do you think X will happen if candidate Y is elected."
 
I think this country is so far down the rat whole it doesn’t matter. They’re all clowns and it’s all a big circus in the Roman sense. Actually, they may be giving clowns a bad name.
 
I’m going to play you a short clip from a movie called Dinner with Andrea. For those unfamiliar with the film it may sound like something made today. I think this clip speaks to what most of us in the community, maybe beyond, are feeling. But this was made back in 1981. 
 
Have a listen.
 
Kind of resinates doesn’t it. 
 
Now this may all seem defeatist in nature. You may have made up your mind that candidate fill in the blank name will save us all. IF that’s you, there’s no value in me trying to convince you otherwise. So I’m not going to try to.
 
Being done with the idea of a state is something you either come to on your own or never at all. And no one can really lead you there. Someone can show you the door, but you have to open it for yourself.
 
But the will X happen if Y candidate brings us to really the root message of the show as a whole: Stay safe and sound. You hear it twice in every episode. 
 
A similar conversation came up recently with all the stuff most people aren’t paying attention to in the middle east involving Russia. Boiled down the question was this: Is World War III coming?
 
The answer to all of it is this: Perhaps. Perhaps not. But the question you should be asking yourself is this: What are you going to do about it outside your circle of influence?
 
I can blow three hours fighting traffic, finding parking, waiting in line, to push a button for someone I think will at worst do the least damage. 
 
OR I can spend three hours working on my garden, working on personal wealth and independence, interact with my community, or do something to increase my knowledge. To me, that seems like a more productive use of my time because these are all things inside my circle of influence. 
 
And you’ll only keep yourself safe by making sound decisions which impact your life. You can’t worry about the decisions you made yesterday; you can only learn from them and move on. You can’t worry about the decisions you’ll make in the future because you don’t know what the questions will be yet.
 
What you can focus on is today and setting yourself up with the clearest path to a good or better tomorrow.
 
So it all goes back to basics: Do your best to ensure your access to the things you need. And ensure that access for as far out as makes you feel comfortable.
 
Now I think you should have a minimum of three months. But if you’re just starting out, focus on three days.
 
If you prep from a stand point of the worlds going to end tomorrow you’ll only panic yourself. And the reality is it’s probably not.
 
Now what would be the things you need?
 
* Food
* Water
* Basic Medical Supplies
* Sanitation
* Security
* Community
 
But this doesn’t mean just buying and storing these things. This also means getting the skills and experiance to produce or procure these items.
 
With food we have hunting, fishing, and trapping. And experience acquiring a skill is something we touched on in the last farm update. 
 
But I’ll give you a fresh example from something recent: I’ve tried fishing a few times out my back yard in the bayou. And I’ve tried just about every lure in my box with no success. (A bayou is a slow moving costal river for those not from the South.)
 
Now I make no claims of being an amazing fisherman. In fact, I’m not all that great at it. I just like casting a line and naval gazing between casts. But I would say in general I’m ok at it. Still, in five weeks of fishing twice a week I’ve caught nothing.
 
Yet, for five weeks I’ve watched good size fish maybe 12 to 16 inches in length jumping every day all day long. So I knew two things:
 
* One, there is indeed fish in this bayou. 
* Two, there’s something really big chasing these other fish to the surface and making them jump.
 
Finally, the other day, I see a guy fishing down the bayou a piece. Probably six hundred yards away. My house is about 30 feet above the bank and the area is roughly 15 - 20 acres that’s just wide open. So I can see easily from my “I’m working" chair in the den that faces the water.
 
The first thing he does is start throwing a casting net. Then after fifteen minutes, I see him setting up four poles and a lawn chair. I think, ok this guys is serious and not just some kid fooling around.
 
After 30 minutes he pulls what looks like a fish the size of a five year old child out of the water. Another 30 minutes and another fish about the size of a five year old child.
 
Opportunity to learn. I set down the laptop, put on my shoes, and go down to talk to the guy. When I get there he’s happy to tell me all about it. 
 
Turns out, the fish jumping were mullet—they’re vegetarians and a pain to catch on a hook. He was using the casting net to catch them. Then he used them for bait to catch two of the biggest catfish I’ve ever seen.
 
I wouldn’t normally eat fish out of this Bayou, but in a real pinch—I’d beat starving. And now I know what I was doing wrong.
 
The point though is just having a skill is not always enough. You also have to have the experience. Or you can borrow someone else’s experience to ensure success.
 
This is true of food production, emergency medical, water purification and sanction, and self defense. And community often gives you the ability to borrow from someone else’s experience. But to get that community you can’t be a passive armchair prepper. 
 
You need to get out and do things that are going to keep you safe and sound whether tomorrow is the most amazing day of your life or the worst in recorded history.
 
I’ll leave you with that for the day.
 
Show notes and the ability to comment on this episode are available at intherabbithole.com/e160
 
As we close out today a few important things:
 
First, I am going through the slow process of converting each episode over two the URL format of /e and the episode number. In this process I’m also going through and replacing the show player of every episode with the newer fancier player. That also means all the episodes will be available on the site for streaming. Thanks to the support of the Roving Horde Armada we were able to put the show on a new server with enough bandwidth to make this happen all possible. 
 
Second, if you have something to say about an episode, please put it in the comments section of that episode. 
 
A lot of people email me comments about episodes—I enjoy emailing back and forth with y’all. But really, if it’s about an episode it should be a group discussion on the site. And if you say something about a guest they can’t really respond without a big rigmarole their not going to go through.
 
It’s not complicated. You don’t have to sign up for anything to do it. The URL to each episode is just /e whatever the show number is.
 
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Feb 29, 2016

Spring is nearly upon us. For many that means they're getting ready to venture back out into the woods--or they're wondering out for the first time.

But gear can be expensive and confusing. So in this episode our resident outdoor gear expert, Marshal of GoingGear.com, gives us in insider information on your most important pieces of equipment.

Join us as he answers these camping gear questions:

  • What makes one camping tent better than another?
  • How do you evaluate the right tent for a person's camping needs?
  • Are hammock tents really any good?
  • Are there two-person hammock tents?
  • Can you camp in cold weather with a hammock tent?
  • What are the different types of sleeping bags?
  • Which kind of sleeping bag is right for which kind of situation?
  • Is there a "best" type of sleeping back for all situations?
  • What's the best type of sleeping pad?
  • And a lot more

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Feb 22, 2016

It's time for the annual ITRH Super Random Pile-O Preper Shit Gear Show. For 2016 Jonathan and I sit down and review books, gear, tools, and all things "prepper gear" we've played with in the last year.

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Feb 15, 2016

It's been a while since we've talked about what's going on on the ITRH farm and Jason's Ranching Adventures. So today we catchup on all the goings on. Some sad news, some crazy news, and some happy news.

We discuss:

* Snakes and ranching
* Animal husbandry
* Is ranching really easier than raising small animals?
* Aaron's run in with a pack of wild dogs with a wild twist
* And a lot more

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Feb 8, 2016

Buggout route planning done correctly occupies the minds of many preppers. Or at least it should.

But it's complicated. And there are many options.

So today we welcome back author Chris Herndez to get his perspective. He's going to share his thoughts based on decades of military leadership and law enforcement experiance.

Plus, we'll dive into some other topics to dimisify things you may have never thought to ask about.

Buggout Route Planning Topics:

  • The dangers of conspiracy theories.
  • Jade Helm jokes
  • Buggout Route Planning
  • The value of coutry roads
  • The perrils of highspeed avenues of escape
  • Escaping martial law
  • What does the national gaurd actually do?
  • When is Chris' next book due out?
  • What is his next book about?
  • Is Chris a fortune teller?


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Jan 11, 2016

In this episode we discuss one of the most common things preppers wrestle with: How long should you prepare for.

The answer: It depends.

But we can beging to solve this quandry by asking our selves three questions:

1) What do you think is going to happen?
2) How bad do you think it’s really going to be?
3) How long will it last till barter starts up or stores open back up?

Let's discuss together.

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Dec 28, 2015

Gary Collins joins us to discuss diet and nutrition in the new year. It's a big topic many people wrestle with.

The paleo diet and many offshoots are big these days. Let's face it: Diets come and go. But in this episode Gary helps us break down what all these deits are. He helps us separate fact from myth. And, best of all, he makes understanding simple dieting and nutrition... well... simple.

~ Diet and nutrition for preppers (and anyone else) topics dicsused:

* The fraud, waste, and negligence in the pharmacudicl industry
* Where holistic and traditional medicine meet
* What is the paleo diet
* The 80/20 rule of dieting
* Sugar is like heroin
* Are carbohydrates evil?
* The genetic diet
* What is an anti-inflamitory diet?
* Why is eating reginal honey important?
* Why is it important to eat reginionally?
* How soon will the health care system be bankrupted?
* How to merge the diets of a multi-cultural home?
* How does diet impact fertility and reproduction?
* Where does lactose intoloerance come from?
* Why is ketogenic diet confusing?
* What's the right way to ketogenic diet?
* How long can you stay on a ketogenic diet?
* What is the primaal power method?
* How do you maintain a paleo / primal diet as a prepper?
* How to do a lifestyle purge.

~ Plus...

* Gary's Off the grid home project.
* Getting an off the grid home financed.

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Dec 14, 2015

In this episode we sit down with James Price to discuss surviving everything from an active shooter to a typical mugging.

Active shooter situations and crime are on the rise. They may even get much worse. Are you prepared?

Today James will share insight into what students of his Domestic Protector class learn. We'll also cover simple things you can do to survive violent encounters.

~ Surviving active shooter situation topics:

* Jame's prediction about the frequenting of these types of shootings.
* Takeaways from the San Bernardino shooting.
* Takeaways from the Paris terrorist attacks.
* Will this inspire copycat spree-killers?
* How was the Domestic Protector class put together?
* Are armed civilians more safe?
* Why should you start practicing one handed shooting more?
* What is a sheepdog and what is an armed civilian?
* How should you respond to an active shooter?
* Are active shooter situations different from a violent mugging?
* What can be improvised to jam door from an attack?

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Nov 29, 2015

AK-47s have a mystic all their own. But they also have a lot of hyperbol. So...

In this episode we sit down with AK-47 legend Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics. He's going to set us straight on the truth, myths, and proper perspective in understanding these comblock badasses.

~ AK-47 topics covered in this interview:

* What's Jim Fuller's story?
* How did RIfle Dynamics come to be?
* What makes the AK-47 so special?
* Is the AK-47 durability fact or urban legend?
* Is the AK-47 accuracy deficit fact or urban legend?
* What's the real perspective to take when it comes to the purpose of an AK-47?
* What myths, or overblow facts, exist around the AK?
* What advantages does the AK have over the AR-15?
* What is it about AKs that make them stand up to steel case ammo so well?
* What's the effective range of a standard AK?
* What considerations must be made when looking to put glass on an AK?
* When it comes to shopping the import and budget market, what should be looking for in an AK?
* What are Jim's thoughts on the Kalashnikov USA rifles?
* What's the difference between a Ak-47 and it's perhaps lesser known brother the AK-74?
* What's the difference between AK and the much lesser known VZ58?

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Nov 22, 2015

How to choose a survival knife is common quandary. There are so many options. There are so many things to consider. In this episode we sit down with Marshal of GoingGear.com to answer those questions.

This is one of our favorite topics: Knives! They often don't get enough air time here. But they are one of the most important and basic tools of survival. And it doesn't matter if it's for EDC (Every Day Carry) or for treking through the woods. A good knife's value can't be stressed enough.

~ Basic considerations for a knife topics discussed:

* What's the most useful size of pocket knfie?
* What are the best locking mechanizms and why are they important?
* What things does Marshal consider when looking at pocket knives for himself?
* What knife point type makes the most senses to you for pocket knives?
* What are the best handle matterials for pocket knives?
* Are knife super-steels all hype?
* What are the new super-steels these days?
* What's the story on Elmax steel?
* How do A2 and D2 tool steels hold up for knives?
* What are the top brands in pocket knives—excluding the super high end custom stuff?
* What’s the big fuss about Zero Tolerance knives?
* What's the most useful blade length for a fixed blade knife?
* What are things to you consider when looking at a good fixed blade camping knife?
* What are things to you consider when looking at a good fixed blade bushcraft knife?
* Does blade grind type / geometry really matter in a fixed blade knife?
Coated or uncoated knives?
* What are the best handle matterials for fixed blade knives?
* To full tang or not to care about full tang, does it really matter?

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Nov 15, 2015

Choosing rifle optics is confusing. They're also can be a big investment. So in this episode we sit down with Marshal, owner of Primary Arms. He's going to help clarify and demystify rifle optics.

Rifle optics topics covered:

* How much should people spend on opitics for a rifle?
* What are the basics of selecting the right opitic for a rifle?
* How does eye relief play into scope selection?
* How would someone decide on magnification?
* How do you select the right reticle?
* What impact does tube size have on a scope’s function?
* What impact does the bell of a scope vs a straight tube have?
* What is parallax and why should people care about it?
* What is first focal plane and why is it important in rifle scopes?
* What would someone look for in a hunting scope?
* So whats the difference between a hunting scope and a sniper scope?
* What's the difference between a hunting or tacitcal sope and a rimfire scope?
* Is there really any difference when deciding on rings and mounts for scopes?
* What advantages does a fixed power scope give?
* What should people know when looking for a red dot?
* What should people use and never use when cleaning their optics?

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Nov 11, 2015

It's veteran's day 2015. This year we're doing a special episode with Jeremy Paris, host of the Veteran Resource Podcast. Whether you are a vet or just want to find about about getting involved with organizations, you'll get a lot out of this epsidoe.

Typically folks in the survival podcast genre will talk about what it means to serve. And they may tell stories of their service. But we have something different that could actually help vets.

You see, the Veteran Resource Podcast was created to introduce veterans to Veteran Service Organizations. And as you find out in this episode there are THOUSANDS out there!

We've all heared of the Wounded Warrior project. But there are a lot more out there, it turns out. One is even focused on sustainable farming.

~ Veteran resource topics discussed:

* Jeremy's service in the military
* How the the Veteran Resource Podcast got started?
* What is the mission his podcast?
* What keeps you inspired to do his show?
* How many veteran organizations are there?
* Why are there so many different veteran organziations?
* Why is it important to support veteran organizations?
* What are some of the different organizations out there that people might want to get invovled in?
* Can people who've never served get involved and voluteer?
* If someone wanted help support vets, would supporting one of these organizations be the best way?
* How would people go about evaluating a few organizations to find the one that's right for them?


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Nov 9, 2015

Civil Air Patrol is a bit of a red headed step child. In fact, it's probably one of the most interesting voluteer organizations most people have never heared of.

In this episode we sit down with Bobby Allison of Civil Air Patrol. He's going to share with us what C.A.P. is, what they do, and why you should consider getting involved. And, we'll even discuss how you might be able to get some survial training.

~ Civil Air Patrol Topics Discussed:

* What is Civil Air Patrol and what does the organization do?
* How long has it been around<?
* When was CAP formed and for what purpose?
* How does CAP supplement or augment what the US Air Force already does?
* Seems kids can get involved in this too. What role do they play?
* What do volunteers get out of it?
* Does CAP have any role in border security?
* What role does CAP play in disaster relief?
* What kind of training programs does CAP have?
* When it comes to adults, is CAP only open to active or retired Air Force?
* What roles are there for members?
* If someone wanted to get involved in CAP, what would they need to do?

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Nov 2, 2015

In this episode we sit down with the the Bee Whisperer, Michael Jordan. He'll share his knowledge of beekeeping, philisophical masterbation, and life lessons.

~ Beekeeping topics covered in this episode include:

* Why do we need more beekeepers in the world
* Why would someone want to get into beekeeping
* How much work are bees to get started
* How much work are bees once they get established
* What is the minimum financial investment an Urban bee keeper would need to make
* Why is it said that bees choose the keeper, and that it's not the other way around
* What would you say are the common downfalls for most people that first get into bees
* Who can people get over the fear of keeping bees
* Is beekeeping a real moneky maker
* Is beeking difficult
* What does a Bee Suit usually run
* How long does it really take to get to a place of being productive with beekeeping
* What are the bee union hours
* Are there alternatives to the typical honey bee
* What is sustainable beekeeping
* What's the latest news on coloney collapse?
* What can people do to help bee populations?
* What can people plant to feed honey bees?
* Why would bees reject a hive and fly off?

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Oct 27, 2015

Precision rifles come with a lot of mystic and myth. In this episode we sit down with famed gunsmith Ed Vanden Berg of Vanden Berg Custom.

He's going to set us straight on all the ends and outs of what it takes to make a precision rifle precise. This won't be a buy-this-gun or that conversation. And it won't be a go with this caliber, trigger, barrel, or stock conversation. Instead, this will be a primer that breaks down the basics of what does and does not make a rifle shoot true.

* Are bolt-action rifles inherently more accurate than semi-auto rifles?

* How big of a role does the action play in the accuracy of a rifle?

* How big of a role does the caliber, in the sense of total cartridge package, actually play in accuracy?

* What’s so special about 260 remington and 6.5?

* Match grade or rolling your own: Does it really make a difference?

* What is internal balistics?

* What is external balistics?

* What is terminal balistics?

* How big of a role does the barrel play in the accuracy of a rifle?

* What is barrel harmonics really all about?

* Does barrel length play a part in accuracy or is purely about squeezing out velocity?

* What does free floating both is semi-auto and bolt-action a barrel really do?

* Can a rifle sling impact the accuracy of a rifle?

* Is there really a "Best" precision rifle barrel maker?

* What is barrel religion?

* Does fulting a barrel impact the accuracy of a rifle?

* How big of a role does the rifle stock play in the accuracy of a rifle?

* Does trigger weight impact the accuracy of a rifle?

* What's the best trigger weight?

* What does a custom precision bolt-action rifle cost?

* What does a custom precisoin semi-auto rifle cost?

* What are the biggest myths fo long range shooting?

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Oct 18, 2015

In this episode we welcome back Garry of Guns over Texas. He's going to share with us a big load from his 13 black rifle and tales of well lubricated prom queens. We'll be getting to the bottom of choosing a 30 caliber rifle that's right for you and other double barreled entendres.

Some of the 30 Caliber Rifle topics discussed:

* What's the difference between 308 Win and 308 Nato
* Why did Aaron end up with a FN FAL
* How did you come to fall in love with the FN FAL
* What makes the FN FAL so great
* Why would you make a FAL a SBR (Short Barreld Rifle)
* What's the minimum safe barrel length of a FAL
* How do you get optics on a FN FAL
* Other 308 Semi*auto rifle options...
- FN SCAR 17
- LWRC R.E.P.R.
- Knights Armament SR 25
- LaRue Tactical
* What are some other non*308 30 caliber semi*automatic rifle options
* How does the 308 stacks up to the AK and when does makes sense
* How does it compare to the 300 Blackout
* What are three gun competitions
* Why would anyone want to do three gun competitions
* What rifles, shotguns, and handguns are popular for three gun.

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Oct 12, 2015

In this episode we welcome back Darrel of FloridaHillbilly.com. We’ll discuss the most loved and dreaded thing in preparedness: HAM Radio. And we’ll get into why everyone should be hamming it up. Plus other bad puns.

* Why is HAM worth the effort
* Why is important for preppers to get into HAM Radio
* Why is HAM better than old-fashioned walkie-talkies
* How useful is HAM in an emergency situation
* What is field day
* How hard is are the HAM tests
* What's the easiest way to study for the tests
* What are the different HAM Radio levels of licensing
* What are the differences between the levels
* Which radio is the right radio to get started with
* Can HAM be encrypted
* How can you secure your communications

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Oct 4, 2015

In this episode, we sit down with LONG time listener, ITRH forum moderator, resident old coot, and friend, NavyJim. He’s going to share with us how he and his wife have stayed engaged in preparedness since the 50s, how prepping has changed over the decades and his take on preppers in the media as someone who’s been in broadcasting since he had to ride a dinosaur uphill both ways in the snow to the gun store. Also known as 1967.

Join me as we explore these questions:

* Over the years, how have you seen survival and preparedness change?
* What commonalities persist both good and bad?
* What did survivalists worry about in the 1950s?
* How much have those things concerning preppers changed over the years?
* Do you think there’s any difference other than label between Retreaters, Survivalists, and Preppers?
* It seems there’s been a large resurgence of interest in survival in the last few years. What’s been your take on it as someone that’s been in it for so long?
* Has there ever been a time that the media paid as much attention to survivalists as they do now?
* Why do you think that is?
* Why do you think we’re almost always painted in a negative light?
* What do you make of the “prepper reality shows”?
* Do you think the media’s current fascination with preppers will subside anytime soon?
* In a broader general sense, how is journalism changing?
* So what keeps you in prep, Jim?
* What worries you most right now and in the near future?
* ITRH had an episode some time ago on what we coined as the “prepper dip”. Have you ever experienced this or has preparedness been a constant for you?
* How have you stayed engaged with preparedness for so long?

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Sep 27, 2015

~ Trenton Kaminski's Segment Topics

* Why Trenton built such an extensive rainwater system
* How much research it took to build this system/li>
* How quick you could pull together one of these systems
* Surprising life lessons in building a business and being an entrepreneur
* Things to consider when starting to build a rainwater system
* Total cost of project $150 - $800 - $1,600
* How many people it takes to build a rainwater collection system like Trenton's
* How to choose the right IBC Totes for a rainwater collection system
* How to tell if IBC totes have been used to transport chemicals
* How to get water tested and the truth about the water you’re already consuming
* How to cover the IBC tanks and keep algae from growing
* What’s the best type of IBC connector to look for
* What’s the right size of IBC and connection to go with
* How much filtration do you really need in a rainwater collection system
* How to properly use a UV sterilization system
* How to build redundancy into your purification system
* What is the first flush and how do you build one
* How big should a first flush be
* Solar Powered Pumping system


~ Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen Ph.D. Segment Topics

* Mechanical vs Chemical water purification, sanitation, and treatment.
* Different ways to purify water
* What activated charcoal actually is
* How to build an emergency charcoal water-filter

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Sep 20, 2015

In this episode we sit down with Glen Tate for an in-depth conversation about how to choose a bug out location. This episode is full of great information, things to consider, and laughs.

Bug out locations (aka BOLs) are something most preppers and  survivalists dream of owning. But the topic isn't simple: There are done of things to considered. And there are tons of things that can turn a BOL into a nightmare to know.

So join us as we discuss how Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days book series, himself went about choosing the best bug out location.

* How close the BOL in 299 is to Glen’s real BOL story
* Rural and semi-rural bug out location
* Travel time and distance considerations
* Practical non milllion dollar solutions to owning a BOL
* Isolated cabin in the mountains vs a cabin in a small community
* The value of people in a SHTF senario
* The danger of people in a SHTF senario
* Thinking through stratigies and tactics of defense relative to a BOL
* Resource considerations in your BOL area that are not nessesarilly on your land.
* Acceptable levels of flaws in your plans and location
* Understand and dealing with trade offs
* How to tell if you may be in a community of preppers and self suffciant types
* Water considerations
* Vacation homes vs permanent resident community
* Thinking through what you’re going to do, realistically, before things go south
* Strategies for convincing loved one’s a BOL is a good idea
* How to get to know your neighbors when you’re not there all the time.
* The things that make us want a BOL and when that happened for Glen.
* Balancing morality and practicality during a collapse
* More on the economy
* Teaming up with another family or families to split the cost of rural land
* What Glen Tate what’s in current events for telltale signs of economic distress

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Sep 13, 2015

In this episode we're joined by James Price. We sit down to discuss the three things every prepper should know, but probably hasn't even thought of.

You see there's a lesson James taught us a while back: If the situation turns to violence you've lost.

So who do you keep a situation from turning to violence and flip adversaries to your side?

And if a situation spirals out of our control into violence, how do we protect our kids and loved ones like pro executive protection contractor?

Listen and find out.

Topics discussed:

* What every good spy knows and how you can learn it for next to nothing
* What is spy trade craft.
* The reality of a hostile situations
* Improvisational comedy for the zombie apocalypse and road blocks
* Picking up zombie strippers
* How learning these skills improved all aspects of James life and saved it too
* Human hacking
* Dealing with without rule of law situations
* Get yourself out of bad situations and turn them into good situations
* How to talk someone dumb
* Deciet detection and learn when you're being lied to (it may save your life)
* Verbal Agressiveness
* Verbal Judo
* James takes us to his parents' house
* Where onehanded pistol shooting comes into play
* Why James loves failure
* The importance of physical maps in kits
* Protecting kids during an active shooter situation
* Executive protection

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Sep 6, 2015

In this episode we're joined by Lauren Wilson to discuss goat farming.

Lauren is the author of The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide. And she's quickly becoming a regular guest of the show and friend.

Recently we had a question: What happens when you mix the sweet, zany, and effervescent Lauren with a herd of goats, wild turkey, and a donkey?

One word: Shenanigans!

We'll learn all about live work programs on a farm and a whole lot more.

Goat farming live work program topics such as:

* The life of a goat herder
* Live, Work, Learn
* Goats for fire control on land
* Goat nirvana
* Creating a near closed loop farming system
* Making goat cheese
* OCD goats and their routines
* How much work goat herding and farming really takes
* Different chicken personalities
* How to survive a while turkey attack
* Donkeys, the bouncer of the farm
* What is a “Donkey Love Tank”

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Aug 30, 2015

In this episode we discuss micro-ranching. And to show just how easy it is, we bring on an LA surfer boy turned Texas micro-rancher. He got his start without even owning any land.

Today he shares his story and how you to can get into micro-rahcing.


Micro-Ranching and Farming Topics Discussed:

* Crazy sustanability and self-sufficientcy stories form Angola Prison
* How survivability and sustainability go hand in hand
* Micro-ranching with very little more
* How to get started
* How to do it with no land
* The financial side of things
* How to propperly name a goat
* The over under on Jason injurying himself with cows

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