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Apr 23, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the myth of perfect survival solutions. And how the pursuit can damage your preparedness going forward...

Whether you're new to survival or if you are many years along, focusing on perfection often leaves survivalists chasing their own tail. It becomes a never ending quest that can lead to going over budget and not having well rounded preps.

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Perfect Survival Topics:

* Current events and how they remind us to prepare for the likely.
* The perfect...
* Bug Out Vehicle
* Survival Guns
* Food Storage
* Bug Out Bags
* and other examples
* It all depends on what concerns you.
* Great thoughts on from a forum member.
* Cycles in dangerous and good times.
* Is preparedness worth it?
* The importance of being part of your urban survival community.

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Apr 23, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the differences between preparedness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency along with why the distinctions are important.

Have you ever stopped to think about what divides preparedness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency? At first it seems like pure mental musings. But understanding where we are helps us define where we're going...

By defining and understanding core concepts--preparedness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency--we clear the way for being better prepared. And understanding our limitations.

~ Join us as we discuss preparedness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency...
Survival Topics:

* ITRH Farm update.
* Rabbits vs Chickens
* Next step--Aquaponics
* Dead bird tea
* Zombie Apocolypse udpate.
* The scope and limitations of preparedness.
* What it means to be self-reliant.
* Defining and understanding self-sufficiency.

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Apr 23, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss their opinions about TEOTWAWKI. It's a rebroadcast of Episode 23 and a great episode for new listeners. Even long time listeners will pick up new information from this great older episode.

TEOTWAWKI is such a passionate topic in the community. Focusing on it leads survivalists to focus on improbable survival events though. This isn't to say they can't happen--they certainly can.

But what if we set TEOTWAWKI aside and focus on the most likely first? Would we be any less prepared?

Join us as we share our thoughts on...
Survival Topics:

* Why Aaron and Jonathan joke about Zombies.
* The pitfalls of focusing on TEOTWAWKI.
* The Disaster Probability and Commonality Matrix.
* Nuclear War
* Pandemics
* Solar Flares
* Fallacies of the Roving Horde.
* Planning for societal break downs using environmental context.
* EMPs
* Red Flags in Survival Articles, Books, and Conversations
* Referenced material is a related stretch.
* Using Movies or TV shows to backup a stance on anything other than Movie or TV trivia.
* Presenting opinions as facts and not referencing hard independent research.
* Anything that references "the Hordes".

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Apr 17, 2015

What do we do starting out when new to survival and preparedness? And what is it we're trying to survive?

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss survival mindsets for the new survivalist. These are the sources that all preparation starts from.

Also, they welcome new listeners and explain what the ITRH Urban Survival Podcast is all about. Then wrapping up the show with an important question: Even though we are in survivalism, are we still sheep? Find out...

~ Today's Survival Topics:

* The show's purpose an mission
* Disaster Matrix
* 80/20 Rule's role in survival and preparedness
* The survival basics using the rule of 3s
* Going beyond the basics of survival.
* What is Survival CHI?
* Survival CHI's focus:
* Community importance Survival
* Health importance in survival
* Intelligence importants in survival
* Simple ways to acquire survival skills:
* Red Cross
* CERT
* EMT Training
* Volunteer Fire Fighting
* Volunteer Search & Rescue

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Apr 17, 2015

After a special Memorial day message hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined by Scout of Project Appleseed. Scout gives listeners the ins and outs of what we consider the best traditional marksmanship instruction in the country.

Whether you are a new shooter, a seasoned hunter, or tactically trained, Appleseed will teach you something and improve your rifle skills. However, Project Appleseeds 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.

We'd like everyone to put down your hot dogs and beer for a minute. We'd like you to take a moment and think about the men and women of the armed forces that have paid the ultimate price for their patriotism.

To all the Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen now laid to rest, we thank you. Your sacrifice means we all sleep a little safer tonight and every night.

To everyone currently serving, we'd of course like to thank you too. Please know that you are appreciated, keep your minds at the ready, come home safe, sound, and upright. G-d speed...

Today's show is a rebroadcast of Episode 38. We couldn't think of a better way for us to honor the fallen. It's not only about learning to properly use one of the tools that won us our liberty. It's also a way for us to remember the first men and women that paid for our freedom with their lives.

~ Topics:

* Help ITRH find guests.
* Special Memorial Day message.
* What Project Appleseed is.
* What Project Appleseed is NOT.
* Who can attend and what it costs.
* Political Affiliations
* American History
* Patriotic Duties
* Personal Responsibility

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Apr 17, 2015

In this episode Aaron discusses Situational Awareness, Normalcy Bias, and introduces Desire Bias.

It's often the case that prepares find themselves fighting an uphill battle trying to convince others to prepare. But what causes this aversion? And how can we avert similar behaviors within ourselves?

The traditional conversation about Situational Awareness and Normalcy Bias leaves out another important bias: Desire Bias. Just as the desire for normalcy can blind us to dangers so can our desires...

~ Join us as we discuss one of the most important survival mindsets and techniques...
Topics:

* Normalcy Bias
* What is it
* Victims of violence vs victims of everyday issues.
* Desire Bias
* Love, Acceptance, and Sex
* Money
* Anger
* Envy
* Pride
* Laziness

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Apr 17, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss picking survival gear.

Buying survival gear is wrought with confusion. New preppers often ask, "What do I need? And where do I start?" Typically, people new to survival spend countless hours digging through gear lists in books and on the internet. Or they purchase endless amounts of stuff promising to solve all of their problems or to be the perfect solution.

But they often have a hazy understanding, if at all, about what they actually need and why they need it. So they end up spending lots of money on stuff they don't need. Or worse yet, they put false confidence in a piece of junk.

Instead of turning to a general survival gear checklist, what if we first understood our needs? Then, what if we let our survival needs dictate the gear list? Often the best way to solve a problem is through learning the right questions to ask...

~ So let's ask them together.
Topics:

* Understanding the survival gear spiral.
* The hierarchy of survival needs.
* Basing decisions on the hierarchy of needs.
* The three most likely places you'll be when disaster strikes.
* Choosing gear for the home.
* Choosing gear for the office.
* Choosing gear for the car.

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Apr 17, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss their views on being physically fit, tips, and more...

Fitness--whether surviving a bad situation or simply improving your life--is an often overlooked aspect of many preppers' plans. But is there a point to all our preparations if we ignore the heart attack looming around the corner? When disaster strikes will you be in the physical condition necessary to deal with the issue? You may be willing to die for your children, but are you willing to live for your children?

Disclaimer: We are not medical, fitness, wellness, or health care professionals. The views expressed in this episode are based on personal opinions. Before engaging in any exercise and or diet programs consult with a medical professional.

~ Topics:

* 7 Tips for beginning a survival fitness program.
* Having a plan.
* Being consistent.
* Making small changes over time.
* Going slowly.
* Try many things to find the exercise program/type that's right for you.
* Avoiding routine.
* Earning your rewards.
* Diet
* Exercise
* Supplements
* Choosing the right trainer for your survival fitness plan.
* Understanding fitness minutiae.

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Apr 17, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss 6 preparedness mindsets for your mental spring cleaning…

After reviewing our preppes it’s time to review our mindsets. Survival starts first in our minds–after all. Where can faulty mindsets fail us? What can we do to better them?

Faulty mindsets can lead to waisted energy, time, and money. They could even lead to being blindsided by something you didn’t think of…

~ Topics:

* Killing the security blanket gear mentality.
* Understanding the difference between survival fiction and academic studies.
* Spirko Threat Probability Matrix a.k.a. 'Disaster Matrix'
* Avoiding myopic preparedness.
* 360 Degree thinking for preparedness, people, and life.
* Organization and planning versus reaction.

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Apr 17, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonatahn discuss using the concept of spring cleaning as a time to review preppes.

Ah spring. That time when we shed off our winter clothes, the air warms, gardens start to get underway, and we scrub winter out of our homes. But it's also a perfect time to review, inspect, and reflect on our preparations.

Dedicating specific times of the year to go over your preppes is one of the best ways to ensure everything is on track and as it should be. Join us as we give a run down of things to consider.

~ Topics:

* Taking inventory of your survival supplies, tools, and gear.
* Replacing items with expirations dates.
* Checking food and water stores.
* Checking survival tools.
* Inspecting and rethinking our survival bags.
* Ensuring our homes are in proper shape for the spring weather.

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Apr 17, 2015

John A. Heatherly for the release of his new book, The Cave and The Seas.

As survival becomes an increasingly popular topic so does the list of survival fiction hitting the market. But how many of them can say the teach real survival skills while delivering an entertaining story?

~ Join us as we welcome back John to discuss...

Recap of The Medicine Symbol
The Cave and The Sea
Is this simply another survival book?
What lessons can be taken from primitive survival skills and applied to modern life.
Survival fiction surfacing in young adult literature circles.
The impact on young adults.
Issues the story touches on outside of basic and traditional survival skills

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Apr 17, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss The Prepper Dip: Answering the question, "Is preparing worth the effort?"

With every venture in life there is a dip--a period when something feels like it is more trouble than it's worth. Preparedness is no different. Your left asking if you should give up? And more importantly, how to get through the feeling of wanting to give up?

~ Topics:

* Personal experiences
* Identifying the dip
* Solving the dip
* Planning
* Being realistic
* Setting Objectives
* Budgeting

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Apr 17, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the pitfalls of unbalanced preparation.

Many of us have fallen victim to one of these before. They are the 7 methods of survival planning that tend to get focused at the exclusion at all others.

This episode covers the seven ways preppers can have unbalanced plans. In addition we discuss why they are wrong and what can be done to create a balanced survival plans.

~ And a special announcement...
Topics:

* Bullets: Firearms as a sole preparation method.
* Food: Focusing only on food and water for preparations.
* Fortress: Bugging in a the lone plans of preparation.
* Bug Out: A plan of preparation that only involves bugging out.
* Isolation: Seeking isolation as a sole solution for preparation.
* Others: The others will take care of me preparation mentality.
* Government: Relinquishing all responsibility to a government entity as a sole preparation route.

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Apr 17, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined by Lisa Bedford (a.k.a. The Survival Mom) to discuss a woman's perspective on survival.

A perspective that is not shared often enough: A woman's take on survival. Lisa shares her experiences and insight on preparedness as a women and mother. And she answers some of those burning questions about getting reluctant loved ones into the prepared lifestyle.

~ Lisa Bedford shares her views with us on...
Topics:

* Survival first step mistakes.
* Survival concerns unique to women.
* Motivations for women to get into preparedness.
* Preparedness on a tight budget.
* What women can do to get the men in their lives into preparedness.
* What men can do to get the women in their lives into preparedness.
* The most important steps for becoming prepared.
* Lisa's new preparedness book for women.
* And more...

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Apr 16, 2015

Homeschooling is a frequent topic amongst preppers. The education of our children, whether in good times or in bad, is extremely important to most of us. However, can returning the schoolhouse to the home be the answer?

Ensuring your child gets the best education possible may mean taking full control...

~ Join Aaron with special guest Ron and Saunna Davis, P.h.D, for a discussion on homeschooling.
Topics:

* Why homeschool
* Will my child be socially inept?
* Societal stigmas
* Homeschooling Pros and Cons
* Conventions
* Coops
* Legal Issues
* Getting into colleges
* Where to begin

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan pose the question: Are you a survival information junkie?

As with many subjects in life, we can become consumed by the pursuit of knowledge. It can be so much so that we never actually take the time to learn about a skill through physical experience.

Physical experience allows us to take our knowledge out of the theoretical and into the practical application. Plus, if you never apply a skill you have never actually learned it.

~ Topics:

* Active vs Passive pursuit of a survival skill.
* Gaining experience with a survival skill.
* Balancing Theoretical Education with Practical Education
* How passion plays a role.
* Practice, Practice, Practice

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss survival gear vs survival skill and the place for both.

People often come into prep and get sticker shock. With the endless sea of survival gear, gadgets, and equipment, survival can seem as though a tremendous amount of money will need to be spent.

Preppers also have a tendency--much like anything else in life--to feel as though they NEED widget X to survive. While some things are essential, not every thing is. And not everything has to be the absolute best when good enough will be the best for your needs...

~ Topics:

* When is the time for gear.
* When is the time for skill.
* Gear as a crutch for lack of skill.
* Developing skills then buy gear as a knowledgeable buyer.
* How to acquire survival skills
* Books
* Videos
* Courses

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Apr 16, 2015

Host Aaron and Jonathan discuss the question of, "what is a bug out bag" and "what goes in a bug out bag".

BOBs (Bug Out Bags) are a favorite topic of preppers both new and old. But what is a Bug Out Bag really, pitfalls should be avoided, and what really goes in a BOB?

Seasoned veterans of preparedness will find the this episode a good refresher. If you're new to prep, it's a great place to start...

~ Topics:

* What a BOB is?
* What goes in a BOB?
* What should be avoided when building a BOB.
* Tailoring a bag to your needs.
* BOB Checklist
* Food
* Water
* Shelter
* Security
* Energy

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss planning a survival strategy and give a critique of Doomsday Preppers.

Doomsday Preppers hits television screens leaving your hosts insulted and entertained. However, there are lessons that can still be learned. After giving their thoughts on the show Aaron and Jonathan segue into developing your survival strategy, questions to ask yourself, and a method for finding the wholes in your plans.

~ Topics:

* Review of Doomsday Preppers
* Basics of Survival Strategy
* Setting Objectives Recap
* What is the concern?
* What are the pieces of the concern?
* How long will it take to clear up?
* What do you need to get you and your family through or away from the issue?
* Defining when to Bug in & Bug Out
* Survival Bags
* Exit Routes
* Financial mobility
* What do you need?
* Enough liquidity?
* How fast?
* Information mobility
* Plugging up the wholes in your survival plans
* Shelter
* Energy
* Food & Water
* Security
* Redundancy

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the basic gun battery for survival and the benefits of professional training.

A practical conversation about the four guns every survival minded person should own and how to choose them. The first of several planned episodes for 2012 on the topic of guns for survival, episode 54 starts things off with the basics of a complete firearms toolbox.

~ Topics:

* Firearms Training
* The Accuracy Fallacy
* How a gun should fit.
* Practice, Practice, Practice
* Selecting a Battery of Guns
* Handguns
* Shotguns
* Rifles
* .22s

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined by Ron Davis for a discussion on the basic items needed for a three week bug in period.

In most scenarios daily life will return to normal after 72 hours to one week. But larger disasters, whether person or local, can extend into several weeks. This episode covers the basics for the supplies you would need to survive for three weeks without leaving you home...

~ Topics:

* Survival checklists
* Storing food for survival.
* Water for survival.
* Tools and other items.
* Storing hygien items.
* Storing medical supplies.
* Pet needs in survival situations

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan set your city on fire in a white hot rage with total disregard to point out vulnerabilities. But then roast marshmallows and plan an escape.

Riots in America have long been on the top ten list of concerns for urban survivalists. They're big and scary, they're a threat, but what really causes them? More importantly, how do we prepare to survive riots? The answers might surprise you...

~ Topics:

* What causes riots.
* How societal context influences the potential of riots.
* Why are riots more prone to happen in urban environments.
* The effects of riots on city infrastructure.
* Where they are most likely to occur and how to avoid them.
* Buggin In vs Bugging Out

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Apr 16, 2015

Host Aaron and Jonathan are joined by Jason and Jeep to discuss lessons learned from the past year and what to expect going forward...

Hard to believe it's been a year already. And yet, it feels like longer at the same time.

We've learned so much in the last year and hope that you have to. Episode 51 is a look back at what we have been up to and what we plan to be up to in the year to come.

WARNING: This episode is marked as EXPLICIT/ADULT

~ Topics:

* A listener's journey over the last year.
* Prepping as a family.
* Prepping with teenagers.
* The urban farm update. What Jason and Aaron have accomplished.
* Lessons learned the hard way about raising livestock.
* Lessons learned about the difficulties of self-reliance.
* Thank you to the listeners.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan ring in the new year with a discussion of preparing for 2012.

The time to act is now. The begging of the year is a perfect time to go over the basics of preparing, reviewing our preps, and touching on more advanced considerations of survival. For long time listeners Episode 50 is a recap of episodes from the last year as food for thought. For folks new to survival it's a great primer.

~ Topics:

* Water storage.
* Shelter issues and advice
* Food Storage
* Security concerns in urban survival.
* Medical supply storage and advice.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan look back at 2011, look forward to 2012, and expectations for the new year.

2012 brings predictions of Doomsday. As we go forward the media hype is likely to surge as people become consumed with what may come. But, like so many "predictions" of the post, 2012 is likely to pass without incident. People already interested in preparedness run the risk of getting whisked up in the hype. People new to preparedness risk of falling back to "sleep" after December 21, 2012 comes and goes. So how do we avoid all this?

~ Topics:

* What 2011 has meant to us.
* What 2012 brings.
* Concerns for existing preppers.
* Concerns for new preppers.

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