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Apr 16, 2015

Jonathan is out sick and Aaron runs amuck. Taking from listeners' emails and conversations, Aaron discusses three important survival topics.

Gear addictions are something we all suffer from at one point or another. Aaron shares his thoughts on the place for gear, how far you can go without gear, and times when survival can't be done without supplies.

Few people take the time to properly build a will till they reach their Golden Years. Building a Personal Operations Manual is much like building a very detailed personal will and them some. How to not leave your loved ones in the dark and give them the necessary information so they may tend to your affairs after you are gone.

There are a lot of voices in the survival community, but who do you listen to? Aaron gives his thoughts on how to pick authors and broadcasters for your survival library.

~ Topics

* Discussions about the "need" for gear.
* Building a Personal Operations Manual for loved ones.
* Who to listen to when it comes to survival.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan interview Marni Rosen and Ben Gillis about CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

A few years ago we went through the CERT program with a group of friends after reading about it in Review Of Emergency By Neil Strauss. After completion, the consensus was everyone should do it. The lessons and skills learned are invaluable. It not only shows you what you can do to help in an emergency, but also gives participates a clearer understanding of the job and responsibilities of first responders.

Just like Survival CHI, CERT starts with Community. Rather than isolationism, ITRH is all about building a community of preppers. The more people who are involved, the less people will tax the system and be able to help themselves and others in times of crisis.

~ Topics:

* What is CERT.
* CERT Prerequisites.
* How to get signed up for a CERT course.
* How to start a CERT group in your area.
* What is CERT not.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the basics of camping and camping gear. Camping is an excellent opportunity to test gear, skills, and be reminded of life without most modern conveniences.

Owning the gear isn't enough. Getting out and actually using it is a must if you foresee an instance where you may be dependent on your outdoor gear. Plus, it's just darn good fun.

When was the last time you went camping?

~ Topics:

* Tents
* Sleeping Bags
* Knives and Hatches
* Flashlights and Lanterns
* Bug Replants
* Fire making
* Clothing
* First Aid Kits
* Leaving an itinerary with loved ones.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined once again by Ron Davis of Confessions Of An EMS Newbie Podcast. Ron answers questions about CRP, First Aid, and what actions you need to take in the first few moments of a medical emergency.

CRP can mean the difference between life or death. You own it to yourself and love ones to get trained.

~ Topics:

* What do to when you find someone incapacitated.
* The basics of how to administering CRP.
* Who CRP has changed in the last few years.
* Tourniquets
* First Aid
* When to use Quick Clot
* What to keep in a first aid kit.
* Get trained.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan take principles from 7 Habits of Highly People and apply them to Survival CHI.

To just survive is rather pointless. For listeners that have been with us through all 32 previous episodes hopefully we have gotten across that we do not believe in focusing on simply surviving, but living a happier more fulfilled life - whether day to do or in extreme circumstances.

Episode 33 plays off Steven Covey's7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We have taken Covey's 7 habits and manipulated them to fit being effective in your pursuit of Survival CHI enlightenment.

~ Topics:

* Being Proactive
* Setting Goals
* Developing Priorities
* Focusing on Win Win Relationships
* Learn then Teach
* Creating Synergy
* Balance

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss EDC also known as Everyday Cary. Not just the gear, but in true Jonathan and Aaron fashion, the discussion starts with the space between your ears.

EDC for Urban Survival is only slightly different from rural or wilderness EDC in that space and being "Grey" are more of a concern.

~ EDC stands for Everyday Carry. Simply put, they are the items you carry with you everyday. In the context of Survival, they are the things you carry with you everyday to help you survive the unexpected.These items might include such things as:

* Fire Starter
* Water Bottle
* Energy Bar
* Means of Self Defense
* Cell Phone
* Flashlight
* Digital Information Packet
* Basic First Aid

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan interview Tony and Maripat Kidd.

.22s rimfire guns have seen a surge in popularity over the last 4 years as ammo prices have soured and Project Appleseed grows - especially the Ruger 10/22. With that growth people have looked for higher quality Ruger 10/22 parts. However, not all after market parts are made the same.

As Aaron and Jonathan became obsessed with the .22 they stumbled upon a manufacturer outside of San Antonio, Texas making 10/22 parts. They weren't cheap, but their precision, craftsmanship, and quality made them worth every penny.

The Kidds discuss who they are, how Kidd Innovative Design came into existence, and all kinds of interesting tidbits about the .22 and gunsmithing.

~ Topics:

* How, What, When, and Why of Kidd Innovation Designs
* Explanation of two stage triggers.
* How triggers effect a shooter's trigger control.
* Tony Kidd dispels the myth that dry firing modern guns hurts the firing pin.
* Importance of dry firing for improving a shooter's accuracy.
* The accuracy potential of the .22 caliber cartridge.
* Factors that play into gun accuracy.
* What makes a truly consistent ammunition.
* Tony Kidd's picks on most accurate .22 ammunition.
* What effect barrel length and bull barrels have on the .22 caliber cartridge.
* Best way to learn more about gunsmithing.
* Advice for those aspiring to be professional gunsmiths.
* Gunsmith License
* What the future holds for Kidd Innovative Designs
* Will Tony every build a FN 5.7×28mm 10/22?

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Apr 16, 2015

Personal responsibility is the cornerstone of our Survival CHI philosophy. Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss a topic that gets them hot under the collar - Personal Responsibility. It's something that as a society we have lost sight of, yet it is paramount to a functioning modern civil society.

But, what does personal responsibly really mean? Who's fault is it the that we have gotten so far way from this most basic of values? These topics and more.

~ Topics:

* What does personal responsibility mean
* Riots and Looting
* Get off your couch and do something.
* Debt crisis and credit rating snow job.
* Removing the "safety net" to promote prosperity.
* What personal responsibility means to survival.
* Revolutions is not the answer.

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Apr 16, 2015

Sheepdogs are the men and women that protect us for the worst among us. From their tales we can best learn what violent encounters look and feel like. We can also be assured when they share stories of the best among us - those ordinary civilians that step forward in times of need.

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan interview John Smith - Author of The Wolf and The Sheepdog. Join us as we examine the life, trials, and joys of a law enforcement officer.

~ Topics:

* Who is author John Smith.
* Why Police Officers were often troubled youths.
* Maintaining a healthy mind as a Sheepdog.
* Maintaining a healthy marriage as a Sheepdog.
* An officer's most difficult part of the job.
* Why Sheepdogs brave the darkest aspects of humanity.
* What survivalist can learn from a Police Officer's experiences.

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Apr 16, 2015

Self Sufficiency is a topic of paramount importance amongst Preppers and Survivalists. Nothing represents self sufficiency more than Homesteading. But what is Urban Homesteading? What's possible for city farmers? How long does it take? How much work does it take?

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan interview Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen - Authors of The Urban Homestead and Making It. Following the theme of The Urban Homestead, Episode 28 is a discussion about why you should be gardening and what's possible.

Homesteading in a city is a major aspect of urban survival and Kelly and Erik wrote the book on it - literally. From the "what's possible" to the "How to do it", Kelly and Erik have covered all the bases with their two books: The Urban Homestead and Making it.

~ Topics:

* What is Urban Homesteading.
* What's possible for City Homesteading.
* Realistic expectations of an Urban Garden.
* How long does it take to for a garden to be productive.
* Apartment Gardens
* Getting involved with Community Gardens.
* Start off right. Tips for new gardeners.
* Urban Livestock
* Urban Beekeeping
* Food Preservation and Food Storage
* Garden planning for year round production.
* Biointensive Gardening
* Sustainable Gardening
* French Intensive Gardening

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss finding a job, keeping a job, and creating a job. On the surface talking about the way you secure your financial well-being may not sound like a "survival" show topic, but it an extremely important aspect to modern survival.

The H in Survival CHI stands for health. Health is not just about the physical. It is also your mental and financial health. As all things about Survival CHI are intertwined, if your Financial Health is under attack so too is your physical and mental health.

Working on a new start-up, Jonathan will be calling in to the show via Skype and a mobile WiFi hotspot from his temporary residence in Austin. His audio will not be the quality listeners are used to for a while.

~ Topics:

* How finding a job has changed.
* Using social networks (Community) - online and off - to find jobs.
* Understanding your market value.
* Taking pride in your work.
* The hard truth about being an entrepreneur.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined by Ron Davis for a casual discussion on the place of electronics in the survival equations.

Electronics are a tool, like any other. Episode 26 Electronics in Survival takes a causal look at why electronics should not be ignored or discounted when considering preps.

~ Topics:

* eBook Readers
* Power Sources
* EMPs
* Digital Information Packets
* Using social media as a survival tool.
* Bunnies with smart phones.
* Cell phones in disasters

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan give reviews on several products, announce a listener contest, and discuss making the discussion to bug out or not to bug out.

Bug Out Bags are great, but there are a few questions one should ask themselves. Otherwise, it's just a bag with no plan.

* Where will I - or we - go?
* When will I go?
* What is the purpose of your bag?

Listen to show for contest rules and eligibility.

~ Topics:

* Listener requested product reviews and followups.
* Things to consider when decided to bug out or shelter in place.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined by Professor Bill Jahnel for a discussion on Independence Day and what we can learn from history.

Warning: Professor Jahnel is a colorful character fond of the occasional colorful expletive. Adolescent listeners or listeners with "sensitive ears" should be mindful that this episode is explicit in some instances and other adult oriented joking.

This marks the first remote interview conducted by Aaron and Jonathan. It required some technical hurdles to be over come to accommodated our specific setup. What this means for listeners is that ITRH will now be branching out and greatly expanding the interviews conducted.

~ Topics:

* What is the importance of knowing our history?
* Facts and myths.
* Tax vs Representation, importance in emphasis.
* "How was something then and how did it change?"

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Apr 16, 2015

In this weeks episode hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss their opinions about The World As We Know It "TEOTWAWKI".

Special Notice: We now have an ITRH Urban Survival Forum. Join today and come be part of the community.

~ Topics:

* Why Aaron and Jonathan joke about Zombies.
* The pitfalls of focusing on TEOTWAWKI.
* The Disaster Probability and Commonality Matrix.
* Fallacies of the 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 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss convincing family and friends to prep.
 

~ Topics:

* Lead by example.
* Focus on things that make you life better were things are good or bad. "Does this make my life better or worse?"
* Argue with facts, logic, and knowledge.
* Bait the hook and feed slowly as apposed to info dump. Otherwise, you just overwhelm people.
* Don't preach.
* Demand nothing.
* Don't be an alarmist.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss preparing for Hurricanes. Listeners not affected by Hurricanes will find the episode useful when preparing for sever weather.

~ Topics:

* Simple technologies for staying on top of bad weather.
* Blackout Kits
* Attic Kits
* Storing water.
* Storing food.
* Tips for preparing your home for hurricane season.
* Considerations for your vehicles in hurricane season.
* Gasoline "copy canning" and storage.
* Pet considerations in hurricane preparations.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined by Ron Davis host of Confessions of an EMS Newbie Podcast for a discussion on common emergency medical myths.

~ Topics:

* Hydrogen Peroxide for treating wounds.
* Butter on burns.
* Use of Defibrillators.
* Swallowing your tongue and seizures.
* Rescue breathing for Heart Attack victims.
* Tampons for bullet holes.
* Hollywood style blood squirting.
* Removing foreign objects from wounds.
* Drinking Urine.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the concept of being "Grey" and give an update on the Urban Self Sufficiency Experiment.

Simply put, Grey is the idea of blending in. Some, such as Ron Hood, also refer to it as "being a Chameleon." Grey is a topic seldom fully covered or explained in the survival community. When it is talked about, heated debate ensues about the necessity and extent to which one should be Grey.

~ Topics:

* ITRH News: Update on Urban Self Sufficiency Experiment.
* What is Grey.
* Grey in personal appearance.
* Grey in social settings and "Operational Security", acronym OPSEC.
* Grey in preps, home, and vehicle.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined by special guest Ron Davis host of Confessions Of An EMS Newbie Podcast. Ron shares five EMS expressions that will save your life and a slew of good information about Emergency Medicine.

~ Topics:

* Who is Ron Davis?
* Saying #1, "If it is wet or sticky and not yours, don't touch it."
* Saying #2, "Hard, Fast, and Deep."
* Saying #3, "All bleeding stops eventually."
* Saying #4, "Air goes in and out. Blood goes round and round, any deviation from this is a problem."
* Saying #5, "Vitals are."
* Differences between CERT, Red Cross, EMT, Wilderness FR, and Paramedic Training
* Wilderness First Responder use in "Mass Casualty Incident", MCI acronym in Urban Settings.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan update listeners on the Rabbit phase of the self sufficiency experiment and discuss the concept of redundancy in prep.

Redundancy is an often over looked yet essential aspect to being prepared. Get the basic why and how redundancy applies to your life and preparedness.

~ Topics:

* The Military's 2 is 1 and 1 is none motto.
* Rule of 3s in your essentials of life supply.
* Food
* Water
* Shelter
* Security

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Apr 16, 2015

There are a million and more items one can choose to put in their survival bags. Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the basics of the most important survival bags: BOB, EDC, and Car Bag.

~ Topics:

* Bug Out Bags
* EDC Bags (Every Day Carry)
* Car Bags
* When you might not need to take a BOB with you everywhere you go.
* Tips for using each type of bag as a supplement to the other bags.
* Tips for avoiding issues at the airport.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jason kick off Phase I of the self sufficiency project. Episode 15 is a basic discussion of building rabbit hutches, the purpose behind the self sufficiency project, and what they are learning about it.

Warning, Aaron and Jason have been friends for many years and have a tendancy to get off topic.

~ Topics:

* The three phases of the project.
* Getting off the grid in the city.
* Different live stock choices and how the decision was made to use rabbits.
* How Survival CHI fits into this project.

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Apr 16, 2015

~ There is no opening music and no pithy introduction in today's episode. We ask you to take the time you would have spent listening to us and turn your thoughts to the victims of the recent tragedy in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississipi, Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, and Kentucky.

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Apr 16, 2015

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan are joined by Robert Swartley of Talon Arms for a general overview discussion of rimfire cartridges and their place in survival.

Rimfire guns are becoming extremely popular as ammunition costs have gone through the roof. In addition, what more and more people are learning is that shooting low caliber rimfire guns as practice directly translates to high powered cartridges.

~ Episode 13 is a primer to rimfire.
Topics

* Rimfire handguns.
* Semi-automatic rimfire riles.
* The Ruger 10/22 and why we love it.
* Bolt Action rifles.
* Why the .22lr is such a popular survival round.
* Take-down .22lr rifles.
* Tube fed vs Magazine fed rifles.

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