Category Archives: Podcasts

Episode-1973- Listener Calls for 3-30-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on water, invasive species, guns, wind abatement, desert gardens, swales, government and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Using creek water for bathing, washing food, etc.
  • Thoughts on using plants called “invasive species”
  • How to bury a gun, or should you even do this
  • Dealing with wind killing your garden
  • Gardening in the desert
  • Installing swales and time budgeting
  • Will the government “push” self driving cars

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1972- 20 Things Every Child Should Know How To Do By Age 14

I rail on the millennial generation a lot, more accurately I rail on their parents (my generation) for not teaching them life skills and frankly reality.  Well, you can bitch about things or your can provide solutions, and I try to be a solutions guy.

I want to be clear, that these skills alone will not fix the problem, there is a philosophical difference that is a problem as well.  In the generations before parents put themselves where they belonged, at the head of the family. They were first parents and secondly their child’s friend.  I will say a bit on this today, because it needs saying but if you take the path of teaching your kids these skills, perhaps even first learning a few yourself I think you will find you have to do what many parents no longer do, lead.

This is the crux of the problem, our nation is desperately lacking leadership, and we keep looking beyond ourselves for it.  Well trust me when your 12 year old daughter is wielding a Glock or a skill saw, you will see the need for leadership instantly.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Why I chose this topic for today
  • How the mental shift lead to the skills being lost
  • Why we must restore individual leadership in America today
  • My list of 20 things is not the list of “THE 20 THINGS” – this is important
  • 20 things every child should be able to do by age 14
    • Possesses basic economic literacy
    • Be able to teach what they know to others with confidence
    • Be able to identify edible and dangerous plants in their area
    • Grow plants and propagate them
    • Safely use firearms
    • Use basic hand tools (mechanical and wood working)
    • Use basic power tools (drill, saws, etc.)
    • Cook (this doesn’t mean make Kraft mac and cheese)
    • Catch fish local to their area
    • Be able to argue a point with basic logic
    • How to do laundry
    • Self directed learning
    • How to train a dog
    • Basic self defense
    • Basic entrepreneurial thinking
    • How to use a shovel, a hoe, a pick and a rake
    • Start a fire, keep it safe and put it out
    • Repair and maintain a bicycle
    • Practice basic first aid
    • Safely use a ladder
  • Final Thoughts – Don’t like my list, add, subtract, append, make your own

Resources for today’s show…

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Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1971- Future Business, Political and Entrepreneurial Trends

Today we are going to take a look at where we are and where we are headed in 2017 and beyond.  We will start off with a brief look at current politics, and how I expect to see the health care fiasco play out.  I will also discuss where I think relations with China will head under the Trump administration.  Lastly will we see major tax reform in Trump’s administration, if so what will it look like.

Next we will look at trends in business for the next 4 years, who will the new winners and losers be?  Why we will see death and a limited rebirth in retail.  How block chain technology will be embraced by some of the largest corporations in the world and what that might mean for us in the future.

We then turn to entrepreneurship at the individual level.  I tell you the types of jobs and side hustles I think will be effective in the next 5-10 years.  I will talk about why you should profit from things even if they are short term trends as well.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The Obamacare mess is right where I said it would be
  • Why Trump will make things in the end even easier for China
  • Why tax reform will likely happen, why it frankly has to
  • How retail is dying and being reborn at the same time
  • Why the banks have to move to a block chain like technology
  • How marketing will become laser targeted in the next 10 years
  • Some entrepreneurship level opportunities and why they have merit
    • Home and homestead level automation
    • Unique high end food and beverage items
    • Real Estate – get creative
    • Block Chain Technology Is The New Internet
  • Above all think agility and adaptation

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1970- Listener Feedback for 3-27-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on planting trees, evolving technology, economics, ammo selection, social media and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Getting ground ready for tree planting
  • The death of retail continues and what it all means
  • Listener feedback on a week of rewind episodes
  • A millennial speaks the truth about what it takes to succeed today
  • Selecting ammo for newbies
  • Understanding the tax advantages of even a micro enterprise
  • Why I don’t automate my “social media”
  • Balancing paleo and permaculture

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-36- TSP Rewind – The One Year Anniversary Show

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-224- The One Year Anniversary Show and was first broadcast on June 19th, 2009.

Not much for show notes today.  Today’s show is all calls from the audience describing what the last year has been like for them.  I only speak about 90 seconds total today.  Get ready to be inspired!  If you have been looking for a way to get friends and family on board, I think this will be a great show to share with them.

Today we continue with our week of vintage shows.  The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Episode-35- TSP Rewind – The Core Mission of The Survival Podcast

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-223- The Core Mission of The Survival Podcast and was first broadcast on June 18th, 2009.

Today we continue with our week of vintage shows.  This show was one day shy of our one year anniversary episode.  I took this moment to reflect on our first, explain what I was really doing and lay out the future vision for the show and community.  I think after listening to it, you will see that all the way forward into 2017 we are still on track.

The following are the original show notes form this episode.

So what are we really doing every day on TSP?  Is it just about storing food, creating self sufficiency and putting together a more sustainable life?  Of course the show is about those things but it also about a lot more.

Tomorrow we are doing a very special episode in honor of our 1 year anniversary.  So today I wanted to inspire you to really think about how you are living, what your goals are and decide you really can take control.  While I hope today’s show is inspirational I think what you hear from fellow listeners tomorrow will be even more so.

Resources for Today’s Show

Episode-34- TSP Rewind – Survival Lessons from the Aguan River Valley

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-185- Survival Lessons from the Aguan River Valley and was first broadcast on April 22nd, 2009.

Today we continue with our week of vintage shows.  This show chronicles 6 months I spent on deployment to one of the most remote parts of Honduras.  I was part of team building roads in this third world nation.  This time changed my life in many ways, also as I was 19 at this time I did a lot of growing up as a man in this place.

At the time I simply wanted this tour to be over, today looking back it was a great blessing and turning point in my life.  Later it would lead me to my decision after finishing my service to hike about a third of the Appalachian Trail before moving to Texas.

The following are the original show notes from this episode.

In 1991-1992 at the age of 19 I took part in something called “Operation Furetes Caminos” as part of a detachment to the 536th Combat Engineers.  From Dec 91 – June of 92 we worked to carve 10 miles of road into the Honduran interior in one of the harshest environments in the world.  While there I learned a lot about life, survival and I learned how that which seems desolate and harsh can show you some of the most beautiful things the world has to offer.

Join me today on another time travel event back to 1992 as we recall together what the real power of man is all about.  I will tell you lessons I learned and acted on at 19 that I could not articulate or even understand until more then a decade later. Today’ show notes are brief, just tune in the story speaks for itself.

Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, (866-658-4465) please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.

Episode-33- TSP Rewind – Five More Lies That Attack Liberty

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-43- Five More Lies that Attack Individual Freedom and Liberty and was first broadcast on August 28, 2008.

Today we continue with our week of vintage shows.  Today’s show builds upon yesterdays.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Today’s show expands on yesterday’s and gives you five more lies that most American’s believe to be true. No conspiracy theories or tin foil hat concepts here. This stuff is all wide open and easy to verify as fact by reading simple history and looking at current realities.

Sorry for the background noise in today’s show, while I think the audio is over all much better my mobile studio seemed to attract every semi truck on the highway today.

Tune in today to get my thoughts on,

  • The lie that the “governments role is to solve the problems of the people”
  • How ridiculous the concept of a “government that would solve individual problems” would be in a discussion among the Founding Fathers
  • The lie that “America is the freest nation in the world”
  • One thing that you can do in many countries that will get you arrested at gun point in America
  • The lie that we need to “spend more on national defense”
  • The fact that the U.S. spends more money on our military then the combined military budgets of every other nation in the world combined
  • The reality that the U.S. economic system is now best defined as fascist
  • The lie that it is “normal for the price of goods and cost of living to continually rise over time”
  • The effect of having a false paper currency backed by nothing and what a 1935 silver quarter still buys today
  • The lie that “politicians should be experienced”
  • How a government of “career politicians” have destroyed our freedom, yet not had to live with the consequences of their decisions as private citizens
  • Why a Kansas farmer, Texas rough necker or Detroit auto worker would all be better as our senators then the people we have in office today

Resources for today’s show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

Episode-32- TSP Rewind – Five Lies That Attack Liberty

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-42- Five Lies that Attack Individual Freedom and Liberty and was first broadcast on August 27, 2008.

This week I am tied up all week with the Spring Workshop, so I wanted to do something special with the rewind episodes.  Today is the first of a two part series, and they are from VERY early in the shows history.

You will note in these episodes the problems we discuss are articulated in much the same way as we do today.  What has changed is the solutions have become more evident, both due to our learning in this journey and due to evolution in technology.

Later this week we will take a journey to the Aguan River Valley of Honduras, hear the first SOTPA (state of the podcast address) then on Friday we will hear from listeners who changed their lives in the first year of the podcast.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Today’s podcast covers five lies that have been marketed to people by both industry and government and how they take away individual liberty and national freedom. This show is a long one but these were some things I feel honestly called to speak about and I have a great deal of passion for them.

I know many listeners are more interested in practical preparation but one can not separate survival mentality from individual liberty. Where as the sheeple follow the government and seek solutions from them, the individualist knows that he or she is the master of their own fate.

Today’s podcast may challenge some of your beliefs and might even make you angry at times. That just means is isn’t the same old – same old. Tune in to get my thoughts about,

  • The lie that “its a consumer driven economy and there is nothing wrong with that” and how it is driving people and our nation into the oppression of debt.
  • The lie of “no child left behind” and that “everyone should go to college” and how it is destroying our economy and making us dependent on illegal immigrant labor
  • The noble professions no one goes to college to do and why we need quality people to do them
  • The lie that “The Constitution gives us rights” and how that lie grants government power that it does not and should not have
  • Why The Constitution does not “apply to Americans” and how it actually applies to humans
  • The lie of class warfare and how it convinces you that you don’t have what you want because of some other group
  • The class structure of Europe that we left behind and why it needs to stay there
  • The lie that “you can’t do it” or “you can’t make it” with out government help and how the government is actually the problem that limits individual achievement
  • The lie of being told what you want or told what is a success or a failure or what you need
  • Why no matter who runs Washington we all still have the ability to declare individual liberty
  • How we lost the attitude of “this family doesn’t take charity” and how that is killing us
  • How the individual spirit and personal fortitude is stronger then any law, government or situation
  • How many of the “poor” are really free and many of the most “successful” are enslaved by life and debt
  • How your personal action, personal spirit and determination are your greatest survival asset

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

Episode-1969- Expert Council Q and A for Saint Pat’s Day

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on plants, nutritional supplements, passive solar, steam treatments, essential oils, kombucha, investing, homeschooling, liberty under attack and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Labeling your plants – Nick Ferguson
  • The reality of exogenesis supplements – Gary Collins
  • Dealing with orientation of a home for passive solar – Ben Falk
  • Using steam to treat respiratory issues – Doc Bones
  • Getting a scoby for kombucha – Erica Strauss
  • Investing in a 401K with limited options – John Pugliano
  • More on the attack on home schooling – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • Why there is a war on freedom, follow up to Mike and Sue – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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