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Episode-2148- Ryan Lewellin of the Cold War Cast

The 1983 TV Movie called “The Day After” Impacted Many Who Grew Up in the 70s and 80s, It Even “Depressed” President Ronald Reagan and Changed the Course of The Cold War.

Ryan Lewellin is the host of the Cold War Cast, a podcast that chronicles the history of the Cold War and tries to tell as much of the story as possible through the pop culture of the time.

Ryan has also written an ebook with in-depth analysis of Red Dawn from his historical and military perspective called “Wolverines: Reflections on Red Dawn”.

Today Ryan and I discuss dystopian fiction and lessons from it, including Red Dawn, The Day After, 1984 and The Twilight Zone.  We also discuss the mind set of people from the 50s-80s vs today in regard to the cold war threat, basic preparedness and other issues.

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-2147- Seed Starting Primer for 2018

Last week we talked about a lot of great new plants to grow for 2018 so today is a good time to talk about starting all those seeds you’ve ordered or will be ordering this month.  Today’s show was prompted by a question about leggy seedlings of tomatoes grown for market sales, but I think it will help everyone.

Today’s show includes a segment from a show back in 2012.  I am doing this to help save my voice during my cold (dubbed snot slinger flu).  More so however, because I think this information is imperative to understanding how to get best results with seed starting, and frankly the way I teach it hasn’t changed in all these years.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Understanding how seeds germinate in the wild (this answers so many questions)
  • Setting up your seed starting systems
    • How much do you want/need to start
    • Indoors, garage, outdoors. green house
    • Lights (LED, T5, T8, Natural)
    • Heating (mats, space heating, etc)
  • Determining your starting dates
    • Determine last frost date
    • Plan at least one week later
    • Count backwards based on time to “set out”
  • Trouble shooting
    • Slow / Low germination
    • Leggy
    • Poor color
    • Mold, slime, etc.
  • Final thoughts

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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Episode-2146- Listener Feedback Aquaponics Edition

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on aquaponics.  Since I launched my Indoor Aquaponics Project on YouTube tons of questions are coming in so I am taking today to answer a few of them.

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…

  • What is the best type of bed to make from 55 gallon drums
  • Should you build a system in full sun, partial shade or heavy shade
  • What is the best source of good bacteria to kick start a new system
  • What about feeding mosquito larva or other natural feed to your fish
  • What does and does not go in an aquaponics system
  • What kind of ROI do you get on a aquaponics system
  • How can you deal with “sludge” without a solids separator
  • What fish gives you the best ROI in an aquaponics system
  • Where do you get seed for black oil sunflower microgreens
  • What about pollinators in your system
  • More on grocery store planting any any concerns about it
  • If I could only have one, wicking, ebb and flow or raft which would I pick and why

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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Episode-2145- Expert Council Q&A for 1-12-18

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 gardening, bees, cooking, food storage, TMJ treatment, cars, eczema, cryptocurrency 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

  • Using hay as mulch – Nick Ferguson
  • Of bee smokers and fuels – Michael Jordan
  • Building the preppers pantry – Chef Keith Snow
  • Dealing with Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) – Doc Bones
  • The right intervals for oil changes – Charles Sanville
  • Dealing with eczema – Gary Collins
  • Two new crypto currencies on my radar – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsor 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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

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Episode-2144- Listener Calls for 1-11-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on  guns, food storage, herbalism, cooking, aquaponics, lethal force 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…

  • A new single shot shotgun to check out
  • How to use a hand warmer as an O2 absorber
  • The right alcohol for making tinctures
  • More on induction cooking and cast iron
  • The right spatula for cast iron cooking
  • Baking instead of frying bacon
  • The advantages of ebb and flow over constant flow beds
  • Heating a large fish system in winter
  • The requirements for the use of lethal force

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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Episode-2143- Mark Herr from The Center for Self Governance

Mark Herr, Sr. is a U.S. Air Force retiree and holds a masters degree in business administration and is the president, co- founder, and Instruction Development Director for The Center for Self Governance, (CSG) a training institution specifically for citizens to teach how to exercise their civic authority, how to leverage self-governance, and how to hold local, state, and federal elected officials accountable.

At CSG, Mark researches and studies human governments, social tensions and stabilization theories. His innovations in and experimentation with social stabilization theory is hailed as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘cutting-edge’.

Since 2011, he travels non-stop nationwide training, coaching, and mentoring CSG Trainees in the application of these theories. It is his hope that CSG will deeply cement the science and application of self-governance into the U.S. culture for generations to come.

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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Episode-2142- 21 Unique Things I will be Growing this Year

Japanese Purple Sweet Potato and Cubanelle Peppers in my Aviary.

Time for a fun show looking ahead to when all the ice and danger of heavy frost is gone.  Last year I found some new gems and this year I am planning major grow bed expansion so I have found some new ideas and some old favorites to add to the 2018 planting list.

Basically if you are a Gardner or grower or plant geek, today is a bit of plant porn for the winter cabin fever blues.  I will be providing a link for all seeds, some will be to companies that are MSB partners, some to companies that offer things our partners do not and some even to Amazon or eBay because you just can’t get them any other way.

My view with growing plants for food has always followed this guidelines in no particular order…

  • Grow what you like to eat
  • Grow what is expensive to buy
  • Grow what you can’t buy or is hard to find
  • Grow things that store well with little to no effort
  • Grow things that are perennial or that self seed
  • Grow things with more than one use
  • Grow things that have little disease/pest pressure
  • Grow honey badger plants (plants that just don’t give a shit)
  • Grow things that allow you to interplant in layers
  • Try a few new/weird things each year
  • Grow things that are “super foods”

Look any one of those is enough reason for me to grow something, frankly “because I effing feel like it”, is enough reason but the more check marks something gets, the more interested in growing it I become.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Why grow more than just the usual suspects
  • My plant starting set up for this year
  • Things I plant to grow this year and why
    • Cubanelle Peppers –  link
    • Datil Peppers –  link
    • Lemon Drop Peppers –  link
    • Habnada Pepper –  link
    • Corbaci Pepper –  link
    • Hairy Gourd –  link
    • White Flowered Gourd –  link
    • Bitter Mellon –  link
    • Mouse Mellon –  link
    • Scarlet Runner Beans –  link
    • Red Noodle Beans –  link
    • Japanese Purple Sweet Potato –  link
    • Daikon Radish –  link
    • Tomatillo Verde –  link
    • Achocha –  link
    • Beets – (Baby recycled) –  Just get them in a grocery store
    • Zucchino Rampicante Squash (trombone zucchini) –  link
    • Orach – Mixed –  link
    • Bloody Dock –  link
    • New Zealand Spinach –  link
    • Hopi Red Amaranth – link

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.

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Episode-Episode-2141- Listener Feedback for 1-8-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on guns, cooking, aquaponics, online security, life insurance, cryptocurrency, investing, irrigation 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…

  • GunAdapters – added to the MSB and why you should care
  • A new use for acorn squash – amazing soup!
  • How to size your bell siphons relative to a grow bed
  • Getting good bacteria into a new aquaponics system
  • A casting call for those living off grid via Gary Collins
  • Managing all your passwords securely
  • One more time, why I hate, more accurately loathe whole life insurance
  • How does Ethereum benefit from alt coins spun off of it
  • What to do with stock dividends in an IRA
  • Of drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hard water
  • Why the TSP method of prepping works for someone almost every day

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.

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

GunAdapters.com added to the MSB

Be warned GunAdapters.com has such a cool set of products you may find yourself picking up a break action shotgun just to get some of them.  With GunAdapters.com your 12 gauge can shoot 20, 28 or 410 shells.  But it doesn’t end there how about 22LR, 22Mag or even 17HMR.  Oh but we are not done yet, how about 38 special, 45 colt, 9mm and even 45 ACP.   And don’t worry there are kits for your 16, 20 or 410 guns as well.

The 12 gauge or 20 gauge single shot or double barrel is already one of the most flexible and adaptable weapons ever created, and inexpensive to boot.  GunAdapters.com increases that flexibility in mind boggling ways.  There are even more options than that and you can even turn your shotgun into a 209 inline muzzle loader!

Now for the discount I got you.  First I got everyone, MSB or not a 15% discount on any order, this discount is a one time use discount for this month only.  You can buy any items you want and get 15% off one single order for the month of January.  The code for everyone is TSP15.

As you might imagine I was able to get your guys in the MSB an even better deal.  First on all orders under 100 dollars you can get 15% off  but can use the code as many times as you want, whenever you want.  But it gets better!  Because on all orders over 100 dollars and you get a full 20% off.  And again that is as many times as you want to use the code and whenever you want to order.

Like I said they have a mind boggling array of options but here are few that I find really cool.

  • First they have a “Stack and Pack Kit” for 12 gauge.  This will let you fire, 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 410 bore, 45 colt and 22 LR, all from your 12 gauge and they all stack together for ultra compact carry.  As in the 410 fits in the 20, the 22 fits in the 410.  You can add all this flexibility to a shot gun for a whopping 60 bucks.  Less of course that 15% discount bringing the cost down to just 51 dollars.
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  • Next I love their “Scavenger Kits“, these are available for 12, 16, and 20 gauge shotguns and will let any of them fire the following, 22 LR, .22 WMR, 410, 45 Colt, 9mm’ 40 S&W, 38 Special and 380 ACP.  They have this kit for 410 as well but of course it doesn’t include the 410 adapter.  These kits range from 125-150 dollars but with your 20% MSB discount that would only be 100-120.
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  • The above kits are the more affordable short smooth bore adapters and they are pretty useful for shotgun gauge conversions or pinking or survival use with pistol rounds.   For higher accuracy they make rifled adapters in lengths of 3 inch Zombie Series5 inch Bug Out Series or 8 inch Pathfinder Series

Longer adapters are more accurate and give higher velocity, shorter ones of course take less space and add less weight to your kit.  Rifled adapters can be bought in kits or individually.  On say a six caliber kit your 20% discount would really add up.

For instance if you wanted to go all out and get the “Pick 6 Caliber Pathfinder Set” with six, eight inch rifled adapters for $450.00 your MSB discount of 20 percent would save you 90 dollars bringing the price down to $360.  Remember today is the LAST day of the MSB 30 dollar sale, but this discount if you wanted this kit would pay for that membership 3 times over.

Anyway I am very excited to bring this company on board as an MSB partner.  I am going to be talking with Hatfield Shotguns this month about some thing and this just seems to be a really great fit for that and for you guys as well.  To see these awesome adapters visit www.gunadapters.com today.

Please Note – Due to regulations GunAdapters ships to US Customers only.  Sorry no international orders.

P.S. – For MSB Members the codes are already in the Benefits Section of the MSB.  Just log in to get them.  If you are still not an MSB Member remember our current sale expires at midnight tonight.

Episode-2140- Expert Council Q&A for 1-5-18

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 coffee, wetlands, blockchain, prepping for new parents, knives, firearms, the constitution 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

  • Forget decaf, how do we make hi caf coffee – Nicole Sauce
  • Of roads and wetlands – Ben Falk
  • What is the deal with Dragon Chain – Ben Fitts
  • What to do when a new baby is coming as a prepper – Mike and Sue
  • What to look for in a survival/back packing knife – Patrick Roehrman
  • Firearms storage when kids are involved – Dan Ohmann
  • Thought on the Jeff Sessions decision about cannabis – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsor 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.

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

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