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Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Survival Podcast

I've been listening to The Survival Podcast every morning for about a year now, and would go so far as to say that it has changed my way of thinking on many subjects. It is put together by Jack Spirko, an is usually around 1hr - 1hr45mins per episode. The podcast covers every subject imaginable under the survival/prepper banner from Foodstorage to firearms, medicine to permaculture. There are regular guests on the show that are usually experts in their field which means there are always new ideas and perspectives coming through on the show. In Jacks own words:

"The Survival Podcast is a daily online audio show about self sufficiency and self reliance in the modern world. I conceived and created this podcast because over the years I have come to realize how fragile the human condition and the United States economy really is."

I listen each morning in the first hour of the day when there's rarely anybody else around, if you can spare the time to listen to the podcast, maybe on the way to/from work, etc it's a great way to claim back dead time and benefit from it. It has been a driving factor in my own journey towards self reliance and preparedness, and some of the information shared on the show has been absolutely invaluable. Although TSP is based Stateside it still holds great relevance to survivalists in the UK too and doesn't spend too much time on the "Beans and Bullets" style that comes across a lot when trawling through most American material.

I love Jacks style, which his tagline sums up "Helping you live a better life, If times get tough, or even if they don't" it isn't all doom and gloom, and most topics covered are just as beneficial and enriching to life is the shit DOESN'T hit the fan, and if it does? well you'll be one step ahead.

I'll Leave you with the Guiding Concepts for the Survival, as taken from their about page:

"The Guiding Concepts The Survival Podcast are Based On Include
1. Debt is cancer, it is killing our economy and killing the dreams of many Americans. There may be little you can do about the total national debt but you can control your own debt. Do so now!
2. Protecting the environment is a good thing and it should be done. That said climate change is not our most immediate danger. We are not all going to die from global warming, the evidence that carbon is the cause is thin at best. The biggest cause of the green house effect is water vapor, don’t come here looking for activist environmentalism, you will be disappointed.
3. In spite of our view expressed above we are huge supporters of alternative energy such as wind and solar. Primarily because they help to provide more self sufficiency and economic long term stability. The danger of oil is its finite nature and inability to meet long term global demand.
4. Always be frugal, never be “cheap”. One protects your financial position the other always costs you more in the long run.
5. No matter what the sheeple tell you, what you do does matter and you do control your own destiny. Live life to the fullest and understand that you have more control over your life then anyone or anything else."  


  1. Will give it a listen; have heard of it before, but not got round to giving it a go. Like the expression 'beans and bullets' - I may use that one!

  2. I have been listening to jack for about 4 or 5 years now and he has been a huge influence on my life and I especially love his enthusiasm for permaculture. I was aware od Permaculture beforee listening to the survival podcast but always thought it was some hippy rubbish. Jack is certainly not a hippy an has done a lot to introduce permaculture to a whole new group of people who would have not normally taken it seriously.


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