This is an updated ranking of the current best prepper podcasts. Our first rankings were in 2017, and we will continue to update these rankings as new content is created and new podcasts emerge on the scene.
Prepper podcasts are a great way to stay informed. The best prepper podcast is the one you feel you can learn the most from. You can listen to podcasts on the go or at home by downloading or streaming. I prefer to stream podcasts on my commute to and from work. It gives me targeted information that I simply could not get from talk radio or the news. For those that are not familiar with podcasts, it is a fancy word for a simple concept. They are pre-recorded radio shows that usually span 30 minutes to an hour.
You can use your computer or smartphone to subscribe to these shows and they will be automatically delivered when the next episode is available, so you can listen whenever you want. This makes them great for entertainment or information on the go. All you need is a podcast player, whether it is an app you download on your smartphone or a stream built into a website like Stitcher.
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What are Prepper Podcasts?
Podcasts may still seem like a new way to stay informed, but they have been around long enough for many podcasts about prepping to have come and gone. Much like blogs, there are pages and pages of podcasts that have come and gone as the producers grew bored or simply moved on from making podcasts. For that reason, we do not include any podcasts that no longer show an intention of running in our rankings. Although old podcasts are not valued any less just because there is no new content, there are plenty of podcasts today that are offering fresh perspectives and purposeful content.
If you are familiar with prepper podcasts, you may notice a few big names missing and that is not a mistake. Bland content and having almost as much ad time as podcast time will not land you in the rankings. With that out of the way, let’s get to the countdown:
10. The Survival Show
A solid urban and wilderness survival-focused podcast run by experts Craig Caudill and David Roberts since 2018. There are very few forays into politics here and they put on an entertaining and informational show about once a week. Most episodes are under 15 minutes, but a few of the more involved topics run past 90 minutes.
Craig has written a handful of wilderness survival books and runs the Nature Reliance School. David founded Ultimate Survival Tips and has a few inventions under his belt. This pair of bonafide pros expand on survival topics well past the basics you can find in a book and are worth a listen.
9. Practical Prepping Podcast
Mark and Krista have churned out a little over 120 episodes in about a year since they started in late 2020. They hang their hats on non-apocalyptic prepping, which is always refreshing to find since you know you won’t be getting over-the-top fearmongering.
They have a straightforward, informational style and produce a pretty good show. The episodes run about 20-30 minutes and are live a few times a week. Check them out if you are looking for a new podcast.
8. The Practical Prepper Podcast
“Average Joe” is an easy listen and gives us some great no-spin advice in his podcast. He teaches courses over at the National Self-Reliance Initiative, so it feels like we’re getting a good deal when he’s sharing his expertise for free in a podcast.
The episodes run between 15-45 minutes and are released pretty much weekly. They also rotate hosts sometimes, with Schmitty running the latest series. This keeps the format fresh but does disrupt the continuity of the podcast. Anyways, this podcast is worth subscribing to.
7. Prepping 2.0 Podcast
Glen and Shelby are some serious writers-turned-podcasters with a slew of books between the two of them. Their podcasts are well planned, produced, and edited and measure up exactly 52 minutes each time. They can turn a little political here and there, as expected, but they share some seriously great points on prepping and get down to the nitty-gritty of it all.
Prepping 2.0 has a die-hard follower base because they come off as extremely likable and knowledgeable at the same time. They release a new show every week like clockwork, so it’s worth checking out and considering a subscription.
6. Canadian Prepper Podcast
Not to be confused with Nate Polson of YouTube “Canadian Prepper” fame, this trio also has plenty of experience to share. Alan, Ian, and Eric bring different perspectives to each episode. They put an episode out once a week and they tend to last anywhere from 50 minutes to well over two hours, so they are thorough on each topic.
5. Survival and Basic Badassery Podcast
A trio of “pretty normal” young guys that each brings a unique perspective to the topics they cover. They focus on urban survival topics about once a week for 30 minutes to an hour. The podcast is well produced and fun to listen to and has even been featured on iTunes. They send out a new podcast at least once a week, so there is plenty of content.
4. The Survivalist Prepper Podcast
Dale covers the more likely scenarios as well as the TEOTWAWKI ones. The result is a well-rounded podcast that stays grounded in reason. Broadcasting once a week since 2015, he has quite a few episodes under his belt that don’t wander off into ‘tin hat’ territory. Dale gives a new podcast about once a week.
3. The Prepper Website Podcast
The Prepper Website Podcast was brand spanking new when we first started reviewing in 2017, but we knew it would be a hit like everything else Todd touches in the prepping community. Todd has been a staple of the prepping community for decades now with his suite of websites led by Prepper Website. He leaned into this podcasting ‘project’ and it really shows with a quality body of work these few years later. Todd has a great eye for curating the best content on the web, and that is what he does on this podcast.
This podcast cuts through the noise, and you get the important articles you don’t want to miss five days a week in audio format. I have had this show on my work commute for years now and enjoy the even-handed tone and informative content. Check it out and consider subscribing if you want all of the newest prepping information on the web brought to you daily.
2. The Survival Podcast
The Survival Podcast is still the quintessential podcast on prepping, urban survival, and wilderness survival. You don’t have to take our word for it either; he has a ton of episodes, a slew of rave reviews, and a huge base of subscribers. If you haven’t checked out Jack’s podcast, you need to try it out at least once to see why it sits at the top of the list. He keeps a variety of guests rotating through and covers a very broad range, so the podcast never seems to get stale no matter how many episodes he cranks out. Jack delivers a new show every weekday, so the content adds up quickly.
1. The Casual Preppers Podcast
These guys were a new-ish podcast when they showed up in our top 10 back in 2017, but they have blown up since then. Coby and Cam have honed their banter into a well-oiled prepping information machine, but don’t take themselves too seriously. When you listen to the show, we can promise you that you will not be bored. They have always been down-to-earth and interesting guys and are doing a fantastic job of making prepping accessible and keeping existing preppers engaged.
If you haven’t tried this podcast, this is the one to try on this list.
Retired Prepper Podcasts
There are plenty of great podcasts that are no longer producing content but are worth a listen. These include:
- In the Rabbit Hole Survival – iTunes – Android – Stitcher – 199 episodes available – Highest ranking while live = 3
- Today’s Survival Show – Android – Stitcher – 99 episodes available – Highest ranking while live = 4
- The Prepper Podcast – iTunes – Stitcher – 10 episodes available – Highest ranking while live = 6
- Rational Survivor Podcast – Stitcher – 8 episodes available – Highest ranking while live = 7
The Final Word
Prepper podcasts can give you the information you need to have an edge if SHTF. There is plenty of knowledge out there, and podcasts make it easier to borrow some of it while you are on the go. There is a wide range of topics and personalities just inside the prepping community. If you are looking for other mediums to explore prepping and survival topics, check out these rankings and roundups:
- The 20 Best Prepper YouTube Channels
- 50 Survival Movies Preppers Should Watch
- 21 Prepper TV Shows Worth Watching
- 10 Off-Grid TV Shows Worth Watching
If you have any favorite podcasts that we may have missed or chose not to rank, weigh in below in the comment section. If we haven’t heard it in a while we will give it a shot.
Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.
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