City of Gustav – Don’t Drink Untreated Water

Gustav takes on the questionable advice from a recent Slate article telling Backpackers that they don’t need to treat their water.  Reviewing the articles citations, Gustav breaks down the studies cited, their methodology, their findings and why the Slate author is giving bad advice.  Then Gustav describes water borne pathogens common to untreated water in the United States and Canada.

untreated water can contain Giardia lamblia

Giardia lamblia


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Tawny Kitaen Was On the Cover

Buckle up for a stream of conscience episode where the guys discuss water parks, free will, genetics and what album cover Tawny Kitaen was on.

If you hadn’t heard, America’s Favorite, Heavy Longmire is back on board and full of things to say.  We appreciate you sticking through two months of the Ty and Gus show.  To get things going, Gustav talks a bit about his kids being obsessed with zombies currently.  No doubt their father’s paranoia about the collapse of civilization has seeped into their little minds.  That leads to some gun talk, repo men stereotypes, the American Anarachist documentary, time traveling Gustav and more nutkicking about Tesla.

Heavy, unused to being in civilization, totally changes the conversation to an article Valley Butcher sent the boys about the wheels off history of Texas politics.

Ty then discusses his hatred of water parks after a recent outing with his family.  Gustav describes what it’s like to head to any public pool in the 903 area code.

Thinking back to their youth, the boys discuss Tawny Kitaen and her hotness in Whitesnake videos and album covers.  That leads to discussion about Kelly LeBrock and Weird Science.

tawny kitaen album cover for Ratt "Out of the Cellar"

She damn sure was on the album cover!

Going in a completely different direction, Ty then takes the dialogue into the world of free will, neuroscience and genetics.  Once again the evil spectre of eugenics raises it’s ugly head.  A discussion of the benefits of programs like Early Childhood Intervention ensues.

Heavy gets into physics talk and Gus describes his organic chemistry experiences in college.

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Also be sure to check out Ty’s guest appearance on Megan’s Movie Podcast where they discuss The Breakfast Club.

Professor Brad – Off the Grid

This week is the much anticipated second part of the award winning face to face interview with Professor Brad where more twitter questions are answered, crazy theories are explored and Brad lays out his plan for off the grid living.

As you remember from the first part of this interview, Ty was away and the late great Heavy Longmire is lost on the prairie for all we know. But Professor Brad was kind enough to join Gustav for pseudo-intellectual mumbo jumbo.  This episode picks up with more questions submitted by our faithful listeners via Twitter, including hypotheticals (we hope) over what someone would do for a year’s supply of food or for someone’s latest book to make it to the top of  the New York Times bestseller list.

Once the Twitter questions were done, the conversation turns to submarine talk with more hypermasculinity talk as well as a couple of apochryphal stories that may or may not be true.

marfa texas off the gridFor a while, Brad had been wanting to talk to Gustav about the logistics of going off the grid.  Brad has his eyes set on the rugged scenery around Marfa, Texas.  So far Brad has a plan and a materials list, but Gus does his best to shoot holes in Brad’s dream, the way that a slightly inebriated uncle can ruin Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and a belief in fiat currency.  Gus talks a bit about his dalliance with solar power in the past and some problems that he sees with living the off the grid lifestyle in Texas.

For some reason Brad then changes the conversation to Climate Change (probably to get Gustav wound up).  The two of them then dive into talk of ice ages, pre-Columbian environmental pollution, Terrence McKenna’s theory that magic mushrooms caused the development of language, fracking earthquakes and wondering whatever happened to the hole in the ozone layer and acid rain.

So send us your emails about living in a half buried shipping container, climate change, or the first dirty joke you told your dad to

And listen to Brad each week on his own podcast Below the Belt

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Polonium Poisoning

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The Mysterious Death of Alexander Litvenenko Due to Polonium Poisoning

This week Gustav delivers a solo episode where he brings you a lecture about Polonium poisoning, a brief history of Chechnya, and the assassination of Alexander Litvenenko.

Stealing a page from historian and documentary maker James Burke, Gustav tries to weave a tale of how history and science combined to explain the assassination of former KGB/FSB officer Alexander Litvenenko.

Starting off with a brief history of Chechnya and their resistance to any outside forces, Gustav lays the foundation for the tale.  He then turns to Paris in 1898 as Pierre and Marie Curie break ground in the fledgling science of nuclear physics.  Madame Curie discovered Polonium, which she was awarded one of her Nobel Prizes for her research.

Moving to the twentieth century, the Chechen interaction with the powers of the Soviet Union continue their pattern of resistance and and punitive actions.  With the discussion of World War II, he moves to the United States Manhattan Project and their usage of Polonium for the fledgling nuclear arms production.

Then Gustav jumps to the late eighties as we pick up the tale of Alexander Litvenenko, a young KGB officer.  He explains the evolution of the post Soviet security/intelligence community in the fledgling Russian Federation and describes the impact of corruption and capitalism in the nineties.


Litvenenko’s stand against corruption in the FSB which Vladimir Putin was the head, sent him on a path of persecution, exile and ultimately ended with his assassination via polonium poisoning.

While there has never been a definitive resolution to the mystery of Litvenenko’s polonium poisoning, Gustav lays out the primary suspects and the general consensus of Western law enforcement, as well as some alternate theories out of the Russian Federation.

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