About the show

The Bitcoin Dad is here to explain the context around the monetary revolution that is Bitcoin. The technological, social, and financial complexities of Bitcoin are hard to understand and your Bitcoin Dad will give you a foundation to make up your own mind. He'll cover news, history, and a lot of practical projects that you can do yourself to get started with Bitcoin!

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  • Episode 113: Wet Hot Financial Surveillance

    December 1st, 2023  |  45 mins 18 secs
    altcoins, bad entropy, bbcnews article, bitcoin education, bitcoin environmental fud, bitcoins stolen, central management, dual-funded channels, economics, falling, global r*, lightning, liquidity advertisements, mechanistic model, news, privacy, rebuttal, shiny new fud ammo, us treasury, warrantless mass surveillance, water usage

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the US Treasury's latest attack on free speech and financial privacy, dual funded lightning channels and the newest bitcoin FUD, which is WET.

  • Episode 112: Interview: Peter Todd Critiquing Drivechain

    November 28th, 2023  |  25 mins 13 secs

    The bitcoin dad gets a critical technical review of Paul Storcz' Drivechain proposal from bitcoin technologist and thinker Peter Todd. Peter was commissioned by Paul to write a drivechain critique and did not shirk, describing multiple issues he found with the protocol, this is an interesting and technical exploration of Peter's technical paper.

  • Episode 111: Strangling the Golden Duck

    November 24th, 2023  |  57 mins 24 secs
    altcoins, antitrust lawsuit, apple, argentina, bhutan, binance, bitcoin mining, bitcoin optech, bitrex, cloudflare, coinbase, coincenter, compliance, cz, diminishing returns, dollarization, education city, f2pool, fine, forbes, hard currency, hydro powered, lightning offer addresses, lyn alden, mempool observer, money laundering, ofac, ofac listed addresses, polygon, sec, shutdown, solana, stablecoins, u.s. bank secrecy act, us regulations, wallet of satoshi, zeus developer account

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss Binance's settlement with the US Justice department, the end of the era of wildcat crypto exchanges, and its implications for bitcoin as a free financial system. They also cover censorship by F2Pool, a note from Lyn Alden on failing monetary gatekeeping, and how to host your own reusable lightning URL.

  • Episode 110: Interview: Waxwing

    November 21st, 2023  |  1 hr 9 secs
    adopting bitcoin 2023, coinjoin, joinmarket, pathcoin presentation, waxwing

    The bitcoin dad interviews Waxwing after the Adopting Bitcoin 2023 conference. Waxwing talks about a decade of evolving bitcoin, its community, transactability, and the vision of digital cash.

  • Episode 109: Maliable Guildlines

    November 17th, 2023  |  55 mins 7 secs

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss a new fincen ruling with wide implications for 'legal' bitcoin usage, the nuances of CPI slowing while inflation continues, and transaction malleability in bitcoin optech.

  • Episode 108: The End Game is Here

    November 12th, 2023  |  1 hr 12 mins
    altcoins, bear steepeners, bitcoin education, bitcoin optech, bull market, crypto scams, crypto transactions, economic growth, el salvador tourism, fed rate hikes, ftx creditors lawsuit, germany recession, global banking system risks, kansas bank failure, kyc, lightning enhancements, planb indicator, privacy, s&p rating, salvadoran conference, uk exchanges, us treasury auction, visa corporation ad spend

    Chris and the bitcoin dad record in San Salvador, El Salvador covering the Adopting Bitcoin 2023 conference. It is also the beginning of the End Game, a US Treasury Auction has failed, it looks like another global monetary crisis has started, and bitcoin needs to be ready.

  • Episode 107: Real Time Kollisions

    November 5th, 2023  |  49 mins 22 secs
    altcoins, bitcoin scripting, do kwan, federal reserve, fednow, irs, john doe summons, kollider lightning derivatives exchange, kraken, mastercard, nic carter, rtp, safemoon, sbf, terra-luna, u.s. regional bank, u.s. securities and exchange commission, wall street journal

    Chris and the bitcoin dad sit down in Bitcoin Beach to discuss a week of media attacks on bitcoin, the philosophy of bitcoin scripting, and ongoing legacy banking shenanigans.

  • Episode 106: The Trust is Bust

    October 28th, 2023  |  39 mins 41 secs
    altcoins, bitcoin, boosts, central bank risk, coinjoin, fincen, fiscal dominance, lightning htlc recycling attack, podcasting 2.0, privacy, protocol level vulnerability, rich dad poor dad, sats, sponsors, tax implications, travel, us social security trust fund

    The bitcoin dad introduces a practical guide to Fiscal Dominance and financial repression, legal privacy attacks on bitcoin from FinCen, and once again, the lighting HTLC recycling attack.

  • Episode 105: Europe's on the Move

    October 21st, 2023  |  1 hr 7 mins
    altcoins, binance smart chain, bitcoin optech, cbdc, child sex content, coinbase, cve, digital euro, ecb, eu, fidelity investments, game theory, grayscale bitcoin etf, inflation, jimmy zhong, malware, network effects, privacy, ripple, scarcity, sec, silk road

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the ECB's digital euro project, a critical lightning vulnerability, and an excellent normie bitcoin report from Fidelity.

  • Episode 104: Trial Gate

    October 14th, 2023  |  41 mins 14 secs
    altcoins, bitcoin, bitvm, blockchain, cryptocurrency, economics, ftx, inflation, interest rates, lightning, privacy, sam bankman-fried, swan vault, technology, testimony

    Chris and the bitcoin dad can't help but discuss some of the SBF courtroom drama, a host of new bitcoin hardware wallet releases, and a proposal to build bitcoin smart contracts out of logic gates built into taproot trees.

  • Episode 103: Macro Eruptions

    October 7th, 2023  |  57 mins 2 secs
    altcoins, bitcoin, bitcoin education, bitcoin mining pool, central banks, chainalysis, crypto winter, dutch tax office, el salvador, eth futures etf, ether, finance, ftx, gdp growth, gold, jobs report, lightning improvements, market tone, mass surveillance, privacy, sam bankman-fried, stocks, trial, us prosecutor, volcano energy

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss El Salvador's Lava Pool, the sovereign debt apocalypse inches closer, and really cool bitcoin network monitoring catches chainalysis.

  • Episode 102: Financial Repression is Literally Here

    September 29th, 2023  |  1 hr 2 mins
    acquisition, altcoins, arrest, bitcoin mining pool, bitcoin optech, bitgo, boosts, breach, covenants, cryptocurrency, digital assets, economic logic, f2pool, feedback, financial crisis, financial repression, fortress trust, government deficits, hackers, hedge fund, imprisonment, lightning, mike belshe, miner extractable value, monetary policy, privacy, ripple, security incident, stolen assets, three arrows capital

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the latest bear market drama and a compelling argument that financial repression is already here.

  • Episode 101: Trustee Me

    September 23rd, 2023  |  1 hr 20 mins
    alexander vinnik, amboss.space, ambucks, bankruptcy, base protocol, capital outflows, china, cobra bitcoin case, coinbase, eurodollar futures, interest rate, japanese bankruptcy system, lightning node liquidity, mt gox, nobuaki kobayashi, optimism foundation, pseudonymity, tokens, us fed, us treasury yield curve

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the fundamentals of the bitcoin lightning network and liquidity provisioning options, comment on US Federal Reserve policy that bitcoin insulates holders from, and walk down the memory lane of Mt Gox with new creditor news.

  • Episode 100: Fortress Not Trustworthy

    September 16th, 2023  |  57 mins 1 sec
    altcoins, baller boosts, bitcoin education, bitcoin meetup group, bitmex, blockchain, boosts, brian armstrong, censorship, cold storage, contact information, customer funds, dj, drivechains, economics, exchange, feedback, fiat, fortress trust, hardblock bitcoin exchange, legacy financial agreements, lightning integration, lightning wallet, matrix channel, ofac, on-chain assurances, onecoin founder sentenced, optech, podcast, prediction markets, privacy, ripple acquisition, rshackleford, tarot assets, themuso, tokyo citadel, u.s. debt collection, xfce

    Chris and the bitcoin dad celebrate 100 episodes as bad news swamps the Binance crypto exchange, OneCoin gets into the news again, and bitcoin development might be responding to stablecoin demand.

  • Episode 99: Accounting for Privacy

    September 9th, 2023  |  50 mins 2 secs
    accounting practices, altcoins, asset freeze, bitcoin accounting rules, bitcoin education, bitcoin optech newsletter, blockchain privacy, compressed bitcoin transactions, crypto assets, decentralized coinjoin, economics, fair value reporting, joinstr, news, privacy, regulatory compliance

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss developments in US corporate bitcoin holding, a new decentralized coinjoin platform, and bitcoin technical developments.

  • Episode 98: Working on Privacy

    September 4th, 2023  |  1 hr 20 mins
    altcoins, bitcoin, bitcoin mining, cambridge, carbon intensity, competitiveness, drivechain, economic complications, economics, energy consumption, greenpeace, lightning network vulnerability, miners, policy errors, privacy, private transactions, proof of work, renewable energy, security, shitcoins, sidechains, tornado cash indictment, trust issues, u.s. federal reserve

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss Tor, a privacy network, adding proof of work, some Drivechain talking points both for and against, and a revision of Bitcoin energy usage studies that was a long time coming.