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 66: Bitcoin, HODL it tight
March 6th, 2023 | 1 hr 3 mins
blue wallet, darthcoin, el salvador, lnd hub, silvergate, simplex, tether
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss recent pro El Salvador news from Wall Street, the imminent failure of Silvergate bank, a bridge to legacy finance, and a new way to chat privately and anonymously online.
Episode 65: Just add more blockchains
February 27th, 2023 | 1 hr 13 mins
coinbase, custodia, ecc, etherium, federal reserve, l2, optech 239, optimism, ordinals, signal
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the nuances of semi-private blockchains, why inflation data is hard to draw conclusions from, and how crypto banking is a really good, but difficult, project. They finish up with a discussion of Bitcoin Optech news and a beginners guide to Elliptic Curve Cryptography.
Episode 64: Still Waiting for Constructive Feedback
February 19th, 2023 | 1 hr 15 mins
arthur, bitcoin document search, bond, coinjoin, fedi, gox, hackathon, independent examiner, inflation optech, lee rainier, lyn, oak, sbf, schedule lightning, senate, stable pool, vpn, wsj
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss Lee Rainier's anti-bitcoin senate testimony, stable value in bitcoin, and Lyn Alden's views on 'fixing inflation. Towards the end they get some boosts about practical coinjoin considerations and how to schedule a lightning payment, like a subscription.
Episode 63: Non-Consensual Financial Choking
February 11th, 2023 | 58 mins 56 secs
britcoin, chokepoint, coldcard, inscriptions, liquidity telegram, nfts, q1, qe, quantitative tightening, stratum, turkey
Chris and the bitcoin dad reunite to punch down on the UK's CBDC plans, a venerable peer to peer exchange closes under regulatory pressure, and a coordinated effort to debank the 'crypto' and bitcoin industry. Also, telegram shares your messages with the FSB and Stratum V2 is not your father's mining pool coordination protocol.
Episode 62: It's my trial and I'll tamper if I want to...
February 6th, 2023 | 56 mins 32 secs
eu, mass surveillance, mullvad, nois protocol, nostr, ordinals, payjoin, sbf, strike
The bitcoin dad rides solo this week, discussing an expanding lightning network, mass surveillance, and some thoughts on economic uncertainty. The show finishes up with a survey of payjoin, Ordinals (the new data on bitcoin protocol), and feedback.
Episode 61: Tell me you aren't decentralized without...
January 29th, 2023 | 1 hr 10 mins
etherium shanghai, goldman, oklo, peach app, rainbow chart
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss Etherium's latest upgrade and why it isn't decentralized, the US White House has a roadmap for crypto assets, and a discussion of p2p bitcoin options.
Episode 60: Economic Backdoors
January 21st, 2023 | 1 hr 13 mins
arthur hayes, bip 329, fed, layoffs, peter schiff, privacy, trac, treasury
Chris and the bitcoin dad cover the technical details of a recent hack, how the U.S. Treasury's debt ceiling mitigation bodes poorly for pensioners, and an Arizona anti-privacy program that has all of your financial information. They end the show with an explanation of BIP 329 wallet improvements and some feedback.
Episode 59: No Smart Money Here
January 14th, 2023 | 1 hr 20 mins
arthur hayes, barry silbert, dcg, gemini, genesis, multipolar, sbf, substack
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the Gemini/Genesis/DCG insolvency, perhaps the last CeFI lender to be revealed a scam(?), and the evolving opinions around a multi-polar political world. They end the show with news on Central Bank Digital Currency projects, as well as some boosts and an email about buying bitcoin for the first time.
Episode 58: New Year, New FUD
January 8th, 2023 | 54 mins 58 secs
amazon, castle island, chipotle, huobi, porhub, starbucks
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss more exchange insolvency rumors, how corporate loans disprove the myth of central bank interest rates, and beg everyone to run a privacy browser extension called uBlock Origin.
Episode 57: Bitcoin, Crypto's Designated Driver
January 2nd, 2023 | 1 hr 26 mins
bitmex, bsv, csw, lamia, metaverse, sbf, stephenson, zoltan
Chris and the bitcoin dad pillory a new metaverse blockchain whitepaper, speculate on bitcoin in the European Union, and cover a blog post exploring the risks of exchanges listing BSV with its new coin seizure protocol.
Also some end of year boosts!
Thank you to everyone who listened this year and participated in the discussion!
Episode 56: Bitcoin, it's cold outside...
December 25th, 2022 | 1 hr 11 mins
craig wright, dr. bitcoin, drivechain, ftx, layer 2, missing crypto queen, sbf
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss a mashup of bear market news involving shady offshore exchanges, bitcoin miner bankruptcies, and rationalizing the market cycles.
Episode 55: Bad Policy Bad Outcomes
December 18th, 2022 | 1 hr 17 mins
aml, cftc, debt spiral, ecb, kyc, sbf, warren
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss US Senator Warren's latest preposterous anti-bitcoin bill as an expression of a fundamental Government balance sheet crisis, bitcoin as pension insurance, and how complicated Etherium multisignature wallets are compared to bitcoin.
Episode 54: Neo-Colonialism vs Bitcoin
December 10th, 2022 | 1 hr 4 mins
gladstein, imf, janine, neo colonialism, privacy, world bank
Chris and the bitcoin dad summarize Alex Gladstein's long article on the history of the IMF and World Bank, explaining the context of these institutions that support a fiat debt spiral in the developing world. They also celebrate the anniversary of Janine's privacy newsletter and get some great boosts!
Episode 53: Scams and Spirals
December 4th, 2022 | 1 hr 32 mins
ankr, arthur, long term debt spiral, lyn, mobile coin, moxie, prime trust, white boy
Chris and the bitcoin dad discover Moxie Marlinspike's Mobile Coin scam may have killed SBF's Alameda Research, the short life expectancy of 'crypto billionaires,' and two fantastic economics articles. Stick around for an introduction to lightning jamming attacks and Hashed Time Lock Contracts (HTLCs).
Episode 52: Spoiler Alerts
November 27th, 2022 | 1 hr 22 mins
adopting bitcoin, bahamas, ftx, satscrap
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss a slow news week but the spoiler stories that they think will be big news in the future. They also recap the Adopting Bitcoin Conference in El Salvador and get corrected by a listener.
Episode 51: Contagion? I barely knew her!
November 19th, 2022 | 1 hr 15 mins
crypto.com, email, ftx, inflation, japan, lightning, sbf, wallets
Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the latest FTX ponzi fallout, contagion in the crypto industry, economic warning signs and the bitcoin education section in the show's history. This is a big episode.