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 97: Artificial Targets

    August 27th, 2023  |  1 hr 20 mins
    altcoins, bitcoin education, bitcoin is dead, blockchain size, ceo, chainstate size, coin center, economics, employment, federal reserve, financial mismanagement, inflation target, money laundering, money supply, news, optech, philips curve, prime trust, privacy, sanctions violations, technical scaling limit, terra-luna stablecoin, tornado cash

    Chris and the bitcoin dad sit down to discuss the context around U.S. Federal Reserve inflation rate targeting, how a sloppy criminal case against an Etherium privacy technology could affect open source and web hosting, and the commercial development of the bitcoin lightning protocol in this weeks OpTech.

  • Episode 96: Paypal is a Crypto Company

    August 19th, 2023  |  1 hr 2 mins
    altcoin nft marketplace, andreas, bank of ireland, banking crisis, bankruptcy, bitcoin dad pod, bitcoin optech, bitcoin wallet, china evergrande, defi ecosystem, erc-20 usd stablecoin, etf, ethereum, eurodollars, fed funds rate, ftx, it blunder, lehman moment, libbitcoin library, lightning network, lightning terminal, lightning wallets, llm, milksad vulnerability, nft, opensea, operator filter, paypal, sam bankman-fried, sec, shadow banking, trampoline protocol, witness tampering, zeus, zoltan poszar

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss an incredible bitcoin optech with multi-sig, silent payments, and the implications of a PayPal stablecoin on Etherium.

  • Episode 95: Where's my ETF SEC-ski?

    August 12th, 2023  |  34 mins 16 secs
    anchor outputs, ark 21shares, better markets, bitcoin etf, bitcoin lightning network, bitcoin wallet vulnerability, bullish statement, delayed decision, drivechains, economic snapshot, gemini exchange, inflation, interest rates, investor concerns, market manipulation, mpc vulnerability, regulatory concerns, sec, spot bitcoin etf, surveillance-sharing agreements, trading volumes, us debt, xrp price spike

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss a bullish bitcoin ETF delay, some complicated inflation numbers, and a less globalized future with bitcoin as global money.

  • Episode 94: Fitch Better Have My Money

    August 6th, 2023  |  58 mins 4 secs
    altcoins, bitcoin dev mailing list, bitcoin education, bitcoin optech, blind signature signing, boosts, borrowing, crypto journalist, crypto screwups, debt worry, debt-to-gdp, debt/gdp, dollar liquidity, economics, entropy, etsy, federal reserve, fednow, financial repression, fitch's downgrade, fitch's us rating downgrade, grapheneos, hex token, inflation-adjusted interest payments, investigation, investors, lightning protocol, monero, patreon, payment problems, paypal, privacy, sats, software updates, tether, uniswap, us deficits, us treasuries, worldcoin

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the recent Worldcoin launch, the downgrade of US Government creditworthiness by ratings agency Fitch, and a host of legacy payment problems.

  • Episode 93: FedNot

    July 29th, 2023  |  54 mins 54 secs
    agriculture committee, altcoins, argentina, backup, bipartisan crypto market bill, bitcoin dev mailing list, bitcoin energy maximalists, bitcoin optech, blockchain surveillance, bull runs, bureau of the fiscal service, chainalysis, chinese rmb, commodities, commodity traders, cop21, credit unions, decentralized, dedollarization, director of investigations, early-adopting banks, economic theory of degrowth, electronic devices, energy, energy investing, entropy, esg narratives, fbi, federal reserve, fednow, financial services committee, global monetary standards, greenpeace, icos, imf debt, individual addresses, instant payments, interest, lightning protocol, mastadon server, online privacy, payment system, privacy, shifting overton window, u.s. department of the treasury, us house of representatives, zero emissions

    The bitcoin dad covers the lackluster launch of FedNow, a surprise bipartisan US crypto infrastructure bill, and tries to offer a coherent critique of 'green' energy policy and why there are cynical downsides that are not being discussed.

  • Episode 91: Stock to Farce

    July 22nd, 2023  |  51 mins
    altcoins, ban, bitcoin, bitcoin institutional investor, bitcoin optech, bitcoin talk, bitmex, bunker, cftc commissioner, coin center, crosseus, crypto businesses, deficit spending, effective altruists, foreign financing, ftx docs, ftx foundation, gary gensler, gloria zhao, gold price manipulation, human genetic enhancement, justified, kuwait, mathematically ridiculous, merch, miners, parallels, privacy, regulatory arbitrage, research, sam's brother gabe, sovereign island nation, speculation, stock to flow model, treasuries, twitter, us government, valid blocks, waiting for confirmation, xrp legal ruling

    Chris and the bitcoin dad laugh about the FTX Effective Altruists' plans to build a supervillain island, the parallels between Gensler's gold ETF days and the bitcoin ETFs, and discuss the bitcoin stock to flow model.

  • Episode 90: XRP Army Strikes Back

    July 16th, 2023  |  1 hr 4 mins
    1970s bank lending, bank lending, bitcoin, broad money growth, centralizing staking, conventional central bank economics, deflation, dumping on retail, eth, ethereum, federal reserve, fine, fiscal deficits, fiscal dominance, gdp, government debt crisis, government spending, howey test, inflation, inflation and financial repression, inflation perspective, interest rate hikes, interest rates, international monetary fund, japan, lido, liquid staking tokens, lyn alden, market update, monetizing deficits, money creation, proof of stake, public debt, ripple, sec, selling xrp tokens, sovereign debt, usg debt, xrp tokens

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss XRP's partial victory over the SEC, Lyn Alden's inflation and interest rate research, and how proof of stake has centralized Etherium validation.

  • Episode 89: Not at all about Bitcoin

    July 8th, 2023  |  49 mins 4 secs
    ageism, blackrock, central bank independance, christine laguard, ecb, industrial policy, larry fink, misinformation

    Chris and the bitcoin dad mostly banter as there was little bitcoin news this week. The conversation veers from recent american political history to the state of small businesses so come for the bantz not the content on this episode.

  • Episode 88: ETF Prime Time

    July 2nd, 2023  |  1 hr 14 mins
    app store, apple, blackrock, censorship, damus, etf, ios, kaspa, nostr, prime trust

    Chris and the bitcoin dad cover the latest Blackrock, an asset manager, spot ETF application news, the failure of Prime Trust, a crypto hodling company, and some wonky economic research. They end with a listener request to deep dive on an altcoin and other boosts.

  • Episode 87: Interview: Scaling, Development, and Drivechains with Paul Sztorc

    July 1st, 2023  |  1 hr 57 mins
    drivechain, hal phinney, intrade, lightning, paul storc, prediction markets, thunder, video games

    The bitcoin dad has a long conversation with OG bitcoiner and protocol architect Paul Sztorc discussing the pyrrhic victory of the Blocksize War, how the scaling debate has stagnated, and how large block sidechains might be the safest way to scale bitcoin.

  • Episode 86: Accidental Orange Pill

    June 24th, 2023  |  30 mins 41 secs

    The bitcoin dad shares a complementary duo of articles on globalization, macro, and bitcoin then finishes with the latest mempool relay article from bitcoin optech newsletter.

  • Episode 85: Privately Paying the World

    June 17th, 2023  |  46 mins 45 secs
    cbdc, etherium, hinman, payments, river, sec, silent payments, taproot annex

    The bitcoin dad hosts a solo episode discussing a new report on global payments vs bitcoin from River Financial, how a new poll shows Americans don't want a CBDC, and privacy on bitcoin is back with Silent Payments.

  • Episode 84: Patience is Golden

    June 11th, 2023  |  1 hr 23 mins
    arthur hayes, btc-e, coinbase, covenants, gold, gox, in gold we trust, matt, op_ctv, patience, sec, wallet

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the open source concerns of the SEC's lawsuit against Coinbase, a US crypto exchange, as well as two articles on global macro. They also discuss recent bitcoin mailing list conversations around alternative covenant implementations.

  • Episode 83: Interview: Burak on Ark

    June 8th, 2023  |  45 mins 47 secs
    ark, burak, coinpool, drivechain, layer 2, lightning, liquid, scaling bitcoin, sidechain, statechannel

    Burak sits down with the bitcoin dad to discuss his new bitcoin layer 2 scaling proposal 'Ark.' The conversation touches on various scaling methodologies, why Burak thinks Ark has no tradeoffs, and the positive applications of covenants on bitcoin.

  • Episode 82: UTXO is OUR Word

    June 4th, 2023  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss a wide range of crypto criticism from an avowed bitcoin skeptic, the European Central Bank's latest Digital Currency project, and finally some great academic research on power grids and bitcoin. They follow up with bitcoin optech and an analysis of lightning payment security.

  • Episode 81: Regulation for Me, a Gatekeeper for Thee

    May 28th, 2023  |  1 hr 12 mins
    ark, barak, bitcoin v25, bottlepay, chatgpt, coder radio, cosmos, libor, openai, optech #252, robostats, sam altman, securities clarity act, tomm emmer, uk regulation, walletscrutiny

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss ARK, a bitcoin scaling proposal, the sordid history of LIBOR, and the parallels between altcoin and AI regulation in the US.