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 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.

  • Episode 80: Hardware Wallet Web Backup

    May 20th, 2023  |  1 hr 22 mins
    arhtur hayes, banking, denominator, etf, etherium, filecoin, grayscale, ledger, mica, nunchuk, pos, pow, sec

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss the latest Ledger hardware wallet recovery controversy, an interesting blog post on banking developments, as well as speculative ideas for increasing bitcoin throughput.

  • Episode 79: Interview: Ordinals, Inscriptions & BRC-20 with Brandon Black

    May 17th, 2023  |  43 mins 17 secs
    brandon black, brc-20, casey rodamor, inscriptions, ordinals, segwit, taproot

    Bitcoin OG and software developer Brandon Black joins us for an in-depth explanation of how Segwit+Taproot enabled Ordinal Inscriptions on bitcoin and how this led to BRC-20.

  • Episode 78: Going Full Editorial

    May 14th, 2023  |  56 mins 21 secs

    Chris and the bitcoin bitcoin dad drop a short episode with some technical talk on POWswap for mining hashrate insurance. The discussion has an editorial, op ed quality with less news stories than usual.

  • Episode 77: Bitcoin: TNG w/ Anthony Park

    May 10th, 2023  |  29 mins 8 secs

    The bitcoin dad sits down to discuss passing bitcoin on to the next generation with Anthony S. Park, New York State lawyer. Anthony has written extensively on the subject and considered both legal and technological aspects to the problem of bitcoin inheritance.

  • Episode 76: Banks Fail and Nobody Cares

    May 6th, 2023  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Chris and the bitcoin dad discuss a mainstream account of financial repression towards bitcoin, another ignored bank failure, and payjoin, a bitcoin privacy technology that is becoming more accessible.

  • Episode 75: Reaction to Huw Pill

    May 3rd, 2023  |  1 hr 1 min
    bank of england, central bank, elitism, huw pill, inflation, philips curve

    The bitcoin dad reacts to Huw Pill, an economist at the Bank of England, as he's interviewed on a variety of contemporary monetary policy questions.