Let's Talk Bitcoin!

Let's Talk Bitcoin!

By Adam B. Levine
Featuring analysis and discourse by hosts Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Dr. Stephanie Murphy, Adam B. Levine, and Jonathan Mohan, episodes feature friendly, in-depth discussions and even-handed interviews.

Let’s Talk Bitcoin!' is the longest-running English language talk show on the ideas, people and projects surrounding the Bitcoin movement and Cryptocurrency phenomenon.
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LTB #438 Bootstrapping Mobile Mesh Networks with Bitcoin Lightning

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Let's Talk Bitcoin! Update July 2020
We've been recording new episodes, but you haven't seen them yet.  In this special update, Let's Talk Bitcoin! creator Adam B. Levine reveals what's up and when to expect new episodes.
01:24
July 12, 2020
LTB #439 Bitcoin Only Matters Because Money Is Rigged
On today’s show we’re going back to basics. While bitcoin and digital bearer assets in general are an incredibly important technology, the reason they’re likely to be important to the future has little to do with the token and everything to do with the context surrounding them: The world we live in every day, where government-controlled money is abused for the benefit of the few and to the detriment of the many. Topics: For whom is the economy still working, and who is not being served? What’s wrong with money that makes alternatives attractive? Why and how is Bitcoin disconnected from the current system? What’s the value in the U.S .and western Europe compared to the value in less developed parts of the world? What role does speculation play in the story of bitcoin? Bitcoin’s been around now for more than 20 years. Are we on track to make a difference? What’s the normal adoption curve for disruptive or revolutionary technologies? What IS a disruptive or revolutionary technology? Who or what is bitcoin potentially disrupting? Does being part of the bitcoin community make you politically affiliated, or represent a distinct political viewpoint?
44:46
June 22, 2020
LTB #438 Bootstrapping Mobile Mesh Networks with Bitcoin Lightning
On today’s episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin! you’re invited to join Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murpy and special guest Richard Myers for an in-depth look at the past, present and future of ‘Mobile Mesh Networking’ technology and the open source LOT49 protocol built on top of lightning. Just as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin don’t rely on static infrastructure and professional providers, mobile mesh networking allows the creation of inexpensive, high range, low bandwidth and power consumption ad-hoc networks that’ll let your phone send text messages or even bitcoin lightning network micro-transactions, even in areas with no coverage. According to Richard, Bitcoin’s Lightning is a what’s needed to make mobile mesh networks catch on by bootstrapping on top of the payment routing infrastructure. “…the Lightning network currently sends payments from A to B to C and then all those intermediate nodes can connect a small fee if the payment is delivered at the end. All we’re doing is saying ‘Not only [can you send] a payment, but [you can send] a small message. In our case it’d be a SMS message. So you’re sending an SMS message along with a Lightning payment from A to B to C to D, and when D receives that message they return proof that it was delivered and that’s what flows back through the network. In the Lightning sense, that’s your pre-image. It’s computed from the message, that’s how the nodes are able to collect payment even if they lose touch with the original person who sent it.” But the way the Lightning network uses data natively isn’t ideal for mobile mesh. The open source Lot49 protocol is another layer on top of lightning that Richard says is necessary to make it work at scale while using mesh devices as an extremely low-bandwidth TOR-like privacy layer. “In many ways we’re not making a new protocol, we’re literally using lightning. Lot49 is custom communication protocol that’s optimized for mesh. For example, right now there’s a 1300 byte onion that’s used to route messages over the internet and that’s very important because you lose a lot of privacy… you lose all your privacy… if you were to just send messages over the internet without onion routing. We’re sending over more or less a physical TOR network since it’s going from node to node, not through a central ISP who can associate who you’re trying to pay. We’re also doing it over a low bandwidth network, so if you were sending 1300 bytes it may not sound like much in the age of the internet but we’re talking about devices that [have a maximum data transmission capacity of] about a kilobyte a minute so that’s a significant amount of the bandwidth that you have [tied up just in the web’s onion routing] So for example with LOT49, we take out the onion and we use the native routing at the mesh device [level] which is optimized for mesh communications. And there’s a few other little changes we make like that in order to reduce the bandwidth by chunking up messages… the ultimate goal is to minimize the lightning protocol overhead so that there is more bandwidth available for data… For things like sending an SMS and as bandwidth increases there may be things like internet protocol…” Credits This episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin features Stephanie Murphy, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Adam B. Levine and Richard Myers. Music provided by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats, with editing by Jonas. Photo by Josep Castells on Unsplash
50:41
June 14, 2020
Let's talk Bitcoin! #437 Be Your Own Bank and the Luxury of Apathy
The episode is sponsored by eToro.com and The Internet of Money Vol. 3 On today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! you're invited to join Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Adam B. Levine, Jonathan Mohan and Stephanie Murpy for an in-depth discussion about the ups and downs, the good and the bad about being your own bank in the modern world of Bitcoin. The powerful idea and meme at the core of Bitcoin self-sovereignty is incredibly empowering but has an unspoken element that requires persistent competence and at least for some makes it more trouble than it's worth. As the world reels from the response to COVID-19 and disorder seems the trend on the rise, we discuss how although Bitcoin makes it possible for anyone to be their own bank, who actually wants the constant vigilance and anxiety that goes along with it? And what happens when things go wrong and there's no-one to blame but ourselves? "...There is tremendous luxury in having institutions that at least appear to be stable over some period of time where you don't need to worry about the details of how they work and what happens under failure conditions. That luxury is pretty concentrated in just a few places in the world and at some point you can't afford that luxury of apathy. - Andreas M. Antonopoulos, LTB! #437 Credits This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin features Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Adam B. Levine. Music provided by Jared Rubens, FromEther and Adam B. Levine, with editing by Jonas. Photo by Pathdoc on Shutterstock
49:51
June 7, 2020
LTB #436 'We Need 30 Different Words for Different Kinds of Censorship'
The rallying cry of the totalitarian is "He farted first", but if both systems have produced similar outcomes, is there much of a difference? Inspired by a recent article in the Atlantic, in today's wide-ranging discussion the hosts of Let's Talk Bitcoin! dig deeply into the questions of censorship, propaganda and how things are both better and worse than in years past. The episode is sponsored by eToro.com and The Internet of Money Vol. 3 Shownotes: Who are they censoring from and how do we unpack this manipulation? The rallying cry of the totalitarian is always “He farted first” Who gets to decide what is censored? The squeaky wheel of child pornography gets the attention, the much more insidious problem of silencing certain voices, or giving preference to other voices. Propaganda goes hand-in-hand with censorship Propaganda is harder to detect ‘reverse censorship’ Private platform curation have the right to moderate which can be interpreted as censorship. You have to choose if you’re a publisher or a platform What if AT&T listened to your phone calls, sold ads against them and disconnected you whenever you say something that would trouble sponsors? Common carriers vs. publishers FOSTA, SESTA and turning platforms into publishers Crony capitalism will always co-opt government The only way to win is not to play The only way to not be coopted as a protocol is to have it not be owned by anyone. It may be impossible to be a platform if you’re not a protocol Information overload and compartmentalization Are the solutions that are being proposed the solution that we need to solve this problem? What kind of side effects does the solution have? It’s one thing to say “there are idiots out there who have not developed critical thinking and are easily swayed and we need to fix this” and a whole other thing to say “And that’s why only the landed gentry should vote” Do tech companies think they’re helping? Benevolent fascism is still fascism The public school system was never meant for the average person to be able to form their own opinion, “it is for factory men not philosophers” Manufacturing consent with the power to control, censor, frame, set up the base assumptions of belief and then seek to nail them down. A dictatorship of the mind is far more effective than a dictatorship of violence. If Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Were on Youtube, we wouldn’t be able to say the word Covid-19. Avoiding totalitarian controls means missing opportunities presented by big would-be platforms. Government surveillance vs. private surveillance provided to the government What we learned from Edward Snowden Does China commercialize surveillance? And a lot more (Only room for 4,000 Characters on Anchor.fm, see https://www.coindesk.com/we-need-30-different-words-for-censorship-feat-andreas-m-antonopoulos for full shownotes) Credits This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin features Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Adam B. Levine. Music provided by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats, with editing by Jonas. Photo by Sebastiaan Stam on Unsplash
36:31
May 31, 2020
LTB! #345: Bitcoin Miners, US Energy Producers and Moores Law
Although some believe bitcoin mining is a wasteful activity, on today's show we dig into the relative world of constant fuel production, lumpy demand and bitcoin based load balancing. After years of bitcoin mining domination by china-based miners, some US power producers, both professional and incidental, are beginning to get into the game as a way to be more green. It's a narrative reversal if ever we've seen one and if proven successful by the early players could change the bitcoin mining landscape as we know it. But even without a "Green Bitcoin" narrative in the US, one of China's two major mining advantages has evaporated as Moores Law stretches out the useful lifespan of modern bitcoin miners hardware. Correction: Before installing miners, Greenidge Generation previously shut down during off-peak season, during the episode Adam incorrectly stated that it previously shut down during off-peak hours. Today's episode features Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine This episode features music by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats. Today's show is edited by Jonas, and sponsored by eToro.com Photo by Thomas Kelley on Unsplash
30:45
May 10, 2020
LTB #434: Lightning Network Messaging, Political Expediency and What Crisis Has Revealed
In a time of increasing censorship aimed towards protecting us, is truly private messaging possible? Why are we using "data driven" approaches when we know the data is wrong? Juggernaut's John Cantrell and HRF's Alex Gladstein help us see what the crisis has revealed. On today's show we've got a pair of interviews for you. First we speak with John Cantrell, the author of Juggernaut, a new messaging layer 3 application being built on top of layer 2 lightning network, which is itself built on top of layer one bitcoin. It's a lot of layers, but as a technological concept currently in beta it's a fascinating project, and we talk about it. (Juggernaut on Github) After the break we're joined again by Alex Gladstein of HRF.org for a discussion on political expediency in the age of pandemic and what crisis has revealed about various governments, and different types of governments around the world. Alex is one of my favorite returning guests, with his global human rights focused work taking him to some of the most interesting and most oppressed places around the world "What's interesting is that citizen journalists I know in Taiwan have pressed the government on this and they've gone to parliament and it's all on record, and they've said 'Have these (...) digital contact tracing or cell phone surveillance things been useful?' And the governments said "Only in one case.... Only in one case was this sort of mass surveillance approach been useful', so they've actually been honest with the people... But at the end of the day it does teach us that even the most progressive governments are going to be lured by the sirens call of using surveillance to tackle problems." - Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer HRF.org This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin is sponsored by eToro.com and features content from John Cantrell, Alex Gladstein and Adam B. Levine. Todays show features music by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats with editing by Jonas. Album Art original photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash
49:48
April 26, 2020
Let's Talk Bitcoin! #433 Coronavirus Second Order Effects and Improving on Bitcoin With BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen
In Today's discussion we'll briefly talk about some of the knock-on, or second order affects which the coronavirus disruption is having on our world today, and which may continue into the future. Then for the meat of the show we'll dig into specific areas where bitcoin could, or perhaps is being improved with the creator of one of the most impactful peer to peer technologies in the world today. This episode was sponsored by eToro.com, with music by Jared Rubens, Gurty Beats and Adam B. Levine.  Today's show featured Bram Cohen, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine with editing by Jonas.
1:03:07
April 5, 2020
Let's Talk Bitcoin! #432 How MakerDAO’s Stablecoin Survived the Crash, Smart Contract Bugs and Full Decentralization
In the aftermath of the so-called "Black Thursday" crash from several weeks ago, MakerDAO's "DAI" ethereum backed dollar pegged stablecoin came untethered and was, for a time at least, functionally insolvent. In the aftermath, holders of the MKR token which allows holders to participate in governance decisions opted to do a couple of things, including adding the centralized stablecoin USDC to the list of acceptable collateral, which drew both condemnations mostly around centralized risk being added to the system and praise for making the system more robust against sudden ETH collateral price crashes. And now most recently, the Maker Foundation which had held some centralized control over the protocol completed their long-planned exit with all authorities now transferred to the holders of MKR tokens, removing both a point of control which had been used as a safety check and a point of risk in that centralized control can be co-opted and used to disrupt a system as we've seen in other examples. On today's show we're digging into: What is Decentralized Finance (DeFi)? How does decentralized finance differ from traditional banking? Fractional reserve vs over-collateralized loans  Liberty Dollars’s missing collateral and USDC’s risky name MakerDAO, DAI dollar-pegged stablecoins and how this DeFi stablecoin actually works SDAI (Single Collateral DAI) vs. DAI (Multi Collateral DAI) Smart contract ‘vaults’ Lending money to yourself: 150%, 300%, insurance and auctions What happened on ‘Black Thursday’ as the price of Ether dropped more than 50% What happened when transaction fees went through the roof A bug in the collateral auction smart contract A surprising crash: as the system became functionally insolvent the price of the dollar pegged stablecoin actually went up. Oasis.app vaults are transparent and pretty interesting, take a look! Loaning yourself money using your ether (at interest) How MakerDAO’s approach differs from SALT Lending The other half of the DAI system: saving vault smart contracts DAI Saving Rate (DSR) and the new certificate of deposit The reward for using MKR tokens to administer a good system Can savings vaults be liquidated? Smart contract risks, consensus risks, systemic risks and response time risks Sponsors: eToro.com and Purse.io What specifically went wrong with the auction smart contracts? Recapitalizing the system by diluting MKR governance stakeholders Even with bugs, market mechanisms to fill the solvency hole seemed to work better than government bailout equivalents. Completing the transition from foundation-overseen to full tokenized governance. Decentralization transition - A necessary step or a natural one? Single collateral vs. Multi-collateral stablecoins Why would a decentralized stablecoin want to allow a centralized stablecoin for collateral? External political risks vs. internal technological risks “Life finds a way” and DeFi’s natural circuit breakers (also Mt.GOX) Whats the point of putting USDC in to get DAI out? How does DeFi stablecoin insurance work? A modular ecosystem  How DeFi and traditional finance are similar DeFi vs. 2nd layer protocols Credits Hosts: Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Jonathan Mohan & Stephanie Murphy Sponsors: eToro.com and Purse.io Music: Jared Rubens and GurtyBeats Editing: Jonas
48:23
March 29, 2020
LTB #431 Bailouts, Bitcoin, Disruption, Failures and Hope
From Boeing to bitcoin in this week's discussion we're talking about our disrupted reality, the politically expedient path forward, why it almost certainly won't work, the alternatives to it, what this means for bitcoin and what you can do to help. This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin is sponsored by eToro.com. If you're a skilled audio editor with deep crypto knowledge consider applying for CoinDesk's Deputy Podcasts Editor role This week on Let's Talk Bitcoin we're discussing the coming bailout-everything regime in a topic that's both extremely timely but is also what originally forced many long-term bitcoin enthusiasts to learn about money and become interested in cryptocurrency in the first place. As much of the world on an almost uniform and bipartisan basis shuts down to slow the spread of COVID19 and prepares to bail out first financial markets and now basically everything that can't work on a fully remote basis, we're talking about crisis, bailouts, the limits of monetary policy and the real possibility that it's not a straw that breaks the back of our money but rather the whole world suddenly jumping on. On today's show we'll discuss: The growing bipartisan and global shutdown then bailout everything movement The alternative to the bailout path we're on The inability of even extraordinary monetary policy to resolve these issues and the markets growing cognitive dissonance The revival of the "system is breaking and when it does we'll need something new that doesn't share the same problems of being vulnerable to politically expedient over-reactions" narrative that, frankly, drove my initial interest in bitcoin in the first place. Some of the #CoronaEfforts we've heard about so far and how you can help And much more in this wide-ranging discussion... Today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! featured Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine. This episode was sponsored by eToro.com and featured music by Jared Rubens and Adam B. Levine, with editing by Jonas. Photo by Tim Foster on Unsplash
1:05:43
March 22, 2020
LTB #430 ‘Anything That Can Be Decentralized Will Be Decentralized’ 6 Years Later
On today's podcast we're joined by early investor and entrepreneur David Johnston to discuss: A new "consensus based" alternative to "reserve based", "game theory based", or trusted oracle based Stablecoins The growing relevance of DeFi even for those who aren't using it Johnston's Law six years later, how far we've come and real reasons for optimism on the decentralized evolution of everything. Further listening: The original panel where Johnston's Law was introduced in 2014 Credits for LTB#430 - Anything that can be decentralized will be decentralized 6 years later This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Purse.io and eToro.com. This episode featured Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, David Johnston and Adam B. Levine Today's episode was produced by Adam B. Levine, edited by Jonas with music provided by Jared Rubens and Adam B. Levine Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email adam@ltbshow.com
34:39
March 15, 2020
LTB #429 Coronavirus Impacts on Bitcoin (And the IRS's Dumb Singularity)
Earlier this week the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss Coronavirus and its potential impacts or disruptions to the decentralized world of bitcoin. On today's podcast we discuss Coronavirus and: The bitcoin mining industry and the slowing rate of hash-rate increases in the run-up to the 2020 halving Safe haven, uncorrelated and risk asset narratives as the price of bitcoin bounces defies expectations The potential for shifts in how society thinks about money in the wake of a highly transmissible global disease Plus a brief primer on virus families (skip to 13 minutes for blockchain only content if you're already up to speed) Later, we hear from correspondent George Ettinger about the indications of a "Dumb Currency Singularity" taking place at the IRS right now (also presented in full text below). Credits for LTB#429 - Coronavirus Impacts on Bitcoin (And the IRS's Dumb Singularity) This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Purse.io and eToro.com. This episode featured Stephanie Murphy, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, George Ettinger and Adam B. Levine Today's episode was produced by Adam B. Levine, edited by Adam B. Levine with music provided by Jared Rubens and Adam B. Levine Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email adam@ltbshow.com
53:06
March 1, 2020
LTB # 428 Decentralization Philosophy – Does Crypto Still Need Catalysts?
The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss catalysts and CEOS in the world of blockchain projects, the organizational and organic structures of decentralization and to wonder whether crypto even needs Satoshi-like catalysts now that the fire of blockchain burns bright. Episode Sponsors:  Brave.com and eToro.com On today's podcast we continue the discussion, applying concepts and stories from "The Spider and the Starfish: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations", a formational book on pre-blockchain decentralization written in the early 2000's, as the centralized US military struggled to effectively dispatch a much smaller decentralized force in Afghanistan. While the battlefield is different, the insight is perhaps even more relevant to the world of blockchain projects, their decentralized origins and ambitions. Want more? Catch up on 7 years of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Credits for LTB#428 This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com and eToro.com. This episode featured Stephanie Murphy, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine for a hot minute. Today's episode was produced by Adam B. Levine, edited by Jonas with music provided by Jared Rubens, From Ether Music and general fuzz. Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email adam@ltbshow.com
53:51
February 23, 2020
LTB #427 Mainstream Moments and the CompuServe of Crypto
With the price of bitcoin headed up again, the idea of blockchains and digital currencies has never been more palatable to the mainstream. We've seen this cycle before, but could this time be different? This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com and eToro.com. Today's discussion features: Andreas M. Antonopoulos Stephanie Murphy Adam B. Levine Music for today's episode was provided by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats. Today's episode features audio clips from CNBC, C-SPAN and Figure.com Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email adam@ltbshow.com
55:52
February 16, 2020
LTB #426 Bitcoin Taxes and Real World Scams!
This week the hosts of LTB! discuss the US tax treatment of "Virtual Currencies" and how scams find a home wherever opportunity exists, at least for a while. This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com, eToro.com and Purse.io. During our first segment, we'll discuss: Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2020: The proposed legislation would exempt capital gains taxes if any individual transaction results in a capital gain of $200 or less.  Previous versions of the bill proposed a $600 cap. If passed, it would take effect in the 2020 tax year. Link -  H.R. 5635 The IRS has a question for you: Tax filers in the U.S. are being asked if At any time during 2019, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency? Link -IRS Form 1040 Yang proposes "Digital Asset Regulation": U.S. Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang wants to Clarify the tax implications of owning, selling, and trading digital assets.    Yang says clear policy will allow businesses to invest and innovate in the area without fear of a regulatory shift. Link - Yang 2020 Later on, we'll dig into the "why" of scams as we begin a longer conversation on the topic. Three main points on scams: Ponzi schemes thrive in disrupted spaces with uncertainty, poor credentialing, and poorly understood complexity The crypto currency space has these attributes The underlying appeal of ponzi scams (and bitcoin) comes from the mythology of redemption, getting something from nothing, the genie in the bottle, etc Links: How MLMs Use the Psychology of Influence The Cult Psychology Behind MLMs This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com, eToro.com and Purse.io. Photo by Fernando Venzano on Unsplash This episode was produced by AP's Don and Ned. It featured discussion by Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy, and Jonathan Mohan. Music for today's episode was provided by Jared Rubens, From Ether and Gurty Beats, with editing by Jonas.  Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email adam@ltbshow.com
53:21
February 9, 2020
LTB #425 Libre Not Libra – Thinking Critically About Facebook’s Blockchain Project
In “Libre Not Libra: Facebook’s Blockchain Project,” Andreas answers the burning question… Has he tried haggis? Just kidding… He shares his thoughts on the recently released Libra whitepaper, as part of a permissioned blockchain project spearheaded by Facebook. This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com and eToro.com Years of jokes about “FaceCoin” and “ZuckBucks” have finally come to life – sort of. In a previous episode, he talked about how some venture capitalists are monkeying around by downplaying the killer applications of open blockchains  in favor of… bananas. Now he makes us wonder whether Libra will even survive to become a production network. Is Silicon Valley coming for banking? Will Libra’s challenges have any impact on open public blockchains? This talk took place on June 19th, 2019 at the Scottish Blockchain Meetup in Edinburgh, Scotland. Follow Andreas on Twitter: @aantonop Andreas's website: https://aantonop.com/ Andreas's live talks released in podcast form Episode Credits: Today’s show featured Andreas M. Antonopoulos, with a little narration by Stephanie Murphy and Adam B. Levine, as well as the live crowd and that guy with the great laugh about three quarters through. Photo by Anna Tukhfatullina Food Photographer/Stylist on Unsplash This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com and eToro.com This episode featured music by Jared Rubens, Orfan and general fuzz. Production support was provided by Erica and Jessica, with sound editing by Dimitris of Sampi Media. Want to hear more of Andreas’s Live talks? Check out new episodes every week on Unscrypted, or just head over to aantonop.com . Have any questions or comments? Email me at adam@ltbshow.com.
47:17
February 2, 2020
LTB #424 What Are Lightning Wallets Doing to Help Onboard New Users?
The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss Lightning Network technology and two innovative approaches at the wallet level which simplify the new-user experience at a tangible, but seemingly minimal cost. In today's podcast we zero in on the challenge of "Channel Management", an until-recently-mandatory and manually-managed part of connecting to and utilizing the still-nascent Lightning Network. A little context: The way Andreas (someone already using Lightning) sends a payment to Stephanie through Lightning is either through a direct channel to her or through a route of hops that can eventually reach Stephanie. But if a user is brand new to the Lightning network, how do they go about receiving their first payment? - This question has been answered by both ZAP wallet and Phoenix wallet, using different techniques. This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com, eToro.com and Purse.io. Lightning Topic Notes: Phoenix wallet is made by ACINQ, the makers of Eclair wallet. Eclair offers more advanced/technical users a deeper look behind the hood of the inner workings with channel management being a manual operation. With Phoenix, ACINQ has taken this away, with the aim of it being a more user friendly wallet for the end user - A more Mom and Pop style wallet. When Stephanie, a new user of Phoenix wants to be paid by Andreas, she will create an invoice on her phone, just like any other wallet. Andreas will then scan that QR code, send the payment, and it will look just like any other Lightning transaction to Andreas. If Stephanie currently has channels open with enough inbound capacity - Then it will complete successfully. But what happens when there is not enough inbound capacity, or no channels at all? This is where Phoenix differs. Phoenix wallet offers no channel management to the end user, it is all done under the hood. The wallet ONLY connects to the ACINQ node, initially through a ‘fake channel’ and when an incoming payment is detected by ACINQ, the ‘routing hint’ that was contained in the QR code points to Stephanie’s wallet through this fake channel. [Andreas → Node X → Node Y → ACINQ Node -*-*-> Stephanie] Stephanie will then get notified that she has an incoming payment and be asked if she would like ACINQ to open a channel with her and push her the balance due (Turbo Channel). This comes at a cost though, 0.5% of the amount received. [Phoenix state that this is to cover the cost of opening the channel and allocating additional liquidity on their side]
58:35
January 26, 2020
LTB #423 Decentralization Philosophy Part 1 – From Buddha to the Conquistadors
The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss decentralization in blockchain projects, the historical context of decentralized organizations, the robustness it conveys but also the difficulties it engenders. On today's podcast we apply concepts and stories from "The Spider and the Starfish: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations", a formational book on pre-blockchain decentralization written in the early 2000's, as the centralized US military struggled to effectively dispatch a much smaller decentralized force in Afghanistan. While the battlefield is different, the insight is perhaps even more relevant to the world of blockchain projects, their decentralized origins and ambitions. Later, we discuss the similarities between decentralized organizations and the Buddha's concept of self. Want more? Catch up on 7 years of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Credits for LTB#423 This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com and eToro.com. Original Photo by Ubaidhulla Adam on Unsplash This episode featured Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy, and Jonathan Mohan Music for today's episode was provided by Jared Rubens, and general fuzz, with editing by Jonas. Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email adam@ltbshow.com
40:03
January 19, 2020
LTB #422 ‘The Internet Was Illegal’ and Other Early Stories With Zooko Wilcox
Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show enlisted CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen and early cypherpunk Zooko Wilcox for a conversation on the history, challenges and long term development path of early, formative technologies. which we often hear modern blockchain movements compared against. From the pre-internet days, through the free/open-source movement, Linux successes, and challenges on the desktop, the peer-to-peer movement, cypherpunks, Linux maximalism, fundamentalism as a concept as well as some brief excursions through some history and politics of the time... Later, we'll discuss how AI and lawyers have more in common than you'd think, and what kind of protections we may need as autonomous agents become ubiquitous. This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com, eToro.com, and Purse.io Original Photo by Museums Victoria on Unsplash. This episode featured CoinDesk Reporter Leigh Cuen and Zooko Wilcox. Music for today's episode was provided by Jared Rubens, and general fuzz, with editing by Jonas. Have any questions or comments? Email adam@ltbshow.com
55:38
January 12, 2020
LTB 2020 Update (Looking for Jr. Producers!)
Hey folks, Adam B. Levine here with a brief update on LTB!.   With 2020 dawning, we're coming up on year 8 of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show, and, frankly, we've done a lot of talking in that time. In the early days we did a lot of interviews, but with the commercialization of the space, then ICOs, and now a world where there are literally thousands of blockchain projects hoping to strike it rich, we quickly became uncomfortable as the original nerd-money with its idealists became the world of pitches and marketers. Without many interviews, as the years passed the show has become more inward-looking, as we explored our personal passions and perspectives.  Perspective and personal context are arguably the thing I think is most important about what the show is, and what it's good at doing, and we'd like to build on that this year. So in 2020, we want to do something a little different, and add more perspectives to the show without adding more permanent hosts.   We're looking for up to four listeners to join the Let's Talk Bitcoin! team as junior producers, you don't have to be a long-time listener to participate, all that's required of a good candidate is that you are knowledgable about the space, paying attention to events as they happen, and have an opinion, a perspective, on what it all means or might mean.  Junior producers will be asked to write up and send in a monthly report of the most important, most under-appreciated, most misunderstood, or other such personal judgments about the world of crypto. You'll also be asked to join me on a monthly call to discuss your report, and make sure I understand your perspectives correctly.  All told, for the right candidate, this work and follow-up meeting should take no longer than five hours per month. And this is a paid role.  To apply, send an email to Adam@ltbshow.com Let's Talk Bitcoin! is back with new episodes next week, thanks for listening.
01:54
January 5, 2020
LTB #421 Stone Money and Echoes of the Past
On Today's episode of let's talk bitcoin, we're listening to echoes of the past.  In the midst of the biggest bubble yet, finding ourselves in the "then they laugh at you" phase, and with the china narrative rising for the first time as trade volumes overtook the rest of the world, I was joined by Stephanie Murphy and Andreas M. Antonopoulos in early 2014 for a conversation that is very different, yet somehow the same as we reacted in real-time to all-time high prices of $220, But first, In the nearly seven years since we started talking Bitcoin, my favorite segment from my favorite writer is without question, the island of stone bitcoins by then-LTB managing editor George Ettinger. Bitingly funny and still one of the easiest ways to accurately explain how blockchains and tokens work without the need for technology at all, even if you know this story you'll learn a thing or two, at least I did. This episode is sponsored by Brave.com and eToro.com, and is distributed in partnership with CoinDesk.com
39:25
December 15, 2019
How can public blockchains have privacy? | LTB #420 Dec 8, 2019
 On today's show, we discuss the idea of true privacy on public, transparent blockchains and some of the ways it's working (or not) in Bitcoin or related projects right now. Select Shownotes: How can public blockchains have privacy? The decreasing cost of passive surveillance MimbleWimble research Attack, Developer Response, and Alternative Implementation Response  Gossip Protocols and The Stasi Model Skin in the game with Proof of Work The moving target and the arms race Obscuring origins and game theory security Breaking links with lightning and other layer-2s Adversarial relationships are economic in nature Attacks in theory vs. practice Security through obscurity? Researchers, cryptographers and state level actors and more... Let’s Talk Bitcoin! is a long-running independent podcast on the ideas, people and projects powering the cryptocurrency narrative. On this show, we basically talk about everything other than the price.  Since we started this conversation in early 2013, a whole world of blockchains and tokens has sprung up alongside bitcoin, and we talk about those too as real-world events help us see what’s real and what’s just clever marketing. Visit LTBShow.com for all 419 of our past episodes or to subscribe directly to the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show. Episode 420 (How can public blockchains have privacy) Credits: Sponsors - Brave.com & eToro.com Hosts: Adam B. Levine (http://ltbshow.com) Andreas M. Antonopoulos (https://aantonop.com/) Stephanie Murphy (https://www.stephaniemurphyvoice.com/) Jonathan Mohan ( https://twitter.com/JonathanMohan) Other Staff Producer - Adam B. Levine Editor - Jonas Music (Theme) - Jared Rubens Music (Other) - General Fuzz
31:19
December 8, 2019
LTB #419 Altcoins and Ancient History with Charlie Lee
On this week's episode…. The hosts are talking “Altcoins and Ancient History" with Early Bitcoin Developer and Litecoin Creator Charlie Lee Selected Topics: Token Age and Network Effect Testnet game theory Founder Anonymity, then and now Ad-hoc audits in the wake of MtGox's Collapse Schnorr signatures, Tapscript and Taproot intentions at Litecoin  A "Coinbase mafia?"   and more... Let’s Talk Bitcoin! is a long-running independent podcast on the ideas, people and projects powering the cryptocurrency narrative. On this show, we basically talk about everything other than the price. Since we started this conversation in early 2013, a whole world of blockchains and tokens has sprung up alongside bitcoin, and we talk about those too as real-world events help us see what’s real and what’s just clever marketing. Episode 419 Credits: Sponsors - Edge.app, Brave.com & eToro.com Guest - Charlie Lee (@SatoshiLite) Hosts - Adam B. Levine (http://ltbshow.com) - Andreas M. Antonopoulos (https://aantonop.com/) - Stephanie Murphy (https://www.stephaniemurphyvoice.com/) - Jonathan Mohan ( https://twitter.com/JonathanMohan) Producer - Adam B. Levine Editors  - Jonas Music - Jared Rubens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jared-a-rubens-099349135)             - General Fuzz (https://www.generalfuzz.net/)
37:53
December 1, 2019
LTB#418 Statechains, and Trading the Panopticon for Magical Internet Money
On this week's episode…. Segment 1 “Long Bitcoin, Short the World?  Trading the Panopticon for Magical Internet Money” CoinDesks’ Nolan hosts a fascinating Discussion with Eric Weinstein at Invest2019(https://www.coindesk.com/events/invest-2019) They talk about embedded growth obligations and the sociopathic companies they engender… ...and Tuur Demeester’s (https://twitter.com/TuurDemeester) Reformation of Bitcoin (https://docsend.com/view/ijd8qrs) Is everything fine, or are we already experiencing a low grade revolution? The big value of blockchains is that they replicate real world “It just works”, if imperfectly. Much more in this wide-ranging “fireside chat” Segment 2 “New Tools, Layers, and Tradeoffs for scaling Blockchains” In Segment 2, the hosts of Let’s Talk Bitcoin are joined by Ruben Somsen to dig into his proposal for blockchain agnostic “Statechains” A low-trust, low knowledge, high accessibility approach to side chains Pairing Statechains with Lightning Networks Ruben’s journey from podcasting enthusiast (https://www.unhashedpodcast.com/) to scaling innovator https://twitter.com/SomsenRuben/status/1145738783192600576 Let’s Talk Bitcoin! is a long-running independent podcast on the ideas, people and projects powering the cryptocurrency narrative. On this show, we basically talk about everything other than the price. Since we started this conversation in early 2013, a whole world of blockchains and tokens has sprung up alongside bitcoin, and we talk about those too as real-world events help us see what’s real and what’s just clever marketing. Episode 418 Credits: Sponsors - Edge.app, Brave.com & eToro.com Hosts - Adam B. Levine (http://ltbshow.com) - Andreas M. Antonopoulos (https://aantonop.com/) - Stephanie Murphy (https://www.stephaniemurphyvoice.com/) - Ruben Somsen ( https://twitter.com/somsenruben?lang=en) https://twitter.com/SomsenRuben/status/1145738783192600576) Special thanks to Invest2019, Nolan and Eric Weinstein Producer - Adam B. Levine Editors  - Jonas - Adam B. Levine Music - Jared Rubens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jared-a-rubens-099349135) - General Fuzz (https://www.generalfuzz.net/)
1:08:11
November 24, 2019
LTB #417 Adoption and Mimicry on the Blockchain
In today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!, we’re jumping back into the deep end with a wide-ranging conversation about Mass Adoption, Cargo Cults, Synthetic Shorts and more.
43:54
November 17, 2019
LTB! Update (Season 2 Coming Soon!)
LTB! editor-in-chief Adam B. Levine provides a brief update.  
01:34
November 3, 2019
LTB#416 Why?
“It just keeps getting kicked up to the next level and at some point it'll be the dollar. That's the last thing that got us out of the last emergency and then people will finally realize they got nothing left.” Dr. Robert Murphy, LTB#416 On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan are joined by Dr. Robert Murphy for an in-depth conversation about reserve currency transitions, statistics, economics, and why things are the way they are. Credits Image Credits:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Earth_Western_Hemisphere_transparent_background.png https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/03/Question_mark_grey.svg/585px-Question_mark_grey.svg.png Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!  Today's episode featured Robert Murphy, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine, with music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz.  This episode was sponsored by Edge.app   Any questions or comments?  Email adam@ltbshow.com
1:02:41
October 13, 2019
LTB #415 A Domino Effect
On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Adam B. Levine sits down with William K. Santiago to discuss Blockchains, Reserve Assets, Regional Central Banks and more. Credits Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!  Today's episode featured William K. Santiago and Adam B. Levine, with music by Jared Rubens.  This episode was too short for me to want to add sponsor time, but a big thanks to Purse.io and Edge.app for generally sponsoring the show.  Any questions or comments?  Email adam@ltbshow.com Tune in next week for our conversation about reserve currency transitions with a special guest.
20:48
October 6, 2019
LTB #414 Let's Talk Bitcoin! Live Q&A
On Today's Episode, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine are back with part two of our recent live show recorded at BTC2019 in front of a live studio audience.   This time, we've got nearly an hour of audience Q&A.  Enjoy the show! This episode was sponsored by https://edge.app Curated Excerpts by ProfessorMeo_w  Stephanie Murphy: “Do you think Bitcoin will be able to shift from block rewards to transaction fees to maintain security as the block reward approaches zero?” Andreas M. Antonopoulos: “This is one of the fundamental misunderstandings and dynamics of mining for most people, which is the idea that something suddenly happens sometime at an undescribed future, either at the next halving or in 2141. The truth is on a daily basis, every single miner in the industry looks at six or seven different factors: the efficiency of their mining equipment, the price of electricity in their local fiat, the cost of their operation system, the current price of Bitcoin in fiat, the reward that's available as a block subsidy, the average amount of fees they can get, and the relative proportion of hashing power. They decide based on all of these factors. Do I leave this specific machine on at its current efficiency, or do I turn it off, or do I point it to another coin? That happens every single day. Every single day that decision continues, it’s rebalancing all of these dynamic factors. So the shift between block subsidy and fees happened every single day since January 3rd 2009 and it continues to happen today. Sometimes, the capacity of the blockchain, the number of transactions that are in there, the value of the fees mean that it really attracts miners because there's a lot of fees to take. Other times, the fees decrease, the number of transactions decreases, so they're now more reliant on block subsidy and then it swings back and forth and back and forth. It's gonna oscillate in that way all the way to 2141. Stephanie Murphy: “What does everybody's view on Rootstock (RSK)?” Andreas M. Antonopoulos: I don't think Rootstock is putting smart contracts on Bitcoin. Rootstock is allowing you to use Bitcoin to pay for smart contracts on the Rootstock Drivechain, which you could theoretically do by shifting money into Ethereum. In fact, recently I saw someone who had built a gateway that allowed you to make a Lightning payment that terminated in an Ethereum contract. So there's many ways to bridge different blockchains together. Quite honestly, I don't think we should be doing smart contracts on Bitcoin. Bitcoin doesn't do smart contracts, and it doesn't do smart contracts because it does security. That's not a trade-off I think is worth doing. It's much better to leave that to a chain that has a much more experimental culture and can take bigger risks. As to whether we can do smart contracts, that's not a binary question; it's a question of value. So can we do smart contracts that can keep $1,000,000 secure? Yes. $10,000,000? Maybe. $100,000,000? No, the DAO proved that. How about now? DAI is doing more, so maybe yes. So it's basically a moving front. As the maturity of the smart contract ecosystem expands, we can do bigger and bigger stakes (no pun intended) within the smart contract ecosystem. Every now and then there's gonna be a fairly catastrophic failure that's gonna cause a regression in the amounts of money that's put in them. But essentially it's growing. We're proving this every day, and it's the same thing with Bitcoin. The way you measure security in a smart contract or you measure security in a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is how secure is Bitcoin? X billion dollars. That's the stake that is sitting on it right now, unhacked so far.
57:39
September 29, 2019
LTB #413 Origin Stories and Earned Experience
###On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! We'll meet Jason, Chris, and Nicholas, all relatively new bitcoin users for a look at the value proposition and paths in for more recent converts.  After the break, Edge.app's Paul Puey and I sit down to discuss what's changed with time in Cryptocurrency, what we've learned or at least think we have... --- This episode is sponsored by [www.purse.io](https://purse.io) ##Credits Original Album Art: https://pixabay.com/photos/iceberg-ice-cold-sea-winter-sky-4089866/ Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!  This episode was sponsored by Purse.io, and featured Nicholas, Jason, Chris, Paul and Adam.  Special thanks to the Blockchain Training Conference for putting on such a great event. This episode featured music by Jared Rubens, General Fuzz and Gurty Beats. Today's show was produced by Krystal and edited by Adam.  Incidentally, are you a reliable, capable audio editor?  I'm looking to expand the team I work with on Let's Talk Bitcoin! and would love to hear from you at adam@ltbshow.com
42:59
September 22, 2019
LTB #412 Let's Talk Bitcoin Live!
On today's episode we're jumping into a mostly un-edited live show, which we recorded live, on-stage in Aurora Colorado during the Blockchain Training Conference a few weeks ago... Big thanks for Purse.io for sponsoring today's episode of the show. After the break, we go boldly towards a conversation about the intersection, if there is one, of cryptocurrency and star trek money with an on-stage conversation between Jonathan Mohan and Davi Barker, moderated by Stephanie Murphy.
48:09
September 15, 2019
LTB #411c Growing to Fit
We recently returned from the Blockchain Training Conference, where aside from teaching classes and doing a couple of live shows, we set up a Let's Talk Bitcoin! Recording Booth! Over three days, we interviewed about a dozen people, some new to Cryptocurrency and some who have been around longer in a hunt for "What's Interesting" to those newer users and "What's Changed" for those who have been around for multiple cycles. This episode is sponsored by www.edge.app Segment 1: Trixie - Newer User (http://www.trishatrixie.com/) Segment 2: Jameson Lopp - Long Time Bitcoin Developer - Casa CTO (https://keys.casa/) Segment 3: Darrin - Long Time Bitcoin Miner Segment 4: Davi Barker - Long Time Bitcoin User - Bitcoins Not Bombs & Pirates Without Borders (https://pirateswithoutborders.com/) Original Album Art: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Krzywy_Las_-_Nowe_Czarnowo_2.JPG Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!  This episode was sponsored by Edge.app, and featured Adam, Trixie, Jameson Lopp, Darrin, and Davi Barker.  This episode featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz. Today's show was produced by Krystal and edited by Steven.  Incidentally, are you a reliable, capable audio editor?  I'm looking to expand the team I work with on Let's Talk Bitcoin! and would love to hear from you.
43:09
September 8, 2019
LTB #410 Before the Flood
Hey folks, Adam B. Levine here, just returned from the Blockchain Training Conference in Aurora Colorado.  For the first time since spring of last year, the other hosts and I found ourselves face to face for three days of classes, shows and interviews which we'll be sharing with you over the month of September as segments on the LTB show or as bonus content on the new, free subscriber feed at LTBshow.com  You can expect the flood to start with the release of next weeks episode, But today, I've just got a taste for you as I sit down live, and in-person with Jonathan Mohan to discuss our time.
06:19
September 1, 2019
LTB #409 Another Perspective on India
This week Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan are joined by Vignesh for a more local perspective on the realities in India and the recently proposed Indian Cryptocurrency Ban.   This is a follow-up episode to our India's Catch-22 segment from LTB#407 --- LTB #409 was sponsored by Purse.io and featured Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Vignesh and Adam B. Levine.  Music for this episode was provided by Jared Rubens, and general fuzz.  This episode was edited by Steven Aram.  Any questions or comments?  email adam@ltbshow.com
38:54
August 25, 2019
LTB #408 Bitcoin Game Theory for Countries
On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Join Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan for a discussion on China, and recent signs of official sentiments thawing towards Bitcoin.  We talk incentives, possible end-games and coffee. This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Edge.app Content for LTB#408 was provided by Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Adam B. Levine.  This episode was edited by Steven and featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz Any questions or comments?  email adam@ltbshow.com
25:33
August 18, 2019
LTB #407 India's Catch-22 & How to Work With Money when Money Doesn't Work
On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... Join Adam B. Levine, Andreas Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy and Jonathan Mohan for a first-look at a particularly draconian law that's been proposed in India. Later, HRF.org director Alex Gladstein joins Adam B. Levine for the latest in the Global Voices series.  This week we're talking practical applications in Venezuela with returning guest Alejandro Machado. Thanks to Purse.io for sponsoring this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Join the Let's Talk Bitcoin! team for a live recording at the Blockchain Training conference (https://blockchaintraining.org) --- This episode was sponsored by Purse.io and BlockchainTraining.org  Music for this episode was provided by Jared Rubens and general Fuzz, with editing by Steven.   Any questions or comments?  Email adam@ltbshow.com.  Image Credit:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/alyssablack/12185839253/ 
53:43
August 10, 2019
Thailand, FATF and the US Treasury's Concerns - Token Rumors Pilot Episode
This is the pilot episode of Token Rumors, a daily, 5-minute-show concept from the creator of Let's Talk Bitcoin! focused on demystifying and connecting the dots between the best and most interesting journalism in cryptocurrency.   This is NOT a daily show yet, if you'd like it to be please let us know via email adam@letstalkbitcoin.com Episode Links: https://www.coindesk.com/thailand-to-bring-cryptocurrency-under-anti-money-laundering-rules https://www.coindesk.com/fatf-crypto-travel-rule  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDmhT9UZPIk  https://static.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Embargo-Virtual-Asset-Guidance.pdf
05:19
August 6, 2019
LTB#406 Hyperinflation, Official, and HODL Currencies (or, "Incentives are Destiny")
"If ever those two facts diverge, where the agreement is still that it's a reserve currency but the market truth is that it's no longer a good HODL currency... If those diverge... it doesn't matter if you keep calling it a reserve currency, people aren't willing to HODL it. " - Andreas Antonopoulos - LTB E406 On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!... One of the early stories we discussed, at great length, was the sort of long-term play that Bitcoin and related technologies are making as unstoppable competition for global, regional and national currencies.   On today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!, we'll join Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, and Jonathan Mohan for an in-depth discussion on Hyperinflation, Reserve Currencies, Incentives, Bitcoin, and more... --- Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!   This episode was sponsored by Edge.app and Blockchaintraining.org.   This episode featured content by Jonathan Mohan, Stephanie Murphy, Andreas Antonopoulos, and Adam B. Levine.  This episode was edited by Steven, with music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz.   Any questions or comments?  Email adam@letstalkbitcoin.com  See you next time. 
1:00:23
August 4, 2019
LTB #405 It's All Bitcoin
On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!... Adam B. Levine and LTB Global Voices segment host Alex Gladstein are talking Bitcoin in the Philippines with Luis Buenaventura. Later, having now heard perspectives from bitcoin users in Iran, India, Shanghai, Nigeria, the Philippines and with Venezuela still to air  Adam and Alex take a measured look back at the interview series so far. This episode is sponsored by Purse.io and BlockchainTraining.org  Today's show featured content by Alex Gladstein, Luis Buenaventura, and Adam B. Levine.  This episode was edited by Steven Aram and featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz.  Have any questions or comments?  Email adam@letstalkbitcoin.com.  Have a good week!
52:58
July 28, 2019
LTB #404 Crypto Plastic & Bitcoin's 90/10 in India
On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... In our first segment, we'll join Andreas Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, and Adam B. Levine for a look at the varied approaches being used to connect your Bitcoin to credit card style ease-of-use.   After the break, guest host Alex Gladstein and Adam B. Levine sit down once again for another installment of LTB Global Voices.  This time we talk with Aparna Krishnan about the unique situation brewing in India today. Today's episode was sponsored by Edge.app and BlockchainTraining.org  --- Highlights:  “It's almost as if the entire mechanism is designed to put you into debt, hopefully to get you to a point where you end up racking up fees to enrich some group of bankers..as if the entire system is designed to not only make you a debt slave, but make sure that you work for a wage salaried position to a giant corporation.” - Andreas Antonopoulos “..if anyone represents themselves as insured, you have to really look into what they mean. I feel like a lot of people are conflating one type of insurance with the other when they're making financial decisions about where they put their money. So when it comes to collateralized lending and engaging in margin, that's the whole point that crypto was trying to escape is that type of understanding of finance” - Jonathan Mohan “..when you say something like “banking the unbanked,” it's important to understand why people are unbanked in the first place. One thing that I found really interesting in India was that a large number of these people who are unbanked don't know how to use the existing financial system. It's not that they don't have access to financial systems.” - Aparna Krishnan  --- Episode 404 featured content from Andreas Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Adam B. Levine, Alex Gladstein, and Aparna Krishnan.  This episode featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz, with editing by Steven and Adam.  Any questions or comments?  You can either email adam@letstalkbitcoin.com, or now leave a voice message directly through your anchor.fm app, or on the new show page at ltbshow.com  Image credit: CC-SA http://www.picpedia.org/credit-cards/credit-cards09.html 
49:18
July 20, 2019
LTB #403 Efficiency and Timing
On Todays Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... Join Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan for an early look at the newly proposed "Erlay" and "Dandelion" transaction relay protocols.  Later,  Adam and HRF.org's Alex Gladstein sit down with Hong Kong Bitcoin Users Christina and Leo, in the third of our interview series focused on international perspectives. --- Bitcoin Optech Newsletter #49 Bitcoin Hong Kong Meetup Group --- Support the Show! Sponsored by:  www.edge.app   Tip LTB: 1FZGD64BA7B9GdwDhGGGF92amt9X6VH38K or Via the Lightning Network at https://tipltb.tokenly.com/ --- Image Credit: Wikipedia's Hong Kong entry Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin, content for today's show was provided by Stephanie, Adam, Jonathan, Andreas, Alex, Christina, and Leo. This episode was edited by Steven and Adam.  This episode featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz. Send questions or comments to adam@letstalkbitcoin.com
45:21
June 30, 2019
LTB #402 The Whole Crypto Game Just Changed
On Todays Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... Join Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine for an in-depth discussion on the realities, implications and possible speculative motive behind Facebook's recently revealed Libra Protocol. Bonus Episode: Stephanie and Adam read "How Will Facebook's Libra Blockchain Really Work? An Expert Guide to the Social Media Company's Foray into Cryptocurrency" by Jameson Lopp Shownotes: High Level (Lightpaper) : https://libra.org/en-US/white-paper/#introduction Stablecoin Reserve Whitepaper: https://libra.org/en-US/about-currency-reserve/#the_reserve Libra Association Whitepaper:https://libra.org/en-US/association-council-principles/#overview Libra Blockchain Whitepaper:https://libra.org/en-US/association-council-principles/#overview Move Language Whitepaper: https://developers.libra.org/docs/move-paper --- Support the Show! Sponsored by: [www.Purse.io](https://purse.io) Tip LTB:1FZGD64BA7B9GdwDhGGGF92amt9X6VH38K or Via the Lightning Network at https://tipltb.tokenly.com/ Thanks to everyone who participated in the LTB Shirts project, we've put it on hold for the time being but may revisit it in the future.  If you are interested in purchasing a LTB shirt, email adam@letstalkbitcoin.com --- Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/59937401@N07/5857197577 Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin, content for today's show was provided by Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Andreas Antonopoulos and Adam B. Levine This episode was edited by Steven and Adam.  This episode featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz Send questions or comments to adam@letstalkbitcoin.com
57:51
June 23, 2019
How Will Facebook's Libra Blockchain Really Work? An Expert Guide to the Social Media Company's Foray Into Cryptocurrency by Jameson Lopp, Read by Stephanie Murphy & Adam B. Levine
 As  part of our prep for discussing the new Libra project from Facebook, we read and really enjoyed a line-by-line call early analysis of  the Libra Protocol Technical Paper by Jameson Lopp and with his permission are pleased to provide it to you today in audio format.   Stephanie Murphy reads from the Libra Protocol technical document and Adam B. Levine  reads Jameson’s commentary or analysis or each perceived point.  Read the Original Article:  https://onezero.medium.com/thoughts-on-libra-blockchain-49b8f6c26372 
20:10
June 23, 2019
LTB#401 The Tools and the Work (Part 2)
On Todays Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... Join Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine for part two of our two-part discussion ([listen to part 1 here](https://anchor.fm/letstalkbitcoin/episodes/LTB400-The-Tools-and-the-Work-e49o42)) with bitcoin developers Sipa (Dr. Pieter Wuille) and Jonas Nick on Tapscript, batch verifiability, signature aggregation, OPSUCCESS, and more. Later, Adam and HRF.org's Alex Gladstein sit down with Nigerian Bitcoin User Timi in the first of a new interview series focused on international perspectives, and what really matters. --- Subscribe to Let's Talk Bitcoin! (Show Only) via your favorite platform or podcast app... Already subscribed?  Leave a review  on your favorite platform! Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lets-talk-bitcoin/id1463398832?uo=4 Google Podcasts https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9iNDIxZmQ0L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Other Options: (Breaker, Overcast, Pocketcasts, PodBean, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Anchor & more) http://ltbshow.com --- Support the Show! Sponsored by: www.Edge.app Tip LTB:1FZGD64BA7B9GdwDhGGGF92amt9X6VH38K or Via the Lightning Network at https://tipltb.tokenly.com/ Thanks to everyone who participated in the LTB Shirts project, we've put it on hold for the time being but may revisit it in the future.  If you are interested in purchasing a LTB shirt, email adam@letstalkbitcoin.com --- Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/tools-construct-craft-repair-864983/ Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin, content for today's show was provided by Stephanie , Adam , Jonathan, Andreas, Sipa, Jonas, Alex and Timi. This episode was edited by Steven and Adam.  This episode featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz. Send questions or comments to adam@letstalkbitcoin.com
52:42
June 16, 2019
LTB#400 The Tools and the Work
On Todays Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... Join Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy & Andreas M. Antonopoulos for part one of our two-part discussion with bitcoin developers Sipa (Dr. Pieter Wuille) and Jonas Nick on Schnorr Signatures, Tapscript, Taproot and more. Later, Adam and HRF.org's Alex Gladstein sit down with Iranian Bitcoin User Ziya in the first of a new interview series focused on international perspectives, and what really matters. --- Support the Show! Sponsored by: www.Purse.io   Tip LTB:1FZGD64BA7B9GdwDhGGGF92amt9X6VH38K or Via the Lightning Network at https://tipltb.tokenly.com/ LTB Episode T-shirts now available at http://LTBSHOW.COM --- Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/tools-construct-craft-repair-864983/ Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin, content for today's show was provided by Stephanie , Adam , Jonathan, Andreas, Sipa, Jonas, Alex and Ziya. This episode was edited by Dave and Adam.  This episode featured music by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats. Send questions or comments to adam@letstalkbitcoin.com
50:56
June 9, 2019
LTB #399 A Few Billion Bitcoins
Join Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy & Andreas M. Antonopoulos for a deep dive into what it would take, both in theory and in practice, adversarially or with full community consensus, to pull off a bitcoin blockchain rollback. --- Support the Show! Sponsored by: www.Purse.io Tip LTB:1FZGD64BA7B9GdwDhGGGF92amt9X6VH38K or Via the Lightning Network at https://tipltb.tokenly.com/ LTB Episode T-shirts now available at http://LTBSHOW.COM --- Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/697043922 Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin, content for today's show was provided by Stephanie Murphy, Adam B. Levine, and Andreas M. Antonopoulos. This episode was edited by Oscar Hamilton and Adam. This episode featured music by Jared Rubens. Send questions or comments to adam@letstalkbitcoin.com
53:50
June 2, 2019
Bitcoin Taxes! You Can't Cram For It.
Join Stephanie Murphy & Adam B. Levine for an in-depth discussion on Cryptocurrency & Taxes with CPA, Author and long-time friend of the show Kirk Phillips The Ultimate Bitcoin Business Guide (Kirk's Book) is available in all formats on his website, linked below. https://www.thebitcoincpa.com/pages/TUBBG This episode sponsored by: www.Edge.app   --- Support the Show! Tip LTB:1FZGD64BA7B9GdwDhGGGF92amt9X6VH38K or Via the Lightning Network at https://tipltb.tokenly.com/ LTB Episode T-shirts now available at http://LTBSHOW.COM --- Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin, content for today's show was provided by Stephanie Murphy, Adam B. Levine, and Kirk Phillips. This episode was edited by Dave and Adam.  This episode featured music by Jared Rubens. Send questions or comments to adam@letstalkbitcoin.com
59:28
May 26, 2019
Let's Talk Bitcoin! #397 Money is Funny
On Todays Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... Join Andreas Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy and Adam B. Levine for a discussion on the realities of base-layer-bitcoin fungibility. --- Support the Show! Sponsored by: www.Edge.app   Tip LTB:1FZGD64BA7B9GdwDhGGGF92amt9X6VH38K or Via the Lightning Network at https://tipltb.tokenly.com/ LTB Episode T-shirts now available at http://LTBSHOW.COM --- Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin, content for today's show was provided by Stephanie Murphy, Adam B. Levine, and Andreas Antonopoulos. This episode was edited by Dave and Adam.  This episode featured music by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats. Album Art Image Credit: By Colin Brown from Silver Lake, CA, U.S.A - IMG_5096.JPG, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4322776 Send questions or comments to adam@letstalkbitcoin.com
38:31
May 12, 2019