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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

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@laurashin

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English


Episodes

How Will the Legal Case Against Do Kwon Play Out in South Korea? - Ep. 401

9/27/2022
Zack Guzman, journalist and Coinage host, and Jongbaek Park, partner specializing in blockchain and crypto assets at Bae, Kim & Lee, discuss how the case in South Korea against Do Kwon and TerraForm Labs will likely go, whether Do Kwon is on the run, and what his sentence could be. Show highlights: Jongbaek’s and Zack’s disclosures regarding Terrahow big the Terra phenomenon was in South Korea and how Do Kwon was perceived in the countrywhether Do Kwon posed any conditions for his...

Duration:01:03:33

The Chopping Block: Why ETH Dumped So Hard After the Merge - Ep. 400

9/24/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Robert Leshner, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. Show topics: Why the ETH price slumped after the Merge even though it was successfulWhether the BTC security model is flawed and why Robert thinks Bitcoin will changeWhy Tarun thinks Bitcoin won’t change and why he’s bearish on Bitcoin developmentWhether the Lightning Network can succeed with so many competitors...

Duration:00:54:23

Why Senator Pat Toomey Thinks SEC Chair Gary Gensler Is Wrong About Crypto - Ep. 399

9/23/2022
Pat Toomey, U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, talks about legislation in the crypto industry, how to determine if something is a security, the future of CBDCs, and much more. Show highlights: the structural differences between crypto tokens and securitieswhy Sen. Toomey is demanding crypto legislationwhy “regulation by enforcement” does not provide clarityhow to determine if a token is decentralizedwhether proof of stake consensus turns tokens into securitiesSen. Toomey’s take on the new...

Duration:00:39:18

Is Bitcoin Doomed to Fail? Eric Wall and Justin Bons Face Off - Ep. 398

9/20/2022
In a heated debate, Eric Wall, crypto blogger and investor, and Justin Bons, founder and chief investment officer of Cyber Capital, discuss Bitcoin’s security model, whether there are fundamental flaws in its design, and which is the best consensus mechanism. Show highlights: why Justin stopped believing in Bitcoin and why he calls it “technically one of the worst cryptocurrencies”how Eric’s views on Bitcoin changed over time the problems they see with Bitcoin’s securitywhy Eric attacks...

Duration:01:25:46

Did the Merge Make Ethereum 'the Most Secure Blockchain in the World'? - Ep. 397

9/16/2022
Justin Drake, researcher at the Ethereum Foundation, talks about the Merge, how this transition affects Bitcoin, where Ethereum’s road map is going, and more. Show highlights: how Justin was feeling prior to and during the Mergewhether the upgrade is complete or there are other things to watch out forthe concern about centralization due to liquid staking derivatives providers, like Lido or Coinbasehow the Merge affects MEV and the long-term vision of proposer-builder separationwhether...

Duration:00:27:30

The Chopping Block: ETHPoW Is 'a Terrible Way to Fork the Blockchain' - Ep. 396

9/14/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Robert Leshner and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Emin Gün Sirer, the emperor of Avalanche, also joined the conversation Show topics: Gün’s take on the Ava Labs conspiracy story and whether there was any truth in the videosThe impact of the Merge on ETH issuance and energy usageWhat’s going on with the ETHPoW fork, and how the team has been messing upThe TL;DR...

Duration:00:56:31

How Traders Are Thinking About the Merge -- and a Potential ETHPoW Chain - Ep. 395

9/13/2022
Kevin Zhou, co-founder of Galois Capital, and Evgeny Gaevoy, founder and CEO of Wintermute, discuss how to trade the Ethereum Proof of Work fork, what the market is telling about the Merge, and whether the Merge affects Bitcoin. Show highlights: what will happen at the time of the Merge according to Kevin and whether there’s uncertaintywhen the ETH Proof of Work chain will emerge and how that affects trading opportunitiesthe mistakes of the ETHPoW team, like repealing EIP-1559what...

Duration:01:11:07

Preston Van Loon on Ethereum's Merge and His Lawsuit Against Treasury- Ep.394

9/9/2022
Preston Van Loon, cofounder and Ethereum core developer at Prysmatic Labs, talks about the Merge, its impact on an environmental level, and why he is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Treasury Department over Tornado Cash. Show highlights: what the Merge is on a technical level and what its impact will be whether the proof of stake consensus mechanism makes the network more decentralized and securewhat happens if the Merge fails and whether there’s a contingency planwhy Preston...

Duration:00:31:52

Arthur Hayes, Former Ethereum Skeptic, on Why the Merge Makes Him Bullish on ETH - Ep. 393

9/6/2022
Arthur Hayes, cofounder of BitMex, discusses how he’s trading the Merge, the impact of macroeconomic policy in the markets, his career as a writer, and much more. Show highlights: how crypto is reconfiguring how humans do finance over the internetwhy Arthur initially thought Ethereum was worthless how NFTs allow users to trade human culture and will unlock trillions of dollars of valuewhy Ethereum doesn’t even need to be deflationarywhether other layer 1s can take some market cap from...

Duration:00:52:11

The Chopping Block: Why DeFi May Be Over-Complying With Tornado Cash Sanctions - Ep. 392

9/3/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi and Tom Schmidt chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Jill Gunter, the empress of Espresso, also joined the conversation. Show topics: Whether product management is the new consultingWhat is going to happen with macroeconomics and whether monetary policy is data-drivenWhy Jill’s faith is getting renewed, especially after listening to Fed authoritiesThe TL;DR on the Ava Labs conspiracy...

Duration:00:59:09

How a16z’s New NFT Licenses Hope to Solve Rights Problems for Creators and Buyers - Ep. 391

9/2/2022
Miles Jennings, general counsel at a16z crypto, talks about its new “can’t be evil” NFT licenses and how they help to solve many problems within the NFT industry. Show highlights: what “can’t be evil” NFT licenses are and what problems they solvewhat can these licenses achieve for content creatorswhich are the five rights that the licenses addresswhether the NFT licenses help resolve hate speech issues for creatorswhy a16z described its licenses as “can’t be evil”how these licenses will be...

Duration:00:34:05

Given the Sanctions on Tornado Cash, Is Ethereum Censorship Resistant? - Ep. 390

8/30/2022
Andrew Hinkes, partner at K&L Gates and adjunct professor at NYU, and Martin Köppelmann, co-founder of Gnosis, talk about the sanctions on Tornado Cash, how they will impact Ethereum on the base layer, and the likelihood of having two chains. Show highlights: the legal meaning of the OFAC sanctions on Tornado Cash and why it is causing complicationshow legislation is built for the fiat world, and how in DeFi and crypto there’s no clarity how miners have changed their behavior prior to...

Duration:01:23:08

With the Merge, Will Ethereum Take Over Bitcoin’s Title as Digital Gold? - Ep. 389

8/26/2022
Travis Kling, Chief Investment Officer at Ikigai Asset Management, talks about how ETH changes after the Merge, what factors are going to affect its price action, and whether it can decouple from traditional assets. Show highlights: how the supply and demand dynamics of ETH will change after the Mergewhy he believes the Merge is the most significant catalyst in crypto historywhat the risks are in terms of price action whether there is an estimate of how much ETH will be locked up and how...

Duration:00:36:16

Why Is Ethereum Trying to Maximize Value From Users? Two Sides Debate - Ep. 388

8/23/2022
Stephane Gosselin, cofounder and chief architect of Flashbots, and Uri Klarman, CEO of bloXrouteLabs, joined Unchained to discuss everything about MEV, an especially important topic now with the Merge coming. Show highlights: what MEV is, how it works under Proof of Worksome examples of MEV, like frontrunning and arbitragehow MEV is a rabbit hole full of monstersthe role of Flashbots in the MEV industry and how Flashbots enabled a reduction of gas fees for usershow MEV-geth functions and...

Duration:01:14:19

Is TRM Labs Blocking Addresses From DeFi Protocols? Ari Redbord Says No - Ep.387

8/19/2022
Ari Redbord, Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, talks about the sanctions on Tornado Cash, and the role of blockchain analytics tools in crypto. Show highlights: Ari’s background as a federal prosecutor and his work for the US Treasurywhy regulators sanctioned Tornado Cash, according to Ariwhy the Ronin hack was important for regulators to start taking DeFi hacks more seriouslythe fact that for the first time the Treasury Department sanctioned softwarewhether the Office of...

Duration:00:36:32

The Chopping Block: Did OFAC Overstep by Sanctioning Tornado Cash? - Ep. 386

8/18/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Laura Shin, host of Unchained and author of The Cryptopians, also joined the conversation. Show topics: What Tornado Cash is and why it got sanctioned by the OFACThe difference between Tornado Cash andblender.io Whether privacy is dead as a category and whether regulators are going after itHow these sanctions have a...

Duration:01:13:39

Coinbase CPO Surojit Chatterjee Explains Why He Believes the Exchange Will Win- Ep. 385

8/16/2022
Surojit Chatterjee, chief product officer at Coinbase, comes to talk about what products Coinbase is building, how it can thrive in such a competitive landscape, how to onboard billions of users into crypto, and much more. Show highlights: how Surojit got into crypto and ended up at Coinbasewhat sets Coinbase apart from the competitionhow to bring billions of customers to crypto Surojit’s mental model of a bridge between the fiat world and the crypto worldhow Coinbase is integrating its...

Duration:01:09:02

Tornado Cash Sanctioned. Did the Government Overstep Its Bounds? - Ep. 384

8/12/2022
Jerry Brito, executive director of Coin Center, talks about Tornado Cash, why it was sanctioned, and what this means for privacy in crypto. Show highlights: whatBlender.iois and how it relates to Tornado Cashhow hackers have used Tornado Cash to launder moneywhether the Office of Foreign Assets Control made a mistake, according to Jerryhow Americans were affected by the sanctionswhy Jerry believes OFAC should have done an analysis to estimate how many people would be impacted by its...

Duration:00:36:27

The Chopping Block: How to Manage MakerDAO, With Hasu and Rune - Ep. 383

8/11/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Hasu, the gourmand of governance and Rune Christensen, chief mischief maker at MKR, discuss how to manage a DAO, their respective visions for MakerDAO, and much more. Show topics: What MakerDAO is, how DAI works and whether it is the “central bank” of DeFiHow the visions for MakerDAO of Hasu and Rune...

Duration:01:05:58

Will the Nomad Mass Looting Change How Law Enforcement Treats DeFi Hacks? - Ep. 382

8/9/2022
Layne Haber, Co-founder of Connext Network, discusses the Nomad bridge hack, how it happened, and what can be done to prevent these exploits. Show highlights: what Nomad is and how it workshow the hack occurred and what the vulnerability washow much TVL the protocol had and how much of it was drainedwhy the Nomad hack was uniquehow this exploit resembled the DAO hack on Ethereumthe bounty program that Nomad offered and how hackers responded to ithow Nomad is working with law enforcement,...

Duration:00:30:05