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Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discuss historical moments in the Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and finance spaces, mainly focusing on frauds, exchange hacks, exit scams, and other malfeasance.

Crypto Critics' Corner Cas Piancey and Bennett Tomlin

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Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discuss historical moments in the Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and finance spaces, mainly focusing on frauds, exchange hacks, exit scams, and other malfeasance.

    The Skeptic's Guide to Skepticism

    The Skeptic's Guide to Skepticism

    Today Bennett and Cas discuss walking the fine line between beneficial and frank skepticism and full-blown conspiracy theorist, and how sometimes the line can get a little blurry.



    This episode was recorded on November 4th, before everything spiraled into an utter sh*tshow.

    • 35 min
    FTX and Alameda are dead, long live cryptocurrency

    FTX and Alameda are dead, long live cryptocurrency

    Today Bennett and Cas are talking about the collapse of FTX, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, and its sister trading firm, Alameda Research.

    • 38 min
    Shadow Banking 2.0 in Web3 and DeFi (Feat. Hilary Allen)

    Shadow Banking 2.0 in Web3 and DeFi (Feat. Hilary Allen)

    Today Cas and Bennett are joined by law professor at American University Hilary Allen to discuss whether or not web3 and DeFi are shadow banking 2.0, and if they will lead to another 2008 financial crisis.

    Hilary's paper available here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4038788

    Read more: https://cryptocriticscorner.com/2022/10/27/episode-97-defi-as-shadow-banking-2-0-feat-hilary-allen/



    This episode was recorded on August 3rd, 2022 and edited by Griffin Davis.

    • 37 min
    Binance Smart Chain is Dumb and Mango Markets, Too

    Binance Smart Chain is Dumb and Mango Markets, Too

    Today Bennett and Cas discuss two recent major cryptocurrency problems: one via Binance Smart Chain, a "DeFi" protocol built by CZ and the Binance team, that suffered a $100 million hack, and Mango Markets, a DeFi marketplace, that suffered a $100 million exploit. Another fun week in cryptocurrency.

    Other resources mentioned in this episode:

    Unchained Interview with CZ: https://youtu.be/J0XJesFkdl0

    Chris Brunet revealing Mango Markets attacker: https://karlstack.substack.com/p/exclusive-the-man-who-may-have-milked

    Bennett's newsletter about the BSC hack: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/protos/issues/cz-stopped-bsc-why-it-matters-1408029

    This episode was recorded on Wednesday, October 12th and edited by Bennett Tomlin.

    • 30 min
    High Noon at Ooki Corral: CFTC Sues DAO Participants

    High Noon at Ooki Corral: CFTC Sues DAO Participants

    Today Bennett and Cas talk about what's going on with the Ooki DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization), why the CFTC is suing them, and why it's okay that Ooki DAO is not okay.

    This episode was recorded on Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 and edited by Bennett Tomlin.

    • 29 min
    A Tale of Two Ponzis: Celsius and Luna, Alex Mashinsky and Do Kwon

    A Tale of Two Ponzis: Celsius and Luna, Alex Mashinsky and Do Kwon

    Today Bennett and Cas discuss the best of times and the worst of times for two enormous Ponzi scemes: Celsius - a now bankrupt cryptocurrency lender - and Luna - an algorithmic stablecoin ecosystem once valued at nearly $60 billion, and the two individuals who ultimately led them to their respective downfalls: Alex Mashinsky and Do Kwon.

    KeyFi lawsuit against Celsius: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=RvF30Mz2IZW63s1mjjau2Q==

    Celsius lawsuit against KeyFi: https://assets.law360news.com/1523000/1523691/complaint.pdf

    Coverage of the Celsius countersuit: https://protos.com/celsius-lawsuit-claims-keyfi-stole-customer-deposits-to-buy-nfts/

    Mashinsky resigns: https://protos.com/chief-exec-alex-mashinsky-resigns-from-celsius-network__trashed/

    Celsius Network all-hands: https://youtu.be/40-w9r7WSKM

    Bennett's reaction to Coinage interview of Do Kwon: https://youtu.be/vcy_N8Kozf4

    What is a red notice?: https://protos.com/what-is-an-interpol-red-notice-and-how-does-it-work/

    Cas' article on death fraud: https://medium.com/coinmonks/death-fraud-6920cc93d0a7

    This episode was recorded on Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 and edited by Bennett Tomlin.

    • 28 min

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195 Ratings

195 Ratings

banjogood ,

What a crypto podcast should be

Best crypto podcast, hands down. I love the well-researched skeptic pov. Also, the hosts are great.

FerYay ,

Exquisite Research, Well-Communicated, Timely, and Important

Both hosts have a talent for explaining complex ideas in comprehensible ways. Bennett provides the detailed, well-researched expertise about finance, companies’ histories, and the relevant tech. Cas has a solid understanding of these subjects and also has a quick intuition for when the listener (at least in my case :) ) needs more background or a quick explanation. All of their guests are well-selected experts in the particular episode’s subject matter. There is no fluff or wasted time, but neither does any episode feel rushed. This podcast is an invaluable public service. I have been interested in the situation with crypto-“currencies” since I watched Dan Olson’s documentary “Line Goes Up,” and I have found few resources that are better that this podcast in providing up-to-date factual information.

Thank you both. And thank you to all your guests, who are speaking up to help counter the general media’s neglectful, credulous, irresponsible promotion of crypto.

.GraceParker. ,

Thank you

Thank you for the detailed, analytical, and thoughtful show in an area that is mostly hype unfortunately

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