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Join Stephan as he interviews the sharpest economic and technical minds in Bitcoin & Austrian Economics to help you understand how money is changing and evolving. This is one of the leading podcasts in the space, and listening to this show is one of the fastest ways to learn and get up to speed on Bitcoin.

Stephan Livera Podcast Stephan Livera

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    • 4.9 • 376 Ratings

Join Stephan as he interviews the sharpest economic and technical minds in Bitcoin & Austrian Economics to help you understand how money is changing and evolving. This is one of the leading podcasts in the space, and listening to this show is one of the fastest ways to learn and get up to speed on Bitcoin.

    SLP405 Paolo Ardoino Bitcoin Lightning, Tether & Keet

    SLP405 Paolo Ardoino Bitcoin Lightning, Tether & Keet

    Paolo Ardoino (CTO of Bitfinex & Tether, CSO Holepunch) joins me on the show to chat about a wide range of topics:


    Lightning security
    Lightning adoption
    Tether reserves - Does Tether Pump Bitcoin?
    Tether creation/redemption process
    Tether audits and attestations
    Stablecoins and centralisation
    Keet & Holepunch

    Links:


    Twitter: @paoloardoino
    Site: Bitfinex.com
    Site: Tether.to/en/
    Site: Keet.io

    Sponsors:


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    SLP404 Gloria Zhao - What Do Bitcoin Core Maintainers Do?

    SLP404 Gloria Zhao - What Do Bitcoin Core Maintainers Do?

    Gloria Zhao, Bitcoin core contributor and maintainer, rejoins me on the show to chat about what bitcoin core maintainers do. We discuss:


    What do Bitcoin Core maintainers do?
    How does Bitcoin Core development work?
    How much ‘power’ do maintainers have?
    Mempools - what are they and why do we need them?
    Interaction with L2 protocols
    Mempool package relay
    RBF

    Links:


    Twitter: @glozow
    Package Relay Proposal
    Site mentioned: Bitcoin Core PR Review Club
    Github: glozow
    Brink: @bitcoinbrink
    Bitcoin Core PR Reviews: @BitcoinCorePRs
    SLP216 Gloria Zhao Learning Bitcoin Core Contribution & Hosting PR Review Club 
    SLP242 Jonas Schnelli Maintaining Bitcoin Core: Contributions, Consensus, Conflict

    Sponsors:


    Swan Bitcoin
    Mempool.space
    Braiins.com
    Voltage
    Unchained Capital (code LIVERA)
    CoinKite.com(code LIVERA)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    SLP403 Alex B - Bitcoin Security Long Term & ETH Centralisation

    SLP403 Alex B - Bitcoin Security Long Term & ETH Centralisation

    Alex B rejoins me on the show to chat about bitcoin security over the longer term and updates on his ETH centralisation thesis. We discuss:


    Bitcoin’s long term security and blockspace market
    How miner fees shifted over time in Bitcoin and why
    Tail emission arguments are dumb
    Which nodes matter?
    Lido and ETH centralisation
    Will efforts to fix it work?

    Links:


    Twitter: @bergealex4
    SLP303 Ethereum's Path To Centralisation With Alex B

    Sponsors:


    Swan Bitcoin
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    Braiins.com
    Voltage
    Unchained Capital (code LIVERA)
    CoinKite.com(code LIVERA)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    SLP402 Pierre Rochard - Bitcoin Obsoletes Fractional Reserve Banking

    SLP402 Pierre Rochard - Bitcoin Obsoletes Fractional Reserve Banking

    Pierre Rochard rejoins me on the show to talk about Full Reserve, Fractional Reserve, and how Bitcoin obsolete Fractional Reserve Banking:


    Full vs Fractional Reserve
    Fiduciary media
    Is the current system full or fractional reserve?
    Various historical or current examples from the bitcoin economy
    How would businesses work under a bitcoin full reserve system

    Links:


    Twitter: @BitcoinPierre
    Related article: In Defense of Bitcoin Full Reserve: Not Anti-credit, but Anti-fiduciary Media

    Previous Episodes:


    SLP3 – Bitcoin Investment Theses with Pierre Rochard
    SLP11 – Bitcoin’s Decentralised Governance, with Pierre Rochard
    SLP35 Pierre Rochard – Lightning Power Excel Plugin, Lightning Residency
    SLP147 Pierre Rochard & Saifedean Ammous – Bitcoin as Savings Technology & Number Go Up
    SLP214 Pierre Rochard & Fabian Jahr – Where Are All The Bitcoins?
    SLP367 Pierre Rochard – Lightning Network & Kraken

    Sponsors:


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    Braiins.com
    Voltage
    Unchained Capital (code LIVERA)
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    SLP401 Greg Foss - Sell Bonds, Buy Bitcoin

    SLP401 Greg Foss - Sell Bonds, Buy Bitcoin

    Greg Foss, Bond market veteran investor, and bitcoin/macro commentator rejoins me on the show to talk about the situation with global debt, bond markets and why Bitcoin is cheap protection. We chat:


    US Fed
    Japanese debt markets
    The 60:40 stocks and bonds allocation and what changes
    Sell Bonds, Buy Bitcoin
    Scenarios for how this plays out
    Looking Glass Education

    Links:


    Twitter: @FossGregfoss
    Site: Lookingglasseducation.com

    Prior episode:


    SLP293 Greg Foss The Debt Problem You Can’t Ignore

    Sponsors:


    Swan Bitcoin
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    Braiins.com
    Voltage
    Unchained Capital (code LIVERA)
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    SLP400 Jonas Nick & Tim Ruffing - Half Signature Aggregation: What is it and how does it help scale Bitcoin?

    SLP400 Jonas Nick & Tim Ruffing - Half Signature Aggregation: What is it and how does it help scale Bitcoin?

    Jonas Nick & Tim Ruffing, bitcoin researchers and contributors at Blockstream rejoin me on the show, this time to chat about half signature aggregation. This is a scaling technique that can help scale Bitcoin and enable more transactions inside a block or help with L2 protocols. We discuss:


    How this idea came to be
    What is half aggregation vs ‘full aggregation’?
    What kind of savings are possible?
    What are the downsides?
    How would this work in practice?
    Is a soft fork required?
    Next steps for discussion, research, contributors

    Links:


    Twitter: @n1ckler
    Twitter: @real_or_random
    Blog post: Half-Aggregation of BIP 340 Signatures
    CISA github: Cross-Input Signature Aggregation (CISA)
    Half aggregation: Half-Aggregation of BIP 340 signatures

    Previous Episodes


    SLP222 Jonas Nick and Tim Ruffing What’s MuSig2? What Does it Mean for Bitcoin Multisig?
    SLP321 On-chain scaling with Bitcoin Core Developers Pieter Wuille, Andrew Poelstra, Andrew Chow & Murch

    Sponsors


    Swan Bitcoin
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    Voltage
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    Stephan Livera links:


    Show notes and website
    Follow me on Twitter @stephanlivera
    Subscribe to the podcast
    Patreon @stephanlivera

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
376 Ratings

376 Ratings

Andy LeRoy ,

Great Conversations on Money, Energy, Bitcoin, and more

I always look forward to my weekly Sunday road trip I take, as it ends up being a classroom on wheels with Stephan and his guests. I’ve really enjoyed this podcast and all of the excellent resources and content that Stephan makes available, thank you!

Dutchladle ,

Highly Valued Missionary

Stephan provides a nice variety between economics, technology, politics and sociology. The technology is often above my ability to understand, but I like to read/listen “above my grade” to keep challenging myself to learn more. Stefan‘s leadership in this leaderless realm is a great gift.

BENZONSKE ,

Authentic

Stephan focuses on bitcoin through a lens of human rights. He is the pioneer in this unfortunately niche area of Bitcoin podcasting. I appreciate his dedication to hosting intelligent guests with technical knowledge and privacy focused concerns. He runs circles around Peter McCormack in terms of bitcoin knowledge and relevance. Thank you Stephan for providing your show for free and promoting the most important aspects of Bitcoin and digital life.

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