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As host of the Pomp Podcast, author of the daily Off The Chain newsletter, and founder partner at Morgan Creek Digital Assets, Anthony Pompliano is one of the best known media personalities and investors in the crypto industry. 

In this episode, he and @NLW discuss: 

  • The Fed’s just announced $2.3 trillion stimulus package - including the authorization to buy junk bonds
  • Why media and trust have desiccated to their lowest levels eve...

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    In part 4 of this six-part documentary podcast series about Bitcoin in Africa we'll join Anita as she speaks with a young woman from Harare, Zimbabwe. She calls herself a 'Digipreneur' and also works as a teacher. Working with her organization, they focus on the digitalization of Africa and aim to improve outcomes in Zimbabwe. With the use of Bitcoin outlawed and the state of human rights and free speech being rather po...


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    Demetri Kofinas is the host of Hidden Forces, a popular podcast that examines markets through the lens of large patterns of change. 

    On this episode, Demetri and @NLW discuss:

  • How the politicization of the Coronavirus crisis has undermined smart action
  • How media incentivizes extreme opinions regardless of underlying expertise 
  • What conversations are we not having around Coronavirus - in particular in terms of second order effects
  • Wh...
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    Epsilon Theory’s Ben Hunt joins for a follow up to our pre-lockdown Covid-19 conversation in early March. In the month since, the markets finally started to take Covid-19 seriously, elected officials stopped calling it just the flu, and big chunks of the world economy shut down. 

    Now, as markets rally on early evidence the curve may be flattening, the question is: is this premature? 

    In this episode, Ben & NLW discuss:

  • How the mar...

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    Second order effects are things that happen as unexpected outcomes of something else happening. These effects can create surprising causal chains. 

    Take this for example: A pandemic makes everyone need to work from home leads to an increase in video calling leads to Walmart reporting that people are buying more shirts, but not pants. 

    Emerson Spartz is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on virality and the internet. He founded Mugg...

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    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 live in the world today.

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    In about 40 days, the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, bitcoin, will undergo a pre-programmed block reward reduction known as the halving. 

    Roughly every 4 years, bitcoin’s block subsidy rewards are cut by 50 percent in order to prevent currency inflation. Recurring halving events also ensure that total supply over time is capped at 21 million coins. It will take an estimated 64 halving events befor...

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    Matt Luongo got his start in bitcoin in 2013. In 2016, he watched a pivotal moment where the sound money, digital gold narrative subsumed the payments use case for bitcoin. While he agreed, ultimately, with the important of bitcoin as a new reserve asset, he still wanted to build and found his way to Ethereum. 

    Now his company is launching tBTC, a trust-minimized bridge between bitcoin and ethereum. Among other uses, it is a new sol...

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    The economic outlook is grim. The jobless claims keep piling up and even the most intransigent states are shutting down business. There isn’t - yet - a realistic plan - for returning to any sort of economic normalcy. 

    Yet in this bleak view, there are a handful of crypto indicators that suggest for cautious optimism. In this episode, @NLW discusses:

  • The crypto community’s volatility resilience 
  • A significant uptick in Stablecoin i...
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    After three weeks of listening, recording and talking bitcoin (BTC) in Africa, podcaster Anita Posch is back in part 3 of her six-part documentary podcast series.

    In the first and second part of this six-part series you heard about the difficult living situation, the hyperinflation and about the multi-currency world that Zimbabweans have to live with since many years. In this - the third part - you will hear from two early bitcoin ...


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    “Some countries just aren’t going to emerge from the Coronavirus.”

    Peter Zeihan is one of the world’s foremost geopolitical experts. In his new book “Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World,” Zeihan argues that we’re at the end of the largest expansionary period in human history. As America withdraws from global leadership, a totally new (and for most parts of the world, more painful) ‘normal’ will emerge. 

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    In this wide-ranging discussion, Castle Island Ventures founding partner and Coin Metrics co-founder Nic Carter joins @NLW to discuss:

  • Why corporations weren’t adequately prepared for any serious economic trouble, much less a global pandemic 
  • Why government backstopping the corporations leads to inappropriate risk-taking 
  • How stock buybacks became a boogeyman of the current crisis 
  • Why the crisis is actually four crises in one: hea...
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    On January 28th, Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal tweeted “Notable overlap on here between the most alarmist people tweeting about the virus and those who are obsessed with the size of the Fed balance sheet.” 

    There is no doubt that the bitcoin and crypto community broadly were far earlier in recognizing the potential significance of the Covid-19 crisis than most professional communities. Today , America preps for at least another month o...

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    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 accepta...

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    "...I think the right lesson to draw from all of this is that a global order needs to be based on a distributed operating system, not on a centralized architecture. And I think that applies not just in the realm of money but also across the board so that there is a greater capacity for local response than we currently have..."

    CoinDesk's Michael Casey speaks with author, historian and Hoover Institution senior fellow Nia...

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    In this episode of The Breakdown, @NLW reflects on the themes that defined an absolutely wild week in global markets and society. 

    Those themes include:

  • Unlimited QE - broad new powers (corporate bond buying anyone?) and an unlimited checkbook for the Fed 
  • Digital Dollars - a surprise inclusion of a digital dollar in an early Stimulus draft shifts the Overton window
  • Narrative Shift to “Grandma Dies For The Dow” - narrative analysis...

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    The Senate passed $2T in Stimulus. That includes a one time $1,200 check to impacted individuals and….you guessed it, billions and billions for corporate relief. Included in that are hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate bond buying programs. The Federal Reserve has recruited asset management giant BlackRock to administer three of those programs. 

    Here’s the kicker. As Bloomberg describes it: “under the arrangement [BlackRock...

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    In this second part of the “Bitcoin in Africa” podcast documentary series, join Anita as she learns about Zimbabwe and the country's multiple currencies. Combining on-the-ground recordings, interviews and thoughtful narration, she paints a picture of why things are how they are, as well as the state of human rights and free speech.

    In the first episode we learned about the current living situation of Zimbabweans and the country&...

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    CoinDesk’s Chief Content Officer Michael Casey and Head of Research Noelle Acheson join for a lively debate about the new $2 trillion stimulus package and era of “unlimited” QE, including:

  • Whether (and on what time scale) fiscal and monetary stimulus might lead to inflation
  • Whether the Fed buying corporate bonds amounts to a nationalization of the bond markets
  • Why the appearance of a ‘digital dollar’ in an earlier stimulus proposal wa...
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    Mark Yusko is the founder of Morgan Creek Capital Management. In this wide-ranging conversation, he and @NLW discuss: 

  • Why bitcoin has fallen with stocks over the last few weeks
  • Why price and value are not the same thing
  • Why stocks have been manipulated 
  • An argument for buy backs being illegal 
  • Why cronyism is not capitalism 
  • Why bailouts and other types of intervention help zombie companies that should perish
  • A debate about whether t...
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