Episode 21: Flipping the Switch on Renewables and Bitcoin Mining with Ali Chehrehsaz and Nima Tabatabai

My guests today are solar energy experts Ali Chehrehsaz and Nima Tabatabai of Optimize Infrastructure.

We cover:

  • Why can’t we just switch to RE tomorrow?
  • Solar value deflation and curtailment
  • Why is Bitcoin a unique solution to the problems of solar energy?
  • Do we still need BTC mining if we have batteries?
  • Overbuilding and capital incentives
  • A call to action





Episode 20: Human Rights and the Progressive Case for Bitcoin with Alex Gladstein

My guest today is Alex Gladstein. Alex is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation and has served as the Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum. Since 2018 Alex has served as the key voice for the intersection between Bitcoin and human rights.

We cover:

  • Why Alex was drawn to working in human rights
  • The mission of the Human Rights Foundation
  • Why he was initially skeptical of Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin’s governance as a foundational layer to build on
  • Can Bitcoin democratize the financing of humanitarian aid?
  • Pitching Bitcoin to liberal voters
  • The domestic case for Bitcoin
  • What keeps Alex motivated and who are his role models



Alex Gladstein


Episode 19: Bringing Bitcoin to the US Senate with Bryan Solstin

My guest today is Bryan Solstin, a software developer and aerospace propulsion engineer who is running for US Senate for the state of Washington. He is running primarily on a platform supporting Bitcoin and STEM.

We cover:

  • His journey away from hierarchical religion 
  • How two books influenced Bryan to pursue meditation and ultimately Bitcoin
  • Complexity and the political process
  • How to build consensus
  • How he defines being a “social liberal”
  • US Debt, housing prices, and homelessness
  • Bitcoin is the real ESG
  • UBI over the Lightning Network





Episode 18: The Ethical Case for Bitcoin with Pete Rizzo

My guest today is prominent Bitcoin journalist, Pete Rizzo. We focus on his Forbes article from 2021 that makes the ethical case for Bitcoin compared to other cryptocurrencies. 

We cover:

  • Why Pete has focused his career on Bitcoin
  • Comparing his experience with reporting on Bitcoin versus other journalists 
  • What rights does Bitcoin grants its users?
  • Alternatives to Bitcoin recreating the current system of financialization
  • Why should the Left care about Bitcoin?




Bitcoin and the American Dream



Episode 17: Inclusion and Bitcoin Adoption with Mandy Campbell and Sarah Satoshi

Today’s episode is with guests Mandy Campbell and Sarah Satoshi. Through OkCoin and Ladies in Bitcoin, respectively, they are focused on fostering inclusion in Bitcoin adoption. 

We cover:

  • Their paths into Bitcoin
  • Ladies in Bitcoin
  • OkCoin’s “Crypto for All”
  • Why women should learn more about Bitcoin.
  • How does Bitcoin empower women toward financial independence?
  • Role models







Episode 16: Bitcoin and US National Security with Matthew Pines

Today’s guest is US National Security expert and Bitcoin Policy Institute Fellow, Matthew Pines. 

We cover:

  • What is the Bitcoin Policy Institute?
  • Why is Matthew focused on Bitcoin?
  • Can Bitcoin support US economic growth and energy innovation?
  • Stability of USD reserve status
  • Freezing gold versus Bitcoin transactions
  • Why is Bitcoin better for the US than gold or a bancor?
  • How effective are sanctions and would any efficacy be compromised by Bitcoin?
  • What kind of conflict would Bitcoin reduce versus possibly augment?
  • Did we just witness Bitcoin democratize the financing of war?
  • Bitcoin and US energy independence 


Episode 15: Unbanked & Deplatformed in Adult Entertainment with Allie Rae

My guest today is Allie Rae who has started the adult content platform Wetspace.com 

We cover:

  • Her career as a NICU nurse
  • Why she needed to leave her career as a nurse
  • Life as an adult content creator 
  • OnlyFans deplatforming 
  • Losing access to banking
  • Her experience with the CumRocket token
  • The Wetspace adult content platform




Home Page


Episode 14: Surfing, Addiction, and Bitcoin in South Africa with Bitcoin Ekasi

Today’s episode is with Hermann Vivier and Senior surfing coach, Luthando. Together, Hermann and Luthando are bringing surfing to their local township while also promoting Bitcoin adoption in the community.

We cover:

  • The connection between surfing and Bitcoin
  • The mindset of an addict and Bitcoin
  • The goals of Bitcoin Ekasi
  • What Bitcoin means for Luthando and his community
  • Luthando’s hope for Bitcoin and the future of his friends and family. 




Episode 13: The Bitcoin FAQ with Bradley Rettler

Today’s episode is with philosophy professor and prolific Bitcoin writer, Bradley Rettler. We go through as many of the frequently asked questions regarding Bitcoin as we can in a nearly 3 hour marathon. This is definitely one to share with friends and family!

We cover:

  • How to view Bitcoin?
  • What is Bitcoin?
  • Who was Satoshi Nakamoto?
  • Was the Bitcoin distribution fair?
  • Is Bitcoin for criminals?
  • Is Bitcoin backed by anything?
  • What kind of asset is Bitcoin?
  • Is Bitcoin a currency?
  • Why is Bitcoin so volatile?
  • Is Bitcoin’s volatility a problem?
  • PoW versus PoS
  • How to think about Bitcoin’s environmental impact?
  • And more…



Episode 12: Satoshi is Ethiopian with Kal Kassa

Today’s episode is with Kal Kassa, founder of Bitcoin Birr and the Hoseki app. He sees Bitcoin as foundational for empowering the people of Ethiopia.

We cover:

  • Inflation and stores of wealth in Ethiopia 
  • The failure of financial aid in Africa and the failure of Cardano
  • Why is Bitcoin for everyone?
  • Satoshi is Ethiopian