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Unchained

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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Recent Episodes of Unchained


How Coinbase Might Bring 1 Billion People Onchain Using Its Smart Wallet

How Coinbase Might Bring 1 Billion People Onchain Using Its Smart Wallet

Coinbase’s “onchain summer” has kicked off with the launch of its new smart wallet. This interview with Luke Youngblood, founding contributor to Moonwell, gives a peek at how it’s sweetening the pot for developers and users alike. 

In this episode, Youngblood describes how smart wallets are different from traditional wallets, how they do away with past security issues, and the more minor potential risks that still do exist with smart wallets. He also gives details on the ways that Coinbase is trying to use its smart wallet to get users onchain: making it much easier to transa...

Episode 657 7 June 2024 42m and 36s


Bits + Bips: Is This the Real Reason the SEC Approved the Ethereum ETFs?

Bits + Bips: Is This the Real Reason the SEC Approved the Ethereum ETFs?

In this episode of Bits + Bips, hosts James Seyffart, Alex Kruger, and Joe McCann, along with guest Hal Press, founder of North Rock Digital, dive into the intricate challenges of pitching the ETH spot ETF to traditional finance and the Federal Reserve’s anticipated next steps. They discuss why Biden vetoed the repeal of SAB 121, and why that veto lends credence to an alternative theory as to why the SEC approved Ethereum ETFs. 

Also, they talk about why the spot ETH ETFs are already turning out to be different from the Bitcoin ETFs, Hong Kong's (and perhaps Chi...

Episode 656 5 June 2024 57m and 3s


How the U.S. Government Can Protect the Dollar Through Stablecoins

How the U.S. Government Can Protect the Dollar Through Stablecoins

In this episode, Laura Shin speaks with former CFTC chairman Chris Giancarlo and former CFTC chief innovation officer Daniel Gorfine on the pressing need for the U.S. to safeguard the dollar. They explain why they believe the future of regulation is the government operating nodes on blockchains rather than regulating intermediaries, why even private USD stablecoins will want a USD central bank digital currency, and how China might export the technology behind the digital yuan—and its surveillance capabilities—to other countries. They also touch on how the upcoming U.S. elections could influence crypto policy, why stablecoins are m...

Episode 655 4 June 2024 1h, 27m and 7s


The Chopping Block:  Crypto Populism: From Celebrity Coins to Politics

The Chopping Block: Crypto Populism: From Celebrity Coins to Politics

Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Robert Leshner, and Tarun Chitra explore the latest trends in crypto. This episode explores the buzz around LeBron James' potential memecoin, the recent approval of Ether ETFs, and Biden's shifting stance on crypto policy. We dissect the implications of Trump's pro-crypto promises and the FIT21 legislation. Tune in for a lively debate on celebrity coins, the market's reaction to regulatory changes, and the evolving landscape of political influence in the crypto space.

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pa...

Episode 654 1 June 2024 34m and 36s


With Ether ETFs in the Works, How Else Might the SEC Pivot on Crypto?

With Ether ETFs in the Works, How Else Might the SEC Pivot on Crypto?

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pods, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform.

After some big wins for the crypto industry (and big losses for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission), Jason Gottlieb, partner at Morrison Cohen, delves into how the upcoming US elections could reshape the SEC’s crypto agenda, the political pressures influencing SEC decisions, and the potential impact that a new SEC chair could have.

Gottlieb provides insights into ongoing court battles involving major crypto firms like Coinbase an...

Episode 653 31 May 2024 49m and 59s


Why Many Democrats, Including the White House, Have Come Around on Crypto

Why Many Democrats, Including the White House, Have Come Around on Crypto

Sheila Warren, CEO of the Crypto Council for Innovation, joins Unchained to explore the dramatic shift by Democrats in the last few weeks on crypto. She explains why she believes the overturning of SAB 121 and the House vote for the FIT21 bill were both instrumental to the White House's changing view on crypto and may have played a role in the SEC’s surprising approval of spot ETH ETFs. 

Having worked for years on passing crypto legislation and as a lifelong Democrat, Sheila describes what kinds of arguments were persuasive to Democratic members of Congress, addresses some cri...

Episode 652 28 May 2024 1h, 31m and 34s


Senator Cynthia Lummis on Why Crypto Now Has Bipartisan Support in Congress

Senator Cynthia Lummis on Why Crypto Now Has Bipartisan Support in Congress

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With crypto becoming more politicized than ever, US Senator from Wyoming Cynthia Lummis came on Unchained to talk about the recent regulatory action in Washington DC.

With crypto becoming more politicized than ever, U.S. Senator from Wyoming Cynthia Lummis came on Unchained to talk about the recent regulatory action in Washington, D.C.

She delves into what led to bipartisan support to repeal SAB 121, and how the strength...

Episode 651 24 May 2024 50m and 44s


The Chopping Block: Response to SAB-121, ETH ETF, & More

The Chopping Block: Response to SAB-121, ETH ETF, & More

Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Robert Leshner, and Tarun Chitra explore the latest trends in crypto. This episode covers the anticipated Ether ETF Approval and its market impact, Biden's evolving crypto policy, and the bipartisan repeal of SAB-121. We debate the controversy around High FDV Low Float Tokens and discuss the DOJ indictment for a $25 million MEV exploit. Tune in for insights on memecoin performance, the role of prediction markets in politics, and the increasing participation of retail investors in the crypto market.

Show highlights

🔹 Crypto Regulation: In-depth discu...

Episode 650 23 May 2024 1h, 13m and 32s


Bits + Bips: Is US Politics Driving the ETH ETF Approval?

Bits + Bips: Is US Politics Driving the ETH ETF Approval?

With ETH spot ETFs now more likely than ever, Bits + Bips hosts James Seyffart, Alex Kruger, and Joe McCann delve into the reasons behind this shift, surmising that the reversal may have come from powers above the SEC—perhaps in the Biden administration.

The three hosts surmise that ETH will likely reach all-time highs, discuss how this changes their election trading strategy and ponder where there is enough institutional demand for ether ETFs. They also look at whether the potential approval could sway the US elections. 

Plus, they share insights into stablecoins and how they str...

Episode 649 21 May 2024 55m and 33s


Why Spot Ether ETFs Are Now Likely to Be Approved on Thursday

Why Spot Ether ETFs Are Now Likely to Be Approved on Thursday

Just when everyone thought that spot Ether ETFs were going to be denied on Thursday, news broke Monday that they are now likely to be approved, with Bloomberg analysts tripling their odds to a 75% chance of approval. 

Eric Balchunas, senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, and Matt Hougan, CIO at Bitwise Asset Management, say this reversal definitely has to do with politics, citing the fight of Staff Accounting Bulletin 121, a rule that was unfriendly to financial institutions wanting to engage with crypto. 

Plus, they delve into the reasons why Michael Sonnenshein stepped down as CEO of...

Episode 648 21 May 2024 51m and 13s

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