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🎙️ METACAST: Top Crypto Podcasts of May 2021

Here is a quick overview of what we’ve been listening to this month!

  • Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin returns to ‘Bankless’ for a deep dive into one of his recent blog posts, titled “The Most Important Scarce Resource is Legitimacy.” The catalyzing example for Vitalik’s discussion of legitimacy comes from Bitcoin and Ethereum, who both have the power to mobilize a tremendous amount of capital but are restricted in how this capital is used. Vitalik posits that legitimacy is the deep and powerful social force behind this.
  • Danny Ryan, Eth2 Researcher with Ethereum Foundation joined the ‘Epicenter’ show for a progress update and talked about how the protocol will work in its steady state, what has launched so far, what happens in The Merge, and how PoS will affect centralization tendencies.
  • Preston Van Loon talks about the latest in ETH2 — he says Etheruem’s big migration into its proof-of-stake chain is about six months away, give or take two months.
  • Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP)-1559 is a proposal to make several tightly coupled additions to Ethereum’s transaction fee mechanism. Tim Roughgarden is a Professor of Computer Science and member of the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, who did an extensive game theoretical review of EIP-1559. He talks about what the proposal is trying to do and why, and how it is doing it.
  • Kain Warwick, founder of Synthetix, and Kyle Samani, managing partner at Multicoin Capital, debate the merits of Ethereum, Solana, and Binance Smart Chain.
  • Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla on how to avoid another GameStop.
  • Learn all about Gitcoin DAO, GTC distribution, and the responsibilities of the governors with Kevin Owocki.
  • Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, and James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder of David Energy, come onto the ‘Unchained’ to discuss Bitcoin, the petrodollar, and how to contextualize the energy usage of the first cryptocurrency (BTC) versus the leading fiat currency (USD).
  • Novogratz, founder, CEO, and chairman of Galaxy Digital, digs into the drivers behind the market selloff.
  • Arbitrum’s founders Ed Felten and Steven Goldfeder talk about their Optimistic Rollup architecture.
  • dYdX’s Antonio Juliano on using STARKs for scalability.
  • Alchemix co-founder Scoopy Trooples, who gave a deep look into how the protocol works, alUSD and the ALCX token.
  • Curve Finance Founder, Michael Egorov, talks about why he created the protocol and his long term vision for the project.
  • Tor Bair, founder of the Secret Foundation joins ‘Blockcrunch’ in discussing why privacy matters, and the tenuous balance between data protection and the risks of money laundering.
  • On the latest episode of ‘The Unstoppable Podcast’, the hosts are talking to Matthew Gould, the CEO and Founder at Unstoppable Domains.
  • The ‘The Unstoppable Podcast’ episode with Alex Masmej, co-founder and CEO of Showtime — a new social networking platform built for showing off your NFTs.
  • Interview with Santiago Siri, the founder of Democracy Earth Foundation, who has been working on improving the way democracy works for over a decade. H‘The Delphi Podcast’ Host and GP of Delphi Ventures Tom Shaughnessy and Can Gurel, analyst at Delphi Ventures, host Sam Williams the Founder of Arweave.
  • Andy Chorlian shares his journey through DeFi and Maker to NFTs with NBA Top Shot and PleasrDAO, as well as his recent venture Fractional.
  • Episode 23 of ‘Metaverse Musings’ with Jake Brukhman, the Founder and CEO of CoinFund which was one of the earliest institutional crypto investors in the world.
  • DeFi Dad, chief DeFi officer at Zapper.fi and the host of Yield TV, talks about his various projects and the decentralized finance space in general.
  • And much more!

Unchained/Unconfirmed

Unchained:

  • Bitcoin vs. the Petrodollar: Which Is More Environmentally Friendly? Last week, Tesla announced they will no longer accept Bitcoin as payment for vehicles. In a timely episode, Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, and James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder of David Energy, come onto the show to discuss Bitcoin, the petrodollar, and how to contextualize the energy usage of the first cryptocurrency (BTC) versus the leading fiat currency (USD).
  • Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla on How to Avoid Another GameStop: In this discussion Laura moderated for Paxos, Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla discuss GameStop, the broken traditional financial infrastructure, and how blockchain technology may change the future of settlements.

Unconfirmed:

Bankless

  • Legitimacy | Vitalik Buterin: Vitalik is back on Bankless to discuss his recent blog post: The Most Important Scarce Resource is Legitimacy.

Zero Knowledge

Epicenter

  • Ethereum Foundation — An Eth2 Progress Update with Danny Ryan: Ethereum will switch from Proof of Work (PoW) to Proof of Stake (PoS) likely already later this year in a much anticipated upgrade to Ethereum 2. The switch to PoS aims to make Ethereum both more secure and more sustainable by securing the network through Ether instead of mining. A second Eth2 update will address scaling through sharding at a later time. Danny Ryan, Researcher with Ethereum Foundation, has been a major driving force behind the Eth2 project. He joined the show for a progress update and talked about how the protocol will work in its steady state, what has launched so far, what happens in The Merge, and how PoS will affect centralization tendencies.
  • EIP-1559 — Tackling the Gas Fee Problem on Ethereum with Tim Roughgarden: Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP)-1559 is a proposal to make several tightly coupled additions to Ethereum’s transaction fee mechanism. Central to the design is a base fee, which plays the role of a reserve price and is meant to match supply and demand. Every transaction included in a block must pay that block’s base fee (per unit of gas), and this payment is burnt rather than transferred to the block’s miner. The base fee is adjusted after every block, with larger-than-target blocks increasing it and smaller-than-target blocks decreasing it. Tim Roughgarden is a Professor of Computer Science and member of the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. Tim did an extensive game theoretical review of EIP-1559 and joined the show to chat about what the proposal is trying to do and why, and how it is doing it.
  • Alchemix — Financial Alchemy Through Self-Repaying Loans with Scoopy Trooples: Alchemix is a DeFi protocol that enables users to create self-repaying loans. Users deposit collateral (DAI) to take out a loan in Alchemix’s native synthetic stablecoin, alUSD. Alchemix then uses the DAI deposits and puts them into the Yearn protocol to earn yield and over time, that yield automatically pays off your debt. The hosts were joined by Alchemix co-founder Scoopy Trooples, who gave a deep look into how the protocol works, alUSD and the ALCX token.
  • Curve Finance — The Stablecoin Exchange Protocol with Michael Egorov: Curve is an Automated Market Maker (AMM) that lets users and other decentralized protocols exchange stablecoins (DAI to USDC for example) with low fees and low slippage. Unlike exchanges that match a buyer and a seller, users transact with the smart contract itself. By providing a flatter curve targeted for relatively stable pairs, Curve has established the lead position for these markets. Curve is also leveraging its own token CRV to incentivize long-term adoption of the protocol and decentralize control of governance. Curve Finance Founder, Michael Egorov, talks about why he created the protocol and his long term vision for the project.
  • Flashbots — The Good, Bad and the Ugly of MEV with Phil Daian & Stephane Gosselin: Flashbots is a research and development company focussed on Miner Extractable Value (MEV). MEV is the profit a miner can make through their ability to arbitrarily include, exclude, or re-order transactions from the blocks they produce. Flashbots has created a fork of the ethereum geth client, MEV-geth, to allow miners to exploit MEV, currently run by 80% of miners. Co-founders of Flashbots, Stephane Gosselin and Phil Daian, recently joined the show to chat about the protocol and to deep dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly of MEV.

Into the Ether

Blockcrunch

Chain Reaction

The Unstoppable Podcast

  • 45 — Fixing the Global Financial System With Crypto: On the latest episode of The Unstoppable Podcast, the hosts are talking to Matthew Gould, the CEO and Founder at Unstoppable Domains. They’re discussing how crypto can be used to fix the global financial system.

The Defiant

  • “Ethereum is About Six Months Away from Proof-of-Stake:” Preston Van Loon: Preston co-founded Prysmatic Labs, one of the main teams building Ethereum 2.0, and has been leading that team for the past three years. On top of that, he recently founded a DeFi project which bundles the entire crypto market cap in one token to allow anyone to easily buy something like a crypto index. We talk about how the desire to make a bigger impact inspired him to leave his job as a Google engineer and work in crypto full time. And how it was a spontaneous donation via Twitter from Vitalik Buterin that pushed him to finally make the jump. Preston talks about the latest in ETH2 — he says Etheruem’s big migration into its proof-of-stake chain is about six months away, give or take two months. He says Ethereum may be at a disadvantage relative to other Layer 1s, which are launching with more scalable technologies. But he also believes it will be hard for other chains to build the community Ethereum has, faster than Ethereum will upgrade.
  • “Identity is The One Vulnerability Being Exploited Across All Systems:” Santiago Siri: In this episode the host interviews Santiago Siri, who has been working on improving the way democracy works for over a decade. He started from the inside, co-founding a political party in Argentina, his home country, but realized traditional politics would change him before he could change politics. So he started building better representation for the new world and founded Democracy Earth Foundation. It’s worth noting that he’s been hacked by communists two times in the process. The Democracy Earth Foundation is developing a project called Proof-of-Humanity. Proof of humanity wants to crack the problem of identity in the decentralized era of web3 — how to prove who you are without relying on centralized entities. Proof of humanity has been able to create 5,000 on-chain identities in two months. What’s more, all of those in the network are getting streamed UBI token, which stands for universal basic income.

The Erica Show

  • The Erica Show EP29 — Adrian Brink, Founder of Anoma: For the 29th episode of The Erica Show, Adrian Brink shared his amazing journey in crypto and founding story of Anoma, which is a privacy-focused PoS protocol suitable for multi-party bartering. Adrian also introduces Ferveo, an important element to be added to Anoma that is targeted to prevent front-running. As the project is just getting started, Adrian shares plans to expand the ecosystem and upcoming milestones.
  • The Erica Show EP30 — pplpleasr, Digital Artist: In episode 30 of The Erica Show, she has the first artist on the show as well as the second female guest. Pplpleasr is an experienced 3D artist as well as DeFi’s high quality meme generator. In this interview, pplpleasr describes her journey into DeFi and two NFTs on Foundation in which the proceeds from the auctions were donated to charities supporting good causes. She shares her insight on how NFTs, DAOs, DeFi can be intertwined and change our original boundaries, especially by experiencing the capabilities of PleasrDAO.

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