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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Will Digital Currencies Change Our Way of Life?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Digital currency could reinvent traditional financial and social structures, and bring the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. 

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The Takeaway

The Beginning of the End of Bitcoin?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The digital currency Bitcoin has fallen by 25 percent over the last two days. One financial expert says this might be the beginning of the end of Bitcoin.

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Money Talking

Bitcoin’s Young and Wild Days May Be Coming to An End

Friday, January 09, 2015

Digital currencies have had little to no regulation. And that’s about to end.

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On The Media

TLDR #23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The curious story of a man who was thought to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto
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Money Talking

Can the Economy Get Out of Its Perpetual Rut?

Friday, June 13, 2014

The stock market keeps hitting record highs, but the economy is sputtering along. What will it take to get it growing again. Plus, how the electronic currency Bitcoin is doing after a bad winter. The stock market keeps hitting record highs, but the economy is stuck in a rut. Tomorrow, WNYC’s Money Talking looks at what it will take to get the economy growing again. Plus, how the electronic currency bitcoin is doing after a winter of ups and downs. Tune in to Money Talking and all the latest news tomorrow on Morning Edition on

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On The Media

TLDR #23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Sunday, April 27, 2014

When Wired reporter Andy Greenberg read Newsweek's cover story claiming to have found mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he was disappointed. Not so much that the mystery had been solved, but that the answer to the search was not all that interesting. But then, as the Newsweek started getting picked apart, he got a tip about another possible Bitcoin creator: a very ill, very brilliant cryptographer named Hal Finney. 

Andy Greenberg is the author of This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information.

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On The Media

#23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When Wired reporter Andy Greenberg read Newsweek's cover story claiming to have found mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he was disappointed. Not so much that the mystery had been solved, but that the answer to the search was not all that interesting. But then, as the Newsweek started getting picked apart, he got a tip about another possible Bitcoin creator: a very ill, very brilliant cryptographer named Hal Finney. 

Andy Greenberg is the author of This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information.

Donate to Hal Finney's care here

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thinking of Bitcoin as just a digital currency is like thinking about the Internet as just e-mail. Its potential is much more exciting than that.

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Gabfest Radio

Pulling Open The Veil On Bitcoin

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: Obama's new foray into comedy, Wes Anderson's directorial style, the reworking of Sagan's Cosmos, the confusion over virtual currency, and more.

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On The Media

On the Subject of Doxing

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Yesterday, I wrote an article about how doxing differs from reporting, and about Newsweek's article alleging that it had found the elusive creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. In the post I said that whether Leah McGrath Goodman's Newsweek story constituted doxing rested entirely on whether she had found the right man or not. She has claimed in multiple interviews that she is confident she has. The internet, however, apparently furious at what it considers a violation of the putative Bitcoin creator's privacy, has chosen to give Newsweek a taste of its own medicine by doxing Goodman and two others.

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On The Media

The Pseudonymous Man Behind Bitcoin Has Been Found, and He's Not a Pseudonym

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Long thought to be a pseudonym, journalists have pointed the finger at economists, cryptographers and mathematicians as possible people behind the digital currency. Until now. Maybe.

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Money Talking

Pensions. Be Afraid.

Friday, February 28, 2014

The looming crisis is getting closer — and it’s keeping elected officials like Chris Christie up at night. Here’s how cities and states are finding billions to fix the problem.

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WNYC News

Bitcoin: Funny Money or Future of Commerce?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Some people think it's funny money, and others believe it's the future of global commerce.

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The Takeaway

The Messy, Valuable World of Bitcoin

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Today the New York Department of Financial Services begins its first of two days of hearings on digital currencies like Bitcoin. Charlie Herman, economics editor for WNYC, discusses how today's hearings could change our understanding of virtual currency. While Bitcoin may be on the rise, the currencies in emerging markets are on the decline. Gillian Tett, assistant managing editor and columnist at The Financial Times, predicted the early months of 2014 would bring this sort of turbulence.

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WNYC News

Arrest at JFK Prompts Fresh Scrutiny of Bitcoin

Monday, January 27, 2014

Arrests on money laundering charges come just as New York State begins two days of hearings, aimed at bringing transparency to bitcoin transactions.

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Money Talking

Answers to Questions about Bitcoin, Even Some You Didn't Even Know You Wanted Ask

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bitcoin. It's the latest tech "disruption" because if it's successful it could upend banks, Wall Street and good-old, cold-hard cash. But if it's not all about the Benjamins, then what's it all about?

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Money Talking

As Bitcoin Takes Off, Regulators Want In

Friday, January 24, 2014

It isn't traded on the New York Stock Exchange — not yet, at least — but it does have a brand new "center" just down the street. It's not backed by any government, but its growing popularity is prompting regulators to step in and ask if they should turn on the lights and pull back the punch bowl. It's the virtual currency "bitcoin," and it's coming to a digital wallet near you.

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On The Media

The Feds Have $25 Million In Bitcoin From the Silk Road. Now What?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Yesterday, the US District Attorney's Office for the Souther District of New York announced the forfeiture of 29,655 bitcoins from the servers it seized from Ross Ulbricht, the owner of defunct internet drug marketplace Silk Road. According to this bitcoin converter, that is about $24.5 million dollars worth of bitcoins. But since the US doesn't legally allow bitcoin exchanges, what can the feds do with it?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Bitcoin Boom and Bust

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Can you explain what a bitcoin is? Our guest can. Ashlee Vance, technology writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, explains the current bitcoin craze: if it's possible to make money, where to spend bitcoins, the companies that have sprung up to service the virtual currency, and why the value fluctuates so wildly.

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