Bitcoin Is Optimism, With Alex Gladstein



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Today’s guest is Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation.

Find our guest on Twitter: @gladstein

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“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our holiday theme music is “Spike The Eggnog” by Two Dudes. Music behind our sponsors today is “Back To The End” by Strength To Last. Image credit: Vasil Dimitrov/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.

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Alex Gladstein on Why Human Rights Activists Don’t Care About the Price of Bitcoin



This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io, NEAR and FTX US.

NLW is joined today by Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer of the Human Rights Foundation. They discuss the Oslo Freedom Forum, the human rights use case for Bitcoin and what Alex is excited about heading into the bear market.

Find out guest on Twitter: @gladstein

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