A Skeptic’s Guide to Crypto: The Church of Bitcoin

In the fourth episode of Tech Tonic’s final season, FT columnist and host Jemima Kelly reflects on enduring faith in cryptocurrency. What do bitcoin enthusiasts really believe, and does the unconditional adherence to the coin make it a cult following? Jemima delves into creating myths around mysterious bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto and the belief systems that underpin cryptoland. We hear from FT banking and fintech correspondent Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan, crypto investor Nic Carter, bitcoin apostate Aviv Milner and Amanda Montell, author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism.

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Presented by Jemima Kelly. Special thanks this week to Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan, the FT’s banking and fintech correspondent. Tech Tonic’s lead producer is Edwin Lane, our producer is Josh Gabert-Doyon, and Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Our sound engineer is Breen Turner, with an original score by Metaphor Music. The FT’s audio manager is Cheryl Brumley.

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