Monero Talk

Is Monero the truest cryptocurrency?

About the show

Monero Talk broadcasts weekly conversations with topical guests to understand what the Monero cryptocurrency is today and what it hopes to become.

We strive to give birth to new Monero users by simply reporting on the facts in our search to answer the question--Is Monero the truest cryptocurrency of them all? In staying true to the Monero ethos, we aim to always be skeptical. While we are Monero Talk by name, and Monero devotees at heart, the intention of the show is to ultimately discover and support the one blockchain that is most aligned with the original cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist ideals that cryptocurrency was born from. And the one that is most likely to succeed at becoming true digital cash. So far, we believe Monero is the one.

Guests include:
The developers and researchers working on the open source core protocol and the cryptography behind it;
The people building the projects and infrastructure supporting the protocol;
Privacy advocates and people building privacy enhancing technologies;
Analysts and investors speculating on Monero's growth;
Journalists and pundits weighing in on Monero's place in the crypto-sphere; and
Respected (sometimes controversial) contributors and community members.

If you enjoyed the show & would like to support us, a donation of any size would be greatly appreciated and would mean so much!

Monero (XMR) Donation Address:
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Episodes

  • LIVE STREAM of NYC Meetup 2/2/19 Sponsored by Cake Wallet & Monero Talk w/ special guest Justin Ehrenhofer

    February 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 21 mins
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Live Streaming of New York City Monero Enthusiasts and Doers Meetup on February 2, 2019. Sponsored by Cake Wallet & Monero Talk with special guest Justin Ehrenhofer!

  • Should Bill Gates donate to the Monero project? w/ Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation

    February 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins
    alexgladstein, bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, humanrightsfoundation, liberty, monero, moneronews, moneroproject, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    We ask Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation if we should worry about Bitcoin becoming a surveillance tool and why aren't those who laud Bitcoin for its liberating potential also focused on helping the Monero project, when it appears to be a truer form of digital cash?

  • Benjamin Earl Turner & Abteen Bagheri on their video JA RULE and Monero

    January 31st, 2019  |  59 mins 55 secs
    benjaminearlturner, bitcoin, blockchain, creativefreedom, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, jarulevideomonero, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Joining us is Benjamin Earl Turner, a very talented up and coming music artist, and his director, Abteen Bagheri who together recently released a video called "JA RULE". The music video, which is from Benjamin's EP titled "FUCK", is riddled with crypto and in particularly Monero references.

  • Monero Coffee Chat - 2019.01.26

    January 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, monerocoffeechat, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Monero Coffee Chat

  • Breaking Monero Episode 07: Remote Nodes

    January 24th, 2019  |  21 mins 41 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, remotenodes, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Remote nodes are convenient, and many wallets are configured to use them by default. Unfortunately, there are privacy and security limitations when users rely on others to provide copies of blockchain data. We discuss some of these limitations, some remote node attacks, and how to mitigate against them.

  • Why Monero is the top illicitly mined coin

    January 20th, 2019  |  48 mins 10 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, guillermosuareztangil, malware, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, sergiopastrana, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Researchers Sergio Pastrana and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil discuss their recently published report that estimates at least 4.32 percent of the total monero in circulation has been mined with Malware. (720k xmr)

  • Breaking Monero Episode 06: Unusual Ringsize

    January 18th, 2019  |  11 mins 32 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, ringsize, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    In this short episode, we discuss the unfortunate tradeoff when sending Monero transactions with unusual ringsizes. Some transactions were sent with ringsizes over 1000. Monero moved to consensus-mandated ringsizes in a recent update instead of minimum ringsizes. Thus, the concerns in this video serve an informative purpose, but they do not have any current relevance.

  • Breaking Monero Episode 05: Input Selection Algorithm

    January 17th, 2019  |  14 mins 12 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, inputselectionalgorithm, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    In this episode, Sarang and Justin explain more about how Monero selects decoys for ring signatures, more than just "randomly." We explain how Monero's selection algorithm has evolved over time, and how a strong input selection algorithm is critical for protective ring signatures.

    "An Empirical Analysis of Traceability in the Monero Blockchain"
    Malte Möser, Kyle Soska, Ethan Heilman, Kevin Lee, Henry Heffan, Shashvat Srivastava, Kyle Hogan, Jason Hennessey, Andrew Miller, Arvind Narayanan, Nicolas Christin
    https://arxiv.org/abs/1704.04299

  • Breaking Monero Episode 04: Chain Splits (Key Image Reuse Attack)

    January 11th, 2019  |  24 mins 57 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, chainsplits, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, keyimagereuseattack, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    In this episode, Sarang, Brandon (Suare), and Justin introduce key image reuse concerns. We explain some techniques to protect security and privacy under a number of circumstances. Ultimately, users should not claim "airdrop" funds if they have not thought long and hard about the implications.

  • Breaking Monero Episode 03: 0-Decoy and Chain Reactions

    January 8th, 2019  |  21 mins
    0-decoy, bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, chainreactions, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Sarang and Justin discuss 0-decoy (0-mixin) rings, perhaps the oldest and best-studied past limitation of Monero. We discuss how research created for 0-decoy rings can be applied to other analysis types. We show a spreadsheet tool we use to test chain reaction impacts, which can be caused by a large number of possible Monero attacks. By understanding the basics of 0-decoy research, individuals can more easily understand how we study the potential impacts of other attacks and analysis.

  • Breaking Monero Episode 02: Ring Signatures Introduction

    January 4th, 2019  |  47 mins 32 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, ringsignatures, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    We discuss the history of Monero's ring signatures and past approaches to improve them.

  • Bail Bloc with Grayson Earle

    December 27th, 2018  |  19 mins 20 secs
    bailbloc, bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, greysonearl, greysonearle, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Grayson Earl joins on the show to talk about his project, Bail Bloc -- a computer program that bails people out of jail by letting people easily mine Monero using their extra computing power and to seamlessly donate to the cause.

  • Breaking Monero Episode 01: Introduction

    December 21st, 2018  |  23 mins 39 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Welcome to the first episode of Breaking Monero! Breaking Monero is a series of episodes where we explain the limitations of Monero’s security and privacy in a comprehensive and understandable way. We give a sneak peek into some of the work done behind the scenes to evaluate risks and to make Monero better. It’s an ongoing process, and we are happy to have you here along with us for this part of Monero’s journey!

  • Monero Coffee Chat - 2018.12.15

    December 15th, 2018  |  54 mins 30 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, justinehrenhofer, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews
  • Andrew Poelstra on Bitcoin and Monero

    December 14th, 2018  |  1 hr 10 mins
    andrewpoelstra, bitcoin, blockchain, bulletproof, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, mimblewimble, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Andrew Poelstra on Bitcoin and Monero

  • (PART 2) Fungibility in Bitcoin V Monero with @JwWeatherman

    November 30th, 2018  |  38 mins 25 secs
    bitcoin, blacklisted, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, jwweatherman, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    What does the OFAC blacklisting of Bitcoin addresses mean for btc and has this news changed @Jwweatherman_'s opinion of Monero, or is it still a worthless scam coin.