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What scares the US Govt more: Drugs or Bitcoin? with Lyn Ulbricht

Lyn Ulbricht

In 2013, her son was arrested and later sentenced to life in prison. We catch up with her five years later.

Cady Voge

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About the Episode

This week our guest is Lyn Ulbricht, the activist-mother to Ross Ulbricht. Ross was the founder of the famous Silk Road platform, a site on the Dark Web known best as a marketplace where you could buy and sell drugs using bitcoin.

The Silk Road website had a massive impact on the rise of bitcoin because it was one of the first places where it was tested and used as a real currency.

Lyn discusses how her life has changed since the day Ross was arrested, how she keeps fighting, where the case stands now, and her theory about how the government is more scared of bitcoin than drugs.

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Guest - Lyn Ulbricht of

Host - Cady Voge

Mentioned in the show:
Carpenter vs United States
True Crime Guys Podcast on Silk Road
Grateful Dead fan who sold LSD has life sentence cut by Obama

Producers - Matt Aaron, Cady Voge, Laurie Rice, Claire Woodcock

About the Host

Cady Voge

Cady Voge is a freelance journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia. She writes, produces radio packages, and makes videos about all kinds of topics. In Colombia she’s focused on the recent peace process there, Venezuelan migrants, and really any story highlighting people living life on the fringes of society. She’s also a documentary filmmaker, covering stories like that of an exceptional orphanage in India, and environmental degradation in Mexico. She’s fascinated by bitcoin because of the extraordinary ways that it and other applications of blockchain technology are already changing regular peoples’ lives, and she’s curious about its potential for more disruptive change to all kinds of industries in the future. Is bitcoin really as revolutionary as the invention of the Internet, like people say it is? She’s keen to find out. Follow along each week on Humans of Bitcoin for a chat between Cady and all different kinds of guests, where they’ll discuss the extraordinary stories of change in the time of digital money.

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