This episode is sponsored by Ciphertrace.

"The Hash" tackles today's hot topics: Private equity giant Apollo is part of a bid to buy bankrupt crypto lender Celsius. Fintech firm Digital Asset is launching a blockchain network with some big names like Microsoft, BNP Paribas and Deloitte, among others. Pudgy Penguins raises millions in new capital for its NFT project. Global consequences are being felt as transaction fees on the Bitcoin network surge.

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This episode has been edited by senior producer, Michele Musso and the executive producer is Jared Schwartz. Our theme song is “Neon Beach.”