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"The Hash" tackles today's hot topics: Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong clarifies continuing U.S. presence amid its lawsuit against the SEC. Bitcoin network fees are spiking on the rising popularity of meme coins and the Ordinals protocol. Worldcoin is betting on a gas-free crypto wallet. Plus, crypto reporter and author Brady Dale joins the show to discuss his new book on the meteoric rise and fall of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried.

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