This episode is sponsored by Ciphertrace.

The hosts of "The Hash" weigh in on the biggest stories shaping the crypto industry today, including Ripple starting a central bank digital currency (CBDC) platform which allows central banks, governments, and financial institutions to issue their own digital currency. Separately, crypto wallet maker Ledger seemingly digs itself into a deeper hole while answering questions about the firm's new wallet recovery service on Twitter. Plus, a Santiment report reveals that pepecoin (PEPE) could face challenges amid a generally bleak trading environment.

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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.”