This episode is sponsored by, NEAR and FTX US.

On today’s episode, NLW gives a 101-level overview of the Lightning Network, including where it came from, how it works, and who is building on it.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsors is “Catnip” by Famous Cats and “I Don't Know How To Explain It” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: Jira Pliankharom/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at