This episode is sponsored by, NEAR and FTX US.

On this week's “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads “Let’s Use New Forms of Money to Commit to Our Communities.”

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. 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: yuoak/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at