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On this edition of "Long Reads Sunday," NLW reads “The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin Culture” by Dr. Paul J. Dylan-Ennis.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with today’s editing by Eleanor Pahl and research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. Music behind our sponsors today is “The Now” by Aaron Sprinkle and “The Life We Had” by Moments. Image credit: KrizzDaPaul/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at