This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io, Chainalysis and FTX US.

On today’s episode, NLW covers the crypto industry chatter around the Ethereum Merge. Last week, ETH devs pointed to September as a likely date for the transition from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, and the price of ether has been going up ever since. But does the Merge also create political risk?

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Michele Musso 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 “The Now” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: Tuomas A. Lehtinen/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.