This episode is sponsored by, NEAR and FTX US.

In the short term, crypto is firmly a part of the larger macro cycle driven by the Fed’s fight against inflation. In the long term, however, there is much evidence that the market downturn won’t be anything like the crypto winter of 2018-2019. NLW explores the funding and events of the past month that tell the story of these two different crypto markets.

“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: We Are/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at