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On this edition of “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads two threads from Alex Gladstein that summarize big-think discussions on the history and future of money. The first is a summary of Luke Gromen’s appearance on “The Grant Williams Podcast.” The second is a discussion of Lyn Alden’s essay “What is Money.”

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with today’s editing by Eleanor Pahl and Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “I Don't Know How To Explain It” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg via Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at