This episode is sponsored by, Chainalysis and FTX US.

On today’s episode, NLW looks at the state of the U.S. discussion about a central bank digital currency. Based on statements from the Federal Reserve, members of Congress and others, does it look like the U.S. is headed towards a CBDC? In fact, NLW argues, it seems like there is a strong lack of urgency about a U.S. digital dollar.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell 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: Paper Boat Creative/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at