This episode is sponsored by, Chainalysis and FTX US.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads "America’s Middle Class is Vanishing" by Eric Basmajian and "Powell Is No Volker" by James Lavish.

“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 “Razor Red” by Sam Barsh and “The Life We Had” by Moments. Image credit: KeithBishop/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at