This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

For the final “Long Reads Sunday” of the year, NLW reads Michael Casey’s “Dogecoin and the New Meaning of Money.”

“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. 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 “Dark Crazed Cap” by Isaac Joel. Image credit: Therd oval/iStock/Getty Images Plus, modified by CoinDesk.