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Recent Episodes
  • BREAKDOWN: Is the Decentralization in DeFi an ‘Illusion’?
    Dec 7, 2021 – 00:13:33
  • BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin Crashed
    Dec 6, 2021 – 00:12:53
  • SOB: Exploring Bitcoin’s Lightning Network
    Dec 5, 2021 – 00:53:03
  • BREAKDOWN: The Innovation at the Heart of the Global Crypto Transformation
    Dec 5, 2021 – 00:16:30
  • BREAKDOWN: Goldman Looking Into Bitcoin-Backed Lending as Jobs Report Disappoints
    Dec 4, 2021 – 00:10:33
  • BREAKDOWN: 20 Predictions About the Future of Money
    Dec 3, 2021 – 00:17:15
  • BREAKDOWN: How November Bear Market-Proofed the Crypto Industry
    Dec 2, 2021 – 00:14:08
  • BREAKDOWN: The Long Strange Journey of Facebook's Libra Project
    Dec 1, 2021 – 00:14:52
  • BREAKDOWN: Powell and Yellen Talk Stablecoins, Inflation and Debt
    Nov 30, 2021 – 00:12:52
  • BREAKDOWN: What Jack Dorsey Leaving Twitter Means for Bitcoin
    Nov 29, 2021 – 00:14:05
  • SOB: Big Gaming Signals NFTS Are Closer to Mainstream
    Nov 28, 2021 – 00:38:26
  • BREAKDOWN: America and the Metaverse
    Nov 28, 2021 – 00:13:24
  • BREAKDOWN: Alyse Killeen on Why Bitcoin Was Ready for Nation-State Adoption
    Nov 27, 2021 – 00:27:33
  • BREAKDOWN: Dan Held on the Mainstreaming of Bitcoin
    Nov 26, 2021 – 00:24:21
  • BREAKDOWN: Dylan LeClair on Bitcoin Data Where Macro Meets Micro
    Nov 24, 2021 – 00:30:34
  • BREAKDOWN: What Jerome Powell’s Second Term Means for Bitcoin
    Nov 23, 2021 – 00:15:22
  • BREAKDOWN: Are El Salvador’s Bitcoin 'Volcano Bonds' an End Run Around the IMF?
    Nov 22, 2021 – 00:16:48
  • BREAKDOWN: Are Stablecoins the Path to Continued Dollar Dominance?
    Nov 21, 2021 – 00:12:52
  • BREAKDOWN: What Billions of Dollars in Crypto Fundraising Says About the Bull Market
    Nov 20, 2021 – 00:12:34
  • BREAKDOWN: Did ConstitutionDAO Shift the Overton Window on What DAOs Can Accomplish?
    Nov 19, 2021 – 00:17:04
  • BREAKDOWN: What We Learned From Congress' ‘Demystifying Crypto’ Hearing
    Nov 18, 2021 – 00:13:30
  • BREAKDOWN: Will New Anti-Terrorism Rules Help Israeli Crypto Startups? A Global Regulatory Roundup
    Nov 17, 2021 – 00:15:31
  • BREAKDOWN: What Drove Bitcoin's Dip Under $60K
    Nov 16, 2021 – 00:15:43
  • BREAKDOWN: This DAO Is Trying to Buy the Constitution for $20M
    Nov 15, 2021 – 00:18:40
  • SOB: How Far We’ve Come (And How Much Stayed the Same)
    Nov 14, 2021 – 01:05:18
  • BREAKDOWN: Crypto Is for the Dissidents and Disenfranchised
    Nov 14, 2021 – 00:14:29
  • BREAKDOWN: Is Jack Dorsey About to Announce a Bitcoin DeFi Platform?
    Nov 13, 2021 – 00:14:05
  • BREAKDOWN: The Politics of Bitcoin
    Nov 12, 2021 – 00:14:14
  • BREAKDOWN: Why Yesterday Was One of the Most Illuminating Days in Bitcoin’s History
    Nov 11, 2021 – 00:14:52
  • BREAKDOWN: Inflation Nation – US Sees Highest Price Increase in 31 Years
    Nov 10, 2021 – 00:15:35
  • BREAKDOWN: Apple CEO Tim Cook Reveals Crypto Holdings as BTC and ETH Hit New All-Time Highs
    Nov 9, 2021 – 00:13:57
  • BREAKDOWN: What Elon Musk's $21B Tesla Sale Gambit Says About Markets
    Nov 8, 2021 – 00:15:40
  • SOB: If Facebook Can’t Run a Global Currency, Who Could?
    Nov 7, 2021 – 00:40:19
  • BREAKDOWN: The End of the Super Bubble vs. WAGMI
    Nov 7, 2021 – 00:13:24
  • BREAKDOWN: What to Do About the Looming Disaster for Crypto in 6050I
    Nov 6, 2021 – 00:12:29
  • BREAKDOWN: Central Banks Sending Worrisome Signals About the Economy
    Nov 5, 2021 – 00:10:05
  • BREAKDOWN: Why Some US Congressmen Are Asking Gensler About a Bitcoin Spot ETF
    Nov 4, 2021 – 00:12:10
  • BREAKDOWN: New York City Gets Itself a Bitcoin Mayor
    Nov 3, 2021 – 00:14:35
  • BREAKDOWN: What You Need to Know About Biden's Stablecoin Report
    Nov 2, 2021 – 00:19:55
  • BREAKDOWN: Top 5 Things That Happened in Crypto in October
    Nov 1, 2021 – 00:16:25
  • BREAKDOWN: Where Bitcoin Fits in a Post-Scarcity World
    Oct 31, 2021 – 00:10:34
  • BREAKDOWN: Inflation or Deflation? Jack Dorsey, Cathie Wood, Elon Musk, Jeff Booth Debate!
    Oct 30, 2021 – 00:10:44
  • BREAKDOWN: Everything You Need to Know About Facebook’s ‘Meta’ Metaverse Play
    Oct 29, 2021 – 00:18:37
  • BREAKDOWN: 14 Takes on Shiba Inu Coin
    Oct 28, 2021 – 00:20:02
  • BREAKDOWN: CFTC Acting Chair – ‘Nearly 60%’ of Cryptos Are Commodities
    Oct 27, 2021 – 00:12:25
  • BREAKDOWN: Has the SEC Won the Battle to Regulate Stablecoins?
    Oct 26, 2021 – 00:17:24
  • BREAKDOWN: Why One Crypto Company Is Suing the SEC
    Oct 25, 2021 – 00:14:37
  • SOB: Why Is the IMF Afraid of Cryptoization?
    Oct 24, 2021 – 00:30:41
  • BREAKDOWN: The US Government Sold a Wu-Tang Album to a DAO for $4M
    Oct 24, 2021 – 00:12:18
  • BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Wraps the First Week of the ETF Era
    Oct 23, 2021 – 00:10:38
Recent Reviews
  • Dvangsta
    Crypto news when you need it. A good variety of crypto news from around the world that is inclusive to crypto. Great listen for the updates on the ups and downs, significant, and trivial crypto world.
  • Mia lives to run
    Legit info
    Keeps me updated that mainstream news doesn’t and helps me understand much more in the crypto world
  • MIflyer
    Very cool!
    Excellent digest of relevant news.
  • Awrtvknjjhh
    Incredibly educational
    Plain and simple, my favorite podcast that’s helping me enter the wide world of crypto
  • Samlinsf
    I do not miss an episode
    Extremely well informed and digestible (appreciate that most daily episodes are ~ 15 mins).
  • Julie6498
    One of the best economics oriented podcasts
    This podcast is certainly focused on the crypto markets but NLW takes a much more holistic look at macro economics and the World events that are moving both crypto and traditional markets. This is not somebody who is pumping coins or telling you how to get rich but instead, gives a very high level market and sites that I think very well balance the perspective one hears from Bloomberg for instance.It sounds like he has a traditional Wall Street educational background but is also extremely deep into crypto markets and that is a very powerful combination. On top of that he is extremely articulate and concise and easy to listen to. (and I believe he recently had a baby and yet I have seen no reduction in the quality or frequency of this podcast which is amazing!).
  • Rip Taynus
    Huge fan. Less Acronyms please.
    As I continue to push and learn more, I’ve found that coming into this podcast as a somewhat of a noob that the acronyms were quite abundant and I’ve had to do a lot of research to figure out what the heck was being discussed. So perhaps just less acronyms.
  • SamP2020
    Great podcast, just keep Elon noise at bay
    I really enjoy listening to this podcast. Author seems pretty knowledgeable and covers topics with great details. Just an advise to keep noise away and focus on fundamentals and quality content, or that will ruin the show. Most listeners want to hear what changes are coming in the pipeline for big players in this industry, and what their CEOs or developers have to say, and how that will revolutionize world as we know it. It’s important to keep nonsense noise low, especially from folks who claim to know the industry but actually do not know it, and manipulate market for their own advantage!! The more attention they get, the more authentic they look!
  • Samtothemusic
    Good but
    I liked the show but you didn’t cover the argument I made on Twitter on the energy council so I’m docking you 2 stars for the audacity, and because I think you’re wearing bitcoin goggles, but I get that it’s very politically/ideologically important to many. For bitcoin to become the global asset/currency you want it to be, it needs to grow exponentially from here. That means the energy use also has to increase exponentially sans some incredible breakthrough (not counting strike, limited adoption, and does nothing to improve the layer one itself). The energy use is already way too much, and it’s only going to go up. Whether we’ve got grass fed green bitcoin or not is irrelevant in my eyes. It’s taking that green energy away from the rest of the still-polluting economy, and crowding out renewable energy use in other sectors, slowing down the transition, which ruins everything down the road. This might be justifiable if it was just bitcoin vs fiats, but lbh that’s a super low bar, practically a straw man. It’s bitcoin vs the multitude of faster, more energy efficient, more secure gen 2 and 3 cryptos that exist today, and bitcoin just loses that on everything except for network effect. You don’t need to consume all of Holland’s electricity or more to run a scaled, secure distributed ledger, that’s been proven. This council is not only centralized garbo greed frogs, but their press statement to eventually green bitcoin (what I call cynical virtue signaling by people who deep down probably don’t even believe in climate change) is irrelevant! Fiat is a wheel, bitcoin is a horse, and the good gen 3 cryptos are sports cars. For a society to continue relying on the horse in the car age would have not only been folly, but irresponsibly dangerous, and the same principle applies here. But I like the show. You should have some non-bitcoin crypto people on so you can debate, because they would make arguments a maxi wouldn’t consider, you would get activated, and I’m sure you’d have many insightful points to add. Conversations, not echo chambers, that’s the way.
  • Attacbot
    Great work!
    Here is an honest critique. I have listened to probably 20 episodes so far and I am usually listening to more long-form stuff like Peter Mcormack’s What Bitcoin Did, but this is becoming more of a better go-to for a quick update. NLW (and team) do a great job covering recent events and staying above the fray!! Really great coverage of this week’s market crash, knowing how much leverage was liquidated and how much whales moved onto exchanges. Keep this coming!! My last comment is the *very cheesy* sign-off “stay safe and take care of each other, peace!” What are we in high school/living in anarchy? You could do better with simply “thanks for listening and have a great evening!” - this would be much more professional. I will keep listening but I hope to hear your sign off change. Peace!! XD
  • drew212f
    Wish you would stay balanced
    I agree Elon using his influence..but what about Barry who invested in Coinbase? Not irresponsible or manipulative tweeting ?
  • phillyphresh19
    Cant miss daily podcast
    I discovered this podcast about a week ago and always get excited for the new ones to come out. This really is a great source of information that does not feel biased in anyway and I feel like it gives me all the information to stay up to date. I can’t wait for the daily episode and have built it into my schedule
  • 95070b
    Eventually, we all work our way to that regular podcast for which we cannot wait to hear awesome takes in the crypto sphere. Nathaniel’s work is definitely that one for me. Regular, quick updates, awesome insights, and unquestionably the best intro music in the industry:) Keep up the great work, NLW!!
  • Dragon Slayer771
    Great daily podcast
    I listen almost daily and even a novice like myself can pull stuff from it.
  • Dmkanter
    Great reads and opinions
    Love the articles read on this podcast. Thought provoking.
  • Nick Cormier
    Incorrect WSB information
    The information included in the 3/1/2021 episode regarding WSB mods is false and the affiliated individuals noted are NOT affiliated with the subreddit or the movement in general, including the Twitter account mentioned. Really was enjoying this show the past few weeks, then heard that today and realized maybe the information here is also information with an agenda. Sad. Edit: May 1st 2021 disinformation by neglecting to mention Cardano (ADA) as a potential ETH killer because your boss is at odds with the founder. Pathetic journalism at its weakest
  • trevsny
    Trusted source for crypto news
    Great research. It’s my go-to source for staying up-to-date on crypto/macro news. I never miss a pod. Keep it up NLW!
  • Daymon's house
    Clear & terrific
    I love this podcast and I’m an idiot on matters of tech, math & finance. NLW does not talk down. My only beef is his d-chey ironic/unironic “peace!” sign off.
  • Mrs. Calabrese
    Lately I’ve been quoting this podcast to my husband… me: “NLW says…” my husband: “NLW?” LOL! I love this podcast and love the information, great analysis and interesting opinions offered. Great job, NLW! You’re becoming a known name here in our home.
  • Dave-Franklin, IN
    Why the hate on Doge? “Dogecoin-The Emperor of all Sh**coins” Really? It changed my whole perception of you. Very disappointing. Not necessary to belittle those of us that have Doge in our portfolios. Unsubscribing.
  • csfalk
    Second to None
    NLW breaks down topics in a logical, fact-driven way that’s also easy to understand and puts perspective on the industry as a whole. Highly recommend
  • omasterrrrr
    Great podcast
    Insightful, relevant, fun.
  • jv@88
    Best podcast
    NLW’s content is up to date, concise and informative. I never miss a single day. Thank you for the detailed perspective.
  • B_Fischer_CPA
    Relevant, insightful, fair
    I really enjoy listening to this podcast. NLW does a spectacular job of placing crypto news in the bigger picture of the economic and regulatory environments. He also discusses the biggest stories in finance and the economy in general.
  • Janulla80
    A university lecture nearly every episode
    Having no former knowledge in crypto assets this podcast has brought me further along than I may have ever, by picking up current literature and trying to catch up. The best part, political bias does seem to be muted and that is a huge plus for me. Update 2/18/2020 Everything I’ve written previous still stands. This is the most informative podcast for Neewbs such as myself and possibly even for seasoned veterans in this space too. I just haven’t seen any other source put things into perspective as well. The best part is I never notice a bias either way. The politics are other hot button issues are always discussed solely in terms of long term macro possibilities. Never do I feel I must be in a side or in a camp to listen and learn. Thanks NLW! Update 3/27/2021 Still stand by all above. Also thanks to NLW just learned just learned that options expiration has an effect on short term pricing of the underlying. Guess I’ll have to learn how to track open interest volume for various strike pricing. Keep up the great work to NLW and the others on the CoinDesk platform too. 04/01/2021 This episode was super informative in regards to Archegos forced liquidation. The most important points: Beware leverage Beware dealing won’t criminals BTC and Cryptos are the solution not the problem.
  • golfie abc 144
    Best podcast out there
    NLW is the best. I listen every day.
  • mtchl85
    Best crypto podcast hands-down
    Best crypto podcast hands-down
  • lukajane
    Love it!
    A great way to catch up on the latest btc news w/o a bunch of fluff. Intelligent, insightful & succinct. Love the way he throws in some comments that make me lol. His voice (and cadence) is much more palatable than the host of a similar podcast, IMO.
  • vivelasteve
    Awesome podcast. I listen every day and I’ve learned so much about crypto. NLW, glad to hear you’re enjoying the Hudson Valley, my neck of the woods as well.
  • chgopapi1
    Great Podcast. Info is always up to date..
    Great Podcast. Info is always up to date. Informative especially when it comes to Cryto’s.
  • JErzZzZzZ
    My favorite podcast
    This is such a Gem. So well put together, amazing quality, and you will learn so much about bitcoin, crypto and the culture surrounding these things! Not to mention the intro music which make me feel like I’m listening to the news in the year 3000 in my flying car😎 NLW is the man‼️
  • JDfromDC
    Great show no doubt
    I really enjoy this show. I’ve learned a lot about macro economics, the way the world financial system works, and bitcoin. I recommend it!
  • cryptokush
    Quality podcast
    A real quality
  • doogiepsu
    Another level
    Eye opening knowledge dropped on each podcast. The world is changing very quickly, the discussions bring this to light every day. Thankful to have found this podcast
  • vinnylindy
    This podcast is my favorite. It has informed my actions and convictions around BTC. I actually learned the term FUD and now know why MLW and his guests say it so much. Thank you for a great show, for the weekend long reads, and timely topics. The best!
  • FisheyJay
    Timely and insightful
    Always timely, well thought out and much appreciated. Thank you for this terrific podcast.
  • Rsslove
    NLW FTW (for the win)
    The Breakdown episodes with NLW are my everyday go-to podcasts for crypto news. He has an open and thorough style of journalism. Some of the content (like Sunday long-read) are timeless and can be used for reference over
  • A.B. #12
    Love This Show But....
    “Jerrit Cole” instead of Gerrit Cole? This was a hard cringe for me as a baseball fan haha. (Episode from Sunday, February 7, 2021)
  • Vooja
    Every episode is a worthwhile listen ...
    Seven days a week. I appreciate NLW’s ability to explore the motives of the players driving the day’s events.
  • Pootrain13golfpro
    Quick review
    Love it all! Wish episodes were even longer so I could learn more!
  • Agnus Jug
    This is a must listen delivered by a terrific host. Thanks for doing this!
  • mygirl737
    Kyle Bass Interview - Wow!
    Great interview - eye opening
  • bezaar12
    Alibaba episode
    The Alibaba episode was the best episode in a long list of good episodes
  • Chucstone
    Interested in bitcoin?
    This is the podcast to learn and keep up with relevant topics. Concise, researched, balanced and well reasoned. I look forward to it every day.
  • jrfehringer
    High quality
    I don’t know how NLW can put out a daily show with such a high level of content and interviews, but he does and I benefit from every episode. Hard to believe this is free.
  • Mr-summers
    Most well rounded podcast!
    This is easily the most well rounded podcast I listen to. I subscribed to get the latest news on what is happening in crypto, but was glad to find NLW actually covers Macro events surrounding crypto. Listening to these podcasts has opened my eyes to what is possible with crypto and more importantly how our current system works.
  • Dutchladle
    Out of Whole Cloth
    I listen to NLW every day without fail. He is so widely read and so widely educated that he is unsurpassed in his ability to see this new world of bitcoin in the proper historical, cultural, micro- and macro-economical context.
  • jordanjayapple
    Episode 392 guest
    The guest in episode 392 is very brash. He doesn’t attempt to connect with what the host says before responding. Instead he says things like no that’s not right or not even that but... etc. First episode I’ve heard so five stars because I’m assuming he was just a guest that doesn’t know how to have polite and easy listening conversation. Content was excellent.
  • WoollyBluecurl
    NLW is the voice of his generation
    NLW, thank you so much for the work that you do and how you do it and deliver it. Your podcast is producing exceptionally valuable content and I wouldn't be suprised if people listened to your episodes 10-50 years from now to compare how far we have come. For years I have been listening to and been disappointed by the economic discourse around me. Then I found your podcast, Coindesk and others and finally I feel like I am finally breathing fresh air. Particularly I enjoy the bam, bam, bam episodes with the quick and dirty, interspersed with the deep dives long format interviews. I listen to your podcast every day. Your selection of people to interview is curated extremely well, highly encouraged by your selections. Thank you NLW. Keep going!
  • amdbdbkendb
    I’ve learned so much in the last couple months from this show
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