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hide caption In 2013, Jackson Palmer started paying close attention to cryptocurrencies — bitcoin, and everything that came after. Things seemed a little bubbly.

Also big back in 2013: Doge, an Internet meme that featured an adorable dog and strange syntax. Jackson sent off a random tweet about “Dogecoin” — just a throwaway joke.

But one thing led to another, and Dogecoin became a real thing. Jackson tried to keep Dogecoin light and fun — it was for learning about cryptocurrency, and giving money to charity.

On today’s show, Jackson tells us the story of Dogecoin — a joke that is now worth $1.4 billion. Music by Drop Electric.

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