23 episodes

Does power corrupt? Absolutely. This is the podcast about the hidden—and often nefarious—forces that shape our world. Election rigging. Smuggling. Narcopolitics. Ransom. Conspiracy Theories. North Korean bank heists. Cults. Drug Lords. Voodoo. Money laundering. Assassinations. Unhinged conspiracy theories. Unbelievable stories. Stitched together with the help of world-leading experts. Created and narrated by Dr. Brian Klaas, a political scientist and columnist for The Washington Post.

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Does power corrupt? Absolutely. This is the podcast about the hidden—and often nefarious—forces that shape our world. Election rigging. Smuggling. Narcopolitics. Ransom. Conspiracy Theories. North Korean bank heists. Cults. Drug Lords. Voodoo. Money laundering. Assassinations. Unhinged conspiracy theories. Unbelievable stories. Stitched together with the help of world-leading experts. Created and narrated by Dr. Brian Klaas, a political scientist and columnist for The Washington Post.

    Guns for Hire

    Guns for Hire

    Mercenaries are sometimes described as "the world's second oldest profession." But how do they operate today? Can mercenary armies topple dictatorships? Should we pay ex-special forces soldiers to do our dirty work? We'll answer those questions as we speak to Simon Mann, a founding member of Executive Outcomes and a mercenary mastermind of the botched Wonga Coup plot.

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    Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.

    • 51 min
    The Dark Art of Propaganda

    The Dark Art of Propaganda

    Propaganda has been around for thousands of years. But what separates the pros from the amateur propagandists? Why are North Korean radios made without dials? Who is Sister Potato? Why did American soldiers fight—and die—to steal phone books and undelivered mail for a propaganda radio station? And how does Iran shut down the internet?
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    Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.

    • 59 min
    Power Corrupts Season 2: Coming February 6th 2020

    Power Corrupts Season 2: Coming February 6th 2020

    Come explore the dark side of power as we travel across the globe meeting the often unsavory characters who inhabit the hidden world of mercenaries, propaganda, biological weapons, information warfare and trolls, dirty money, psychopaths, corruption, dictators, and revolutions. Hosted by Dr. Brian Klaas, political scientist at University College London and weekly columnist for The Washington Post.

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    The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.

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    Children of Monsters

    Children of Monsters

    What’s it like to be the son or daughter of a dictator? Why did one dictator’s son go from a high-flying life playing football in Italy to being shorn like a sheep in the hands of rebels? Why did the cannibal emperor of Bangui murder a woman who claimed to be his long-lost daughter? And in the cutthroat world of politics, is nepotism necessary to survive? Series 2 out February 6th 2020.

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    Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George Mc

    • 57 min
    The Anatomy of Evil

    The Anatomy of Evil

    In this episode, we explore the morality of a scientist who gave life to billions--but also facilitated the murder of millions; a psychiatrist who studied the brains of Nazi war criminals; a Rwandan who lost most of her family in the 1994 genocide; and hear from two experts on how authoritarian leaders can convince seemingly kind people to murder their neighbors.

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    Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Greatest Heists You’ve Never Heard Of

    The Greatest Heists You’ve Never Heard Of

    When you think of heists, you probably think of masked men, bank robbers, and priceless art. But governments carry out heists, too. In this episode, we explore a billion dollar bank heist carried out by North Korean hackers; one carried out by a dictator who pledged to rule for a billion years; and a jewel heist that destroyed diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

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    Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

solange rennie ,

Wow!

THANK U THANK U THANKU

Redrose222 ,

Just skipped over some key facts...

Really? A whole episode about election rigging, and the only part you mention for American elections is gerrymandering and how Republicans are the only ones doing it? Nothing about illegal immigrants voting? Nothing about Google manipulating algorithms to suppress pro-conservative content? Nothing about Facebook and twitter’s censorship of conservatives? Nothing about control of the media? Nothing about what Democrats are doing to rig elections?

Geiendifnsllkkbdv ,

Leave your politics out!

Just the facts, please.

At least go one episode without mentioning trump. My God, man! You’re obsessed!

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