There’s a reason Power Corrupts was named the Bronze Winner of ‘Smartest Podcast of 2020’ at the British Podcast awards and that’s that it’s really very, very good. You might see ‘smart’ and feel put off, thinking that it will be too highbrow or dense but you’d be wrong. This podcast is smart on many levels. The topics covered range from money laundering to conspiracies to the children of dictators and all are well researched and presented with plenty of input from experts in the relevant field.
But it’s also smart in the sense of narrative running though the episodes coupled with the host, Brian Klaas’s, dry sense of humour. He’s covering some big, heavy and often terrifying subjects but manages to make them accessible and enjoyable to listen to, blending a perfect balance intrigue, genuine passion and tone setting music. Whilst the topics covered are contemporary the show puts them into context with prior events or pulls out ancient stories to add flavour and maybe remind us that people don’t always change as much as we’d like to think.
Brian is more than just another podcast host, he’s actually Dr. Brian assistant professor of global politics at University College London. He knows his stuff and you can be sure it’s thoroughly researched; one nice touch is he credits those who helped research the episode at the end. Due to his position he has access to people and information most of us could only dream of and he makes good use of it. He also seems to have well balanced views that are free from heavy bias and doesn’t paint a strong good guy/bad guy picture of the world.
If you’re looking for a podcast that’s well produced, that covers important topics and that is just a really good listen then I can’t think of many better than Power Corrupts.