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Power Corrupts

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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.

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Children of Monsters
To end our first season we look at Nepotism. 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? We’ll answer those questions across the globe from Equatorial Guinea to Uzbekistan and from Libya to the United States.    Thank you to all who have listened to Series 1 of the podcast. Series 2 arrives January 2020.   ----   Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.  
The Anatomy of Evil
What makes ordinary people commit extraordinarily violent acts? Is it their brain chemistry? Social pressure? Or a charismatic leader telling them it's their patriotic duty? 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.       ----   Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.
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; a heist carried out by a dictator who pledged to rule for a billion years (and was obsessed with mayonnaise); and a jewel heist that destroyed diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Thailand for a generation.      ----   Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.
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Podcast Details
Started
Mar 24th, 2019
Latest Episode
Aug 15th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
20
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No

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