Power Corrupts

Brian Klaas

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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 ...Show More
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How to Rig an Election

49:33 | May 1st

How do you rig an election—and get away with it? Why did a cult try to poison an entire county to win a local election? And what about using disappearing ink, or threatening arson, or name doubles? This episode shows how the amateurs rig elections — ...Show More
Witnessing 283 Executions

51:01 | Jun 20th

What's something that you do every 2 weeks? For Michelle Lyons, over a span of 12 years, she watched someone get executed every two weeks in Texas. What are inmates like on their last day alive? Did she have misgivings watching people take their last...Show More
Assassinations

57:26 | Jun 13th

Why did the CIA try to kill an African political leader with poisoned toothpaste? Was a recent attempt to blow up Venezuela's dictator with a small consumer drone a genuine attack, or just a pretext to crack down on his political opponents? And which...Show More
International Arms Trade

58:09 | Jun 6th

Why did the war in Afghanistan hinge on the ability of a teenager to help buy 100 million bullets for the US military? What are international arms dealers actually like? Is the US facilitating war crimes in Yemen while simultaneously transferring wea...Show More
Smuggling

58:44 | May 30th

What's the best way to smuggle a crocodile onto an airplane? What is the journey actually like for migrants getting smuggled from Afghanistan to Australia? Why is the European Union paying migrant smugglers in Niger to open bakeries? Will Trump's pro...Show More
Ransom

51:52 | May 23rd

What's it like to be held by Somali pirates for 977 days? Or to meet your Dad for the first time after he's been held in a basement in Beirut for nearly 7 years? Are you more likely to be killed as a hostage if you're American than if you're French? ...Show More
Disinformation and Deep Fakes

53:25 | May 16th

Disinformation is a powerful weapon. It forces your enemy to inflict damage upon themselves based upon lies that you've deliberately spread. How did a homeless man's corpse help win World War II? How does reality television function in Russia, given ...Show More
Voodoo, Vampires, and General Butt Naked

59:22 | May 9th

Why did a West African rebel leader send his troops into battle completely naked, protected only by talismans? How did threats of voodoo and invisible zombies stave off a US invasion of Haiti? And why was a journalist nearly killed when local village...Show More
Narcopolitics

58:31 | May 1st

How have drugs been used in warfare? Why does the cocaine in London nightclubs pass through a dictatorship in West Africa?Why did British soldiers get high on hallucinogens and try to talk to birds? How does heroin bought in the West create a market ...Show More
Conspiracy Theories

54:45 | May 1st

Why do some people believe unhinged conspiracy theories? How are they affecting our politics? How did insane theories—like QAnon—convert millions of people? Did John Kerry split a hurricane in half with a laser beam from Antarctica? What's really lur...Show More
Power Corrupts: Launching May 2

02:23 | Mar 24th

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 ...Show More