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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


49:33 | May 1st, 2019

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? Th...Show More
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mm recommended:

This was a terrific episode on election rigging from poisoning people to bussing in homeless people to being faux "transparent" with mobile ...Show More

1:01:06 | Aug 1st, 2019

Why do dictators and despots create outlandish myths about themselves? In this episode, we examine some of the weirdest and most brutal dictators on the planet to understand the three step playbook fo...Show More
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Come for the wacky stories of dictators saying they’ve accomplished bizarrely grandiose things, but stay for the really smart discussion of ...Show More

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52:18 | Jul 18th, 2019

How did 2 guys you've never heard of save the world from nuclear apocalypse? Can nuclear weapons be hacked? What's the most consequential honeymoon in human history? Why was a British nuclear weapon d...Show More
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Can nuclear weapons get hacked? Wacky nuclear bombing experiments. Also super interesting fact about carbon-14 dating to detect art forgery ...Show More

53:25 | May 16th, 2019

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 ...Show More
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The first part of this episode about about the homeless man's corpse that was a prop in a disinformation campaign targeted to Hitler's troup...Show More

49:38 | Mar 5th

Christopher Blair has been called the Godfather of Fake News. He's an American troll. And whether you realized it or not, you've probably unknowingly read a fake news article that he's written. So we ...Show More
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danny recommended:

They went with a different style for the episode. It was a great interview with 'the godfather of fake news'

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