Power Corrupts

Hosted ByBrian Klaas

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.

How to be a Dictator

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If you’re trying to consolidate power as a dictator, what’s the best way to go about it? Is it better to be feared or loved? How do you eliminate your enemies? We’ll speak to Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion who now plots his moves against Vladimir Putin. And we’ll travel to Thailand to speak to a journalist who got kidnapped by a military junta in a surreal attempt to give him Stockholm Syndrome for his dictatorial captors.




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

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