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.


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Pandemics are as old as human civilisation, from the Plague of Athens to mysterious diseases that ravaged armies throughout history. But there’s a lot you probably don’t know about them. Why did “dancing plagues” erupt repeatedly in Medieval Europe as a result of “hot blood”? Why is calling it the “Spanish Flu” an egregious historical injustice? How do mathematical modellers incorporate Italian vs. American culture into their forecasting and predictions? And what did Isaac Newton manage to do while he was “working from home” during the plague pandemic of 1665?




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

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