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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When revolutions happen, everything changes. In this episode, we’ll look at why one revolution was launched when a rebel leader in southeast Asia started climbing trees; how Teddy Roosevelt’s son led a CIA-backed coup in 1953 that contributed to the Iranian revolution; and why one East German guard had a bad day — and forever changed history as a result.




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


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