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.

The Unthinkable Olive Branch

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When a brutal dictatorship collapses, there’s a big problem: everyone who knows how to run the government is someone who worked for the brutal dictator. It’s a battle of pragmatism vs. justice. Should Nazi civil servants be allowed to keep their jobs? Do we need Saddam Hussein’s handpicked henchmen, experts, and cronies to keep the electricity on? We’ll speak to Ambassador Paul Bremer, who effectively ran Iraq from Saddam’s palace from 2003-2004. And we’ll talk to a torture victim who extended an unthinkable olive branch to those who ordered his torture.




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

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