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Power Corrupts

Brian 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. Join our exclusive Patreon community for uncut interviews, episodes early and much more:


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 2.8k ratings
  • Interesting topics, but too politically slanted

    I have enjoyed your show when you avoid politics. The problem is, you criticize Donald Trump way too often. For example, the most recent episode I played about smuggling, you and your guest speaker mentioned border walls would have ZERO impact on drug smuggling and Trump was wasting billions of dollars on border walls would not stop drug smuggling. (I am mildly paraphrasing.) To suggest there are zero human beings crossing the open borders with drugs is not only misleading, but it’s wrong. more

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    United States5 months ago
  • Interesting stories.

    I was hooked from episode one and no ads 👍🏾👍🏾🔥🔥

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    Mohamed Saine
    United States7 months ago
  • I wish more people were aware of this podcast

    I found this podcast series yesterday by accident and it’s fascinating. Its content is so important to the current state of politics and strife worldwide. Dr Klaas’s books are now on my reading list

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    United Kingdom10 months ago
  • Addictive!

    Just listened to my first POWER CORRUPTS podcast: The Billion Dollar Shack. Dr Brian Klaas tells a FANTASTIC story. Gobsmackingly unbelievable, I lay in bed listening at four in the morning with my mouth open. Heartbreaking one moment and funny the next. This one story is a microcosm of all that is wrong with humanity. Highly recommended!

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    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Binged all 3 Seasons!

    Absolute must listen! Well done and researched podcast. Episodes still valid and informative, even when you start in Season 3 first. Well worth your time.

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    Germanya year ago

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