You’ve probably heard about blood diamonds, but what about blood chocolate? Why do so many resource-rich countries end up poor, war-torn, and ruled by dictators? Where does cocoa come from? Where does the metal that makes the microchips in your computer and phone come from? And where does 90% of the world’s vanilla come from? In this episode, we tackle these questions, as we travel from the lush hills of Madagascar to the gas-rich hinterlands of Papua New Guinea. We speak to journalists, political scientists, and other experts who explain why some resources come with a curse — sparking conflict, poverty, and strife. And, you won’t believe how some commodities — from watermelons to camels to wheat — have been used to fuel violence and terrorism across the globe.

Don’t miss it, on Episode 12, of Power Corrupts.