Politics is spin, bluster and front - until you lose. In this excellent show from The Huffington Post, we hear from the failed candidates of campaigns past, on both sides of the divide. Reporters Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis have landed some great gets, including left-wing insurgent candidate Howard Dean (2004's Bernie Sanders), Republican 'kook' (her words) Michelle Bachmann, who campaigned for the nomination in 2012, and our personal favourite, filibuster kween Wendy Davis, who did not become Governor of Texas in 2014. Their recollections feel like honest unburdening - touchingly so in this slogan-slinging season - and draw the curtain back on the exhausting efforts of campaigning. They also expose the limits within which the current crop of presidential hopefuls must, by necessity, operate. ('It was a stupid thing to say,' Dean admits, of one ill-judged comment during his campaign, 'although it happened to be true.') Suitable for fair-weather election followers and the incurably wonky alike.
Gateway episodes: Howard Dean On His Presidential Campaign (14 Jan 2016) / Wendy Davis On Her Run For Governor (1 Feb 2016) / Anthony Weiner Relives His Run For Mayor of New York City (28 Mar 2016) / Jesse Jackson On His Two White House Runs (16 May 2016)