The formation of a new political party is not the work of a summer's afternoon. It's a long, gruelling exercise in salesmanship and self-preservation, in trying to carve out a place where there isn't one, in doggedly punching up. This great little Aussie podcast transports us directly into that process, following a brand new party, Flux, through its first ever election campaign. The brainchild of two very smart young men, Flux aims to revolutionise our democracy through technology (you can read more about how they propose to do that here), but behind the slick website are real people going through the most intense experience of their lives. In short (10-minute) episodes, producer Zena Kells sketches out the stakes and draws us effortlessly into the intimate world of the party's founders. One to watch.
Gateway episodes: #1. The Making of a Political Party Called Flux (12 May 2016)