Behind Bernie vs. Hillary in Brooklyn's Navy Yard

  • Bernie Sanders’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, is surrounded by news media at the Democratic Presidential Debate in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, April 14, 2016. 
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attends the Democratic Presidential Debate in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, April 14, 2016. 
  • Young volunteers in the Spin Room at the Democratic Presidential Debate in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016. 
  • Bernie Sanders thrusts his fist into the air at the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York, April 14, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders go head to head at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016.
  • Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are seen sparring on televisions in the reporters’ filing room at the CNN Debate in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders go head to head at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton (not pictured) and Bernie Sanders go head to head at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the start of the Democratic Presidential Debate, held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, April 14, 2016. 
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio listens to the national anthem at the CNN Debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders shake hands at the start of the Democratic Presidential Debate in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton arrives onstage at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Democratic Presidential Debate, April 14, 2016. 
  • A hidden earpiece hangs from the back of a chair at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz speaks to reporters at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • Reporters listen to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • A grilled cheese is shared at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon speaks to reporters at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • Debate staff carry name placards for surrogates at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • Reporters take their places in the filing room at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • NYPD Counterterrorism officers inspect the scene at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • NYPD Counterterrorism officers gather at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • The scene at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • A Hillary Clinton supporter gathers strewn signs outside Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • Jeff Zucker, current president of CNN Worldwide, approaches Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • Bernie Sanders supporters approach Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • A view from the scene at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton may be meeting for their final head-to-head debate tonight in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, ahead of a heated primary for delegates in New York state, where Sanders is trying to overcome the odds to beat Clinton. The debate, hosted by CNN, promises to be as intriguing and explosive as any Democratic presidential debate could be.

Redux’s Mark Peterson takes you behind the scenes to see how this debate looks behind CNN’s stage and scaffolding. An earpiece dangles from the back of a chair, counterterrorism officers sweep the terrain and so on — nothing can hide from Peterson’s lens, not even a grilled cheese.

These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theater” which examines the landscape of the American political system.

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