While mainstream media outlets’ cameras were pointed on Wednesday at the debate stage at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar focused instead on scenes and stories that would otherwise be overlooked in the hype surrounding Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

From the Culinary Workers Union members clamoring for Trump’s attention — and lining the perimeter of the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas with taco trucks — to Green Party supporters making a showing for the Jill Stein-Ajamu Baraka ticket, to UNLV students mulling over their choice of candidates, Kolhatkar captured sides of Las Vegas that Americans didn’t see as they tuned in to Wednesday’s big-tent show.

Catch all their stories, and Kolhatkar’s ace reporting, in the video clip below:

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

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