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On our inaugural broadcast of KCRW's Press Play, Madeleine Brand talks with politicians, musicians, TV personalities and all sorts of people about significant "firsts" of their careers. Plus, we find out why so much is at stake in an education lawsuit that goes to LA Superior Court today. Also, Jason Bentley recaps the highs and lows of last night's Grammy Awards.

Banner Image: Pharrell Williams accepts the award for record of the year for Daft Punk for "Get Lucky" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Feedback 2 MIN, 53 SEC

Press Play producer Jolie Myers takes a look at listener feedback from Press Play's social media accounts and beyond. Follow us at @KCRWPressPlay and on Facebook at Facebook.com/KCRWPressPlay!

First Steps 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Since this is the very first “Press Play” show, we wanted to talk to people about the first time they did something significant in their life or careers. We hear from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, musicians Carrie Brownstein and John Doe, and Project Runway host Tim Gunn.

Ira Glass's First Time 8 MIN, 46 SEC

Public radio hero Ira Glass wasn’t always such a public radio hero. In fact, he says, looking back, he wouldn’t even have hired himself as an intern. He plays for us the first public radio story he ever produced.

Guests:
Ira Glass, Host, This American Life (@thisamerlife)

Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders Sue the Team 9 MIN, 16 SEC

The Oakland Raiders cheerleaders - known as the Raiderettes - are suing their team. They say they’re not getting paid on time and sometimes not getting paid for the hours they work. We’ll hear from one of the Raiderettes and her lawyer.

Guests:
Lacy T, Oakland Raiders cheerleader
Leslie Levy, Lawyer

Education Lawsuit: Vergara vs. California 5 MIN, 47 SEC

Critics of California’s laws regarding teacher retention will get their day in court this morning. The plaintiffs in Vegara vs California say rules that protect teachers are keeping some kids from the education they deserve.

Guests:
Hillel Aron, LA Weekly (@hillelaron)

Grammys 10 MIN, 12 SEC

The recording industry celebrated a year in music at the Grammy Awards last night. We turn to our own KCRW Grammy insider, Jason Bentley to talk about who won, who lost, and what it says about the state of the industry.

Guests:
Jason Bentley, Host, 'Morning Becomes Eclectic;' KCRW Music Director (@jason_bentley)

Politics with Matt Miller 6 MIN, 59 SEC

KCRW host Matt Miller joins Madeleine for the first of a weekly series featuring Matt’s unique take on the political landscape. Today he previews President Obama’s State of the Union address and what Obama can learn from failed presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Guests:
Matt Miller, Co-host, 'Left, Right & Center' (@mattmillernow)

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