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Today on Press Play, we learn more about the soldier who President Obama introduced to the nation last night during the State of the Union Address. We also get a Silicon Valley insider’s take on the president’s speech. Plus, how toast became the latest culinary trend. We also meet the filmmakers behind an Oscar-nominated documentary about the Egyptian revolution, and we debate whether L.A. is actually a model city for sustainability.

Banner Image: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) applauds U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg (C), injured while serving in Afghanistan, during President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

State of the Union: The Soldier Who Stole the Show 10 MIN, 53 SEC

The most memorable moment of President Obama’s State of the Union Address was when he introduced Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg to the country. The 30-year-old Army Ranger was nearly killed in a roadside bomb during one of his 10 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. We hear about Remsburg’s life and how it intersected with the president’s several times.

Jackie Calmes, New York Times (@calmesnyt)

State of the Union: Tech Sector Reaction 6 MIN, 52 SEC

Silicon Valley is a new big player in politics, so you know tech companies were listening closely to President Obama’s speech last night. We hear from someone who represents that industry to find out where he thinks the country - and the tech industry - is headed.

Joe Green, FWD.us (@joekgreen)

The Great Toast Renaissance 7 MIN

First came the cupcake craze. Then came pickles. Now it’s apparently time for toast to take center stage as the latest artisanal trend. Yup. Toast. We’ll hear from a reporter who delved headlong into the world of toast and we’ll talk to an LA restaurateur who specializes in it.

John Gravois, Pacific-Standard magazine (@johngravois)
Jessica Koslow, Sqirl Kitchen

The Square 13 MIN, 44 SEC

When masses of Egyptians began protesting in 2011, documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim grabbed a small camera, got on a plane and headed to Tahrir Square. Just a couple years later - while the story was still unfolding - she’s released The Square - which is nominated for the best documentary Oscar. We talk to Noujaim and her producer about the ongoing story of Egypt’s revolution.

Jehane Noujaim, documentary filmmaker (@JehaneNoujaim)
Karim Amer, Executive producer, The Square (@Karim_Amer33)

Is LA Now on the Cutting Edge of Sustainability? 8 MIN, 38 SEC

Environmentalist and UCLA sustainability researcher Jon Christensen is impressed with LA’s new commitment to sustainability and sees the city as a model for the rest of the country. Water resources watchdog Emily Green couldn’t disagree more.

Emily T. Green, freelance journalist (@emilytgreen)
Jon Christensen, UCLA / Stamen Design (@the_wrangler)

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