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 Meet Nic, your new host for Breakfast each weekday morning.

He's spent the last 20 years reporting on technology and videogames, but that's all behind him now as he takes over the brekky reins.

You might know him already from his regular segments on a Thursday morning called I Can't Believe It's (Not) News. Or maybe you've heard him presenting Sunday Breakfast on 2SER for the past year.

Or maybe he's brand new to you -- don't worry, you'll get to know him. You can find him on Twitter (@dr_nic) or follow him on Facebook if you're after a dash of snark and a lot of photos of his cat (https://www.facebook.com/nic.healey).

In the meantime, you can hear him each morning from 6am as he quietly (or not so quietly) adjusts to the early morning starts.

Tune into 2SER Breakfast, from 6am, Monday-Friday on 107.3 FM for the latest news, diverse, local stories that you won't get anywhere else.

All our previous stories can be found below. Also check out our regular segments:

Have a question or request? Email breakfast at 2ser dot com

Want to contact us during the show? Text 0437 034 663 or call 02 9514 9500 or tweet us @2ser

Newest Nation requires Aid Assistance

The world's youngest independent nation South Sudan is suffering a "man-made famine", with almost five million people needing food urgently. The political climate and access to infrastructure is impacting on the capacity of aid workers and NGOs to provide assistance. Nic chats with Oxfam's Ben Murphy to find out more about the situation. To help, visit the Oxfam site.

Produced by Hyo-Jin Shim.

Are we ready for a bikeshare scheme in Sydney?

Chinese start-up "Bluegogo" recently approached the City of Sydney with a proposal to establish a bikeshare scheme in the CBD, offering to set up hundreds of bicycles for commuters and tourists to rent for about a dollar a ride. These programs have been hugely successful in cities like London, Paris, Beijing and even Melbourne - but is Sydney ready for bikeshare? David Borella, President of the not-for-profit cycling advocacy group BIKESydney thinks bikeshare is inevitable for Sydney, but we need more cycling infrastructure, changes to helmet laws and reductions to cycling infringement fines.

Produced by Jack Schmidt.

Asylum seekers are driving a rise in pro bono legal work

Work being done pro bono (free of charge for the public good) by Australian lawyers has risen significantly in recent years, with most of it undertaken to support asylum seekers and refugees. Nic chatted to John Corker, CEO of the Australian Pro Bono Centre to find out more about these cases and who is taking them on. Whilst pro bono legal work is a vital service, it's no substitute for publicly-funded community legal services, which must be preserved, argues Corker.

The 3rd Irish Film Festival hits Sydney

The third annual Irish Film Festival kicks off this Thursday at the Chauvel Cinema and is set to showcase the latest releases direct from Ireland - "the people, the culture, the songs, the stories and everything in between". Nic got the rundown from festival director - and award-winning filmmaker - Dr Enda Murray, who's crafted a run of films and documentaries that he feels tells the real story of contemporary Ireland.

Divorce and The Rights of the Child

Divorce can be traumatic and messy, especially when children are involved. The High Court recently determined that two boys, aged 15 and 17 years old, could not choose to live with their father overseas. So what rights do children have when it comes to living arrangements? What do courts look at when they talk about the best interests of the child? Nic speaks with Family Law specialist Cassandra Pullos for some judicial insight.

Produced by Daniel Sleiman.

Weekend Warrior with Anthony Dockrill

What do weiners, penalty rate cuts, AFL and polls have in common? Not much, except the interest of 2SER's Weekend Warrior, Anthony Dockrill. The amazing performance by the Adelaide Crows stole the weekend news with their amazing win. In true Warrior fashion, Anthony looks at Turnbull's failed economic policies. What do these cuts have to do with the recent political polls favouring Labour? What are the social costs involved? And lastly Anthony Weiner is back in the spotlight, with his marriage looking optimistic.

My Pet Dinosaur with Matt Drummond

Have you ever wanted a Pet Dinosaur? Emmy award winning Director Matt Drummond explores what happens when you do have one in his new movie My Pet Dinosaur, due for release April 22nd. Buzz around the film has been comparing it to both ET - yes, that ET - and the works of Pixar. Matt spoke to Breakfast about the film and how he accidentally ended up as "The Dinosaur Guy".

New Music for the Week!

Music Director Andrew Khedoori serves up the freshest music that 2SER is lovin! We have Australian artist Kelly Dance with her new album Wild Grass, Cuban Jazz from the album Cubafonia by Dayme Arocena, and the latest from Jarvis Cocker album Room 29. For more reviews, head to SERvin Up New Music.

Can The Great Barrier Reef Recover from Coral Bleaching?

One of the most beautiful of Australia's natural wonders is under threat. The Great Barrier Reef is not only wonderous but a world heritage. Rising temperatures have caused coral bleaching for an unprecedented second year in a row and One Tree Island in the Southern Great Barrier Reef is the latest to be hit. So what is coral bleaching and what is the government doing about it?  Nic talks coral politics and climate change with Professor of Marine Ecology at UTS David Booth.

Produced by Daniel Sleiman.

Reborn Baby Dolls

Across Sydney, people are paying thousands of dollars for exceptionally realistic reborn baby dolls. Cathy Brady, Sydney-based Reborn Baby Doll Artist, joined us this morning to discuss the benefits of and misconceptions associated with these dolls and their collectors. 

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