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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

RIP cash - but what’s next?

Australia is well on its way to showing cash the door. The Reserve Bank will join other banks in rolling out the New Payment Platform later this year, which will enable instant transactions anytime, and between any bank. This eliminates a major limitation of digital banking, but to find out what else needs to change before we become cashless, and its implications, Nic spoke with Steve Worthington, Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology.

Produced by Erin Watt

What if finding a job was more like online dating?

Snagging that first job after studying is the most stressful part of graduation, but Data61 from the CSIRO are trying to make the process less like a formal interview and more like speed dating. Paul McCarthy from Data61 talks about how at Ribit Fintern Fever events, job seekers and prospective employers use online profiles and data matching to find that perfect (employment) relationship.

Movie reviews with Michael Jones

Each week 2ser's own Michael Jones swings by to help you decide what new movies are worth watching - and what's worth giving a miss. This week, was the "whitewashing" controversy in Ghost in the Shell overblown? And should you take your date to see Oscar-nominated film Land of Mine? Get more film reviews from 2ser's own Celluloid Dreams.

Not News with Cheyne Anderson

Each week we look at some of the terrible news stories that have been eating up the news cycle as well as checking out the one that we should have been paying attention to. This week, Cheyne Anderson came by the studio to talk:

- Mark Latham - speculating on a student's sexuality
- Val Kilmer really, really <3 Cate Blanchett
- Healthy Kit Kats??
- Real news: Producing junk products for the West causes deaths in poor countries

What else do teen girls need to know about sex?

How can we improve sex education? In schools, sex ed largely focuses on the biology, but author and sex educator Eva Sless says we need to cover much more than that. Eva wants to open the lines of communication between teen girls and their parents in her new book provocatively titled, A Teenage Girl's Guide to Getting Off.

ANU leads the search for Planet 9

ANU are searching for a planet on the outer edges of our solar system, and they have invited the public to join them in the search for Planet 9. Citizen astronomers can access a website where they will go through thousands of images, taken by the ANU SkyMapper telescope at Siding Spring, and take note of any differences in the images. Nic spoke to Dr Brad Tucker from the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU who is leading the search for the elusive ninth planet.

Dictionary of Sydney: meet Billy Blue

William (Billy) Blue came to Sydney in 1801 as a convict, after stealing raw sugar for his confectionary business in London. Nic chatted to Lisa from Dictionary of Sydney about the conflicting accounts of his past, including historical records concerning his age and origins. There are suggestions he was born in New York City, and he later claimed to have served in the British Army during the American War of Independence (1776). Blue left a legacy on Sydney - most notably the name Blue's Point!

What on earth are Reno Renters?

Trying to buy in Sydney but struggling to save with rental prices? There is no denying that Sydney property prices are through the roof, but a Sydney couple is using an innovative approach to make their dream of living in Sydney come true. Interior designer Heidi Albertiri and her residential painter, husband Douk Konstantaras, offer to take care of a Sydney rental and "bring it back to life" in return for cheap rent. Nic chatted to Heidi today about her family's renovating rendezvous.

The Stop Adani Roadshow finds some unusual support

The proposed $21 billion Adani coal mine in Queensland has been met by significant fury from many environmental groups. A number of these have bonded together for the Stop Adani Roadshow, in Sydney now before travelling to Canberra and Melbourne. The group has also picked up a slightly unusual corporate sponsor: Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Nic spoke to the founder and CEO of 350.org, Blair Palese, about how these strange bedfellows came about.

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.

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