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The more things change…

Image courtesy of The AustralianWhile State Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond’s shock resignation garnered a whole lot of interest from the media last week, now attention has turned to who will take the top job as Leader of the Liberal Party.

Radio Adelaide’s Angus Randall spoke with former State Liberal MP Mark Brindal, about what’s been happening over in State Parliament.

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Producer: Lisa Burns

NYE cliffhanger set to strike at midnight

If you’ve heard the words ‘fiscal cliff’  in the news lately, you’ve obviously been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world in the midst of our holiday-induced cabin fever.

But the fiscal cliff is a big deal over in the US and the clock striking twelve on New Year’s Eve could spell the beginning of another economic crisis for the States.

It’s the most talked about New Year’s affair since the Millennium Bug and Associate Professor Felix Patrikeeff from the University of Adelaide spoke with Jordan Archer to tell us all about it.

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Producer: Lisa Burns

Monty Python enters the courtroom

These days, people can sue for anything, but can they sue anyone? Well, one man in New Zealand thinks so – he tried to sue a dead man!

Also, what was the verbal slip up that earned NZ Prime Minister John Key his own day? And after the tragedy of the Pike River incident, what has the report revealed about it’s causes?

Angus Randall caught up with New Zealand Correspondent, Lucas Jensen-Carey about what’s happening just across the sea.

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Producer: Kristen Theologou

Are you raising free-range kids?

Successful Australian businessman Dick Smith is well-known for his passionate fight to keep Australian products  in the hands of Aussies.

He made headlines again around Australia last week, when he stood outside The Advertiser building here in Adelaide and challenged News Limited’s decision not to run his publication, Dick Smith’s Magazine of Forbidden Ideas, in their papers.

So what’s inside this magazine that’s so forbidden, then? And why has he taken his nation-wide fight to the streets of little ol’ Adelaide?

Dick Smith joined Tim Brunero on the program to answer these questions and discuss everything from captalism to the importance of raising ‘Free-Range Kids’.

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Producer: Lisa Burns

What do refugees think we should do with refugees?

What should we do with asylum seekers?

It’s a question that pops  into every conversation these days and with the arrival of nine boats carrying over 500 asylum seekers since this time last week, it’s  a question the Federal Government is going to be asking itself a whole lot more.

But in the middle of all of this political toing and froing, it’s easy to forget about the people at the heart of the issue – like Mohammad Al-Khafaji (pictured above), who came to Australia nine years ago with his family.

He spent years moving about from Northern Iraq, to Iran and finally to Syria, where they were processed and granted permanent Australian residency. He joined Tim Brunero in the studio to share his inspiring story about the long journey from Baghdad to his new home here in Adelaide.

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Producer: Lisa Burns

When the going gets tough, the tough get upgraded to gold

It pays to steer clear of the banned substances when you’re competing at the Olympics, especially when your gold-winning opponent loses their medal after being charged for doping and you’re given an automatic upgrade from silver.

This is what happened to New Zealand shotputter Valerie Adams, whose Russian opponent, Nadzeya Ostapchuk, was thrown out of the Olympics after being found guilty of using a banned steroid.

Ostapchuk has vowed to fight the decision, but  ‘que sera sera’ says our New Zealand correspondent Lucas Jensen-Carey, who joined Tim Brunero to give us this and all of the other latest news from across the Tasman!

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Producer: Lisa Burns

Get those neurons firing, kids!

Grab your bunsen burners and fill up your bathtubs so you can re-enact an Archimedes “Eureka!” moment – it’s National Science Week, ya’ll!

All week on Breakfast we’ll be paying homage to the wonders of science and to kick off the celebrations, Tim Brunero donned his horn-rimmed glasses and lab coat to speak to Dr Paul Willis, Director of the Royal Institution of Australia, about all of the science-inspired events happening around Adelaide.

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Producer: Abbie Thomas

Science meets the silver screen

We all have a favourite movie genre or two we can rely on when we’re feeling the need for a good veg-out in front of the telly.

Horror, drama, romantic comedy – there’s a plethora of genres just waiting for us to sink our teeth into and let our eyes glaze over on.

But have you ever considered the science genre? If you never have, top up your soft drink and get your ticket stubs ready, because now you can!

Scinema, the science film festival, has rolled into town and its director, Cris Kennedy, joined the choc-top-loving Tim Brunero on the line this morning to tell us all about the festival.

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Producer: Lisa Burns & Abbie Thomas

Does Alice in Wonderland have hidden maths equations?

One of the beauties of growing-up is re-discovering the old movies you absolutely adored as a child and finally getting all of the gags that used to fly over your head and hit the adults right in the funny bone.

But what if we were to tell you there’s more to some of your childhood favourites, than just the in-jokes?

Science communicator, Cobi Smith, and University of Adelaide mathematician, David Butler, have come together to do just this – they’re presenting a show for National Science Week, which suggests that the story of Alice in Wonderland has multiple mathematical equations hidden within. Intrigued?

They joined Tim Brunero in the studio to help solve this mathematical dilemma!

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Producers: Kristen Theologou & Abbie Thomas

Maybe Sleepy was on to something…

Can you get diabetes from a lack of sleep? That’s what a group of workers in the United States believe – they sued their bosses, claiming their scattered,  round-the-clock shifts resulted in them getting diabetes.

Could this be true? How important is a good night’s shut-eye?

Professor Drew Dawson, Director of the Appleton Institute at Central Queensland University, joined Breakfast’s Tim Brunero to discuss the science behind forty winks.

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Producers: Kristen Theologou & Abbie Thomas