The Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing
Hosted by Jonathan B. Lerner. The Next Best Thing is a cross between The Tonight Show, Howard Stern and Rachel Maddow. Episodes touch on everything from current events & politics, to pop culture and the arts. Occasional guest interviews feature interesting people from all walks of life. Show draws comedy from recent news stories, political figures and prominent celebrities, as well as from aspects of the show itself! Airs every Monday night from 10-Midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn!
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About Jonathan B. Lerner

Jonathan B. Lerner is a singer, actor, writer, director and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. A native of the Kansas City area, he studied Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting and Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Throughout college, Lerner served as producer and host of The Bloomington Morning Buzz on 99.1FM WIUX. He’s a news junkie, observational comic, and a huge fan of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. Brooklynite since October of 2010!

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  • Saving Local Newspapers
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on February 6, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Between January 2017 and April 2018, the number of jobs in the newspaper industry declined from around 46,000 to 39,000 across America. To put that in perspective, there are 76,416 seats at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. If every single person currently working for an American newspaper were to congregate there, the stadium would be HALF EMPTY!! Sam Mellinger, award-winning sports columnist for The Kansas City Star, joins Jonathan to talk about what's been happening to local newspapers, why it matters so very much, and what people can do to save them. Spoiler alert: SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR LOCAL PAPER!! Listen →

  • Who Killed Dr. Martin Luther King?
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on January 22, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Everyone loves a good conspiracy. James Earl Ray initially confessed to killing Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968, as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, but he would later recount his confession and did so until his death in 1998. Loyd Jowers owned and operated a tavern below the rooming house where James Earl Ray was staying, and he later claimed to have participated in a plot to assassinate Dr. King. Was he just a nutty old man? Could it possibly have been a mafia hit, or a murder carried out by our own government? We cover it all in this episode of The Next Best Thing! Listen →

  • David Bradley Isenberg Returns
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on January 16, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Comic David Bradley Isenberg returns to the RFB studio to talk politics, political correctness, and his Second Cousins Comedy show at the Sidewalk Cafe, on Avenue A! Listen →

  • Work of Stephen Sondheim
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on December 13, 2018 at 10:35 am

    His work is challenging, exhilarating and powerful to watch and to perform. More than just the intricate scores and difficult vocals, Stephen Sondheim musicals are unique in their subject matter. From exploring the issues of contemporary life, marriage and relationships in “Company,” to injustice, murder and revenge in “Sweeney Todd,” he's spent his career offering Broadway audiences works of remarkable craft that challenged and tested the form of the American musical. In this episode of The Next Best Thing, we delve into some of his most celebrated shows, and how they came to be. Listen →

  • Jarret Berenstein
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on November 18, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Jarret Berenstein is a writer and comedian based in New York City. He hosts the hilarious show, "Famous Dead People" on Radio Free Brooklyn! He stopped by the studio to chat with Jonathan about his recent stand-up tour across America, Famous Dead People, his book "The Kellyanne Conway Technique," and the recent midterm elections! Listen →

  • Billy Magnussen
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on November 1, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Billy Magnussen is a very busy guy. When he's not starring in blockbuster films, like Into the Woods, Bridge of Spies, Ingrid Goes West, Game Night, and the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin, you can catch him on Netflix in Maniac, or on CBS All Access in Tell Me a Story. He's also a veteran of the Broadway stage, who, in 2012, was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Above all else, though, he's just a damn good guy, and one helluva softball player! He and Jonathan discuss all that and more on this episode of The Next Best Thing! Listen →

  • Nikolay Krupelnitskiy
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on September 11, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Nikolay Krupelnitskiy, co-founder and owner of Julia Valler Staffing & Events, stopped by the RFB studio to chat about what it takes to start and run a business, emigrating from Russia, having to learn an entirely new language and much more! Catch The Next Best Thing LIVE every Monday night at 10:00pm on Radio Free Brooklyn! Listen →

  • Me The People: Fire & Fury Edition
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on August 15, 2018 at 10:07 am

    James Higgins is a music director, pianist, arranger, and sound designer with 30 years of international experience. RFB fans may recognize him as the accompanist/collaborator from A Night of Dreams, presented in May of 2018. He stopped by to chat with Jonathan about his current project, Me The People: Fire & Fury edition, playing most Tuesday nights between now and the midterm elections at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, in the basement of the West Bank Cafe! Listen →

  • Nick Pecoraro
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on August 7, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Nick Pecoraro is a vegan, animal rights activist and organizer for Anonymous for the Voiceless, an animal rights organization that specializes in street activism. He calls in from Hawaii to chat with Jonathan about everything from how and why he became a vegan to proper messaging and documentary recommendations! Listen →

  • Sam Swanson
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on July 6, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Depression is something that has touched the lives of so many people in one way or another. In September of 2017, Sam Swanson turned to Facebook to share of his own, personal struggle. It ended up getting picked up by the Huffington Post, and the rest is history. He stopped by the studio to talk about depression, how it affects people, and to remind those who suffer from it that they’re not alone. Listen →

  • Best Original Songs?
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on April 12, 2018 at 7:41 am

    The Rainbow Connection, Eye of The Tiger, 9 to 5, Philadelphia...what do all of these iconic movies songs have in common? They all LOST the Academy Award for Best Original Song! In this episode, we go over all of the songs we've come to know and love that SHOULD have won an Academy Award, but didn't! Hold onto your butts. Listen →

  • Chapter 3: Trump's Demise
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on March 31, 2018 at 7:44 am

    The 3rd installment of our series on the Trump administration, and it's incremental undoing. In this episode, we cover the State of the Union address, and the release of what has come to be known as the Nunes memo. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. Listen →

  • How to Debate
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on March 22, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Once upon a time, winning a debate came down to one thing: cold, hard facts. Whether the topic was US Foreign Policy or "who was better: Tom Brady or Joe Montana," it didn't matter. Whoever came prepared with more facts and evidence always won the day. Sadly, those days are over... Living in our current "facts don't matter" society, winning a debate takes much more than before. In this episode, we go over all the pitfalls, and how to avoid them. Listen →

  • The Real Vladimir Putin pt. 2
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on January 27, 2018 at 4:34 am

    The conclusion of our look into who Vladimir Putin really is, and why he worked tirelessly to see that HIllary Clinton did NOT become the President of the United States. Listen →

  • The Real Vladimir Putin pt. 1
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on January 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Recall step by step how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy, how U.S. intelligence came to believe he targeted the 2016 presidential election, what could have been done to prevent it, what it means for the future of American democracy. Scary stuff. Listen →

  • The Young Republican Returns
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on December 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    John William Schiffbauer, former Deputy Communications Director for the New York Republican State Committee, returns to the show to discuss the current state of the Republican Party, and why through it all, he remains a loyal member of it. Catch The Next Best Thing LIVE, every Monday night from 10-Midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn! Listen →

  • Haunted Halloween
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on November 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Stories of the strange, scary and unexplainable on this Halloween episode of The Next Best Things. Listen LIVE every Monday night from 10-Midnight EST on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Death, and then??
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on November 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

    According to Gallup, about 8 million Americans claim to have had a near-death experience (NDE), and many of them regard it as irrefutable proof of an afterlife. Skeptics insist those are merely anecdotal, and easily explained away by the biochemistry of the dying brain, pumped up by morphine and stress. The truth is, though, NO ONE knows for sure. Listen as we explore some of the various experiences and possibilities. Listen →

  • Scariest Movies of All Time (pt. 2)
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on October 26, 2017 at 6:56 am

    The second half of our definitive list of the scariest movies of ALL TIME. Not for the faint of heart..! Listen →

  • Scariest Movies of All Time (pt. 1)
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on October 25, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    An excellent horror movie is truly one of the hardest films to make. That's why there are so few of them. If you glanced at what's come out in the past 20 years, you might think that what makes a movie scary is the amount of diced body tissue flying around the screen. Shock value has its place, but what really unsettles isn't blood and gore, it's that ominous sound from around the corner, the indecipherable figure in the distance, a sense of impending doom as somebody opens a door. Join Jonathan as he takes you through some of the scariest movies of ALL TIME. Listen →