The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing is a mix between The Tonight Show, Howard Stern and Rachel Maddow. Hosted by Jonathan B. Lerner, 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 LIVE every Monday night from 10-Midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn!

01:10:49 2022-07-01
In 2020, 45,222 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S., according to the CDC. It was a record at the time, with no close second. Then in 2021, 46,661 people died. Year-after-year America sees more citizens killed by guns than countries like Ca...
01:14:28 2022-04-21
Losing a parent is truly a unique form of pain, grief and loss. Our parents guide and protect us. They take care of us when we're sick, pick us up when we fall, and provide unconditional love. No matter how old you are, no one is ever truly ready to lose ...
00:52:07 2021-11-17
Often called the city of dreams, New York City can also be the city of nightmares. Every single street is steeped in history, and in the four-hundred-plus years of construction, destruction, and rejuvenation, you're bound to hear more than a few legends a...
00:38:38 2021-10-27
A kid comes out of the closet as...something other than straight...but uses it to remind the world that if you were born white, you need to sit down and shut up at all times. Is this really where we are now?! Join Jonathan as he reminds us why stuff li...
01:01:00 2021-07-10
Jonathan met Trevor Dutch in the Summer of 2012, when they were both hired to ride bikes around New York City, in custom made suits, for the USA Network and Mr. Porter. 9 years later, Trevor still gets hired for his looks--Jonathan does not. He's also bee...
00:50:52 2021-07-07
Join Jonathan as he takes you through the nightmare that is moving in New York City, discusses one of the latest victims of CANCEL CULTURE, and reviews the 2019 sequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining--Doctor Sleep. Catch new episodes of The Next Best...
00:55:09 2021-02-12
Chuck Schumer has been a steady, loyal Democratic soldier for what, 94 years at this point? More than that, he seems like a nice, sweet old man. You know who isn't a nice, sweet old man? Anyone who has ever gotten things done as the Senate Majority Leader...
00:44:32 2021-01-28
HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher is back, baby! After going on hiatus for 2-3 months, one of the best, smartest political talk shows around kicked off season 19 with an absolute sack of shit. That's right--the jokes weren't funny, the interview was infuria...
00:45:34 2020-11-12
On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump rode down an escalator in New York City, stood before a crowd of (mostly paid) admirers , and announced he was running for President. Everyone laughed, no one took him seriously, and life has NEVER been the same. On Novemb...
01:17:13 2020-09-16
Dan Zimberg is a singer, actor, activist, and die-hard Bernie Sanders supporter. In 2016, he couldn't get himself to vote for Hillary Clinton, so he went 3rd party. Jonathan is bound and determined NOT to let that happen again. In this episode of The Next...
01:23:15 2020-07-23
Jonathan welcomes his old friend, and fellow Kansas Citian, David Bradley Isenberg back to the show to discuss Black Lives Matter, the recent protests and demonstrations in response to George Floyd's tragic murder, and the 2020 Presidential election. Spoi...
01:00:42 2020-05-13
For nine and a half years, Jonathan Larson worked as a waiter at the Moondance Diner in New York City. His life-long dream was to be a successful musical theatre composer, and he worked tirelessly to make it happen. He won some awards, and the respect/e...
01:22:57 2020-04-25
Mike Cannon is a New York City based comedian and a delightful human being. He's currently a regular guest on several Sirius/XM Radio shows, including The Jim Norton and Sam Roberts Show, and You Up? with Nikkie Glaser, and hosts The Irish Goodbye Podcast...
00:58:35 2020-04-22
On February 28th, 2020, former Vice-President Joe Biden's Presidential campaign was on the edge of collapse. The once front-runner had failed to stand out at the debates, was struggling to raise funds, and had yet to win a single primary. It was the end o...
01:17:16 2020-03-26
On January 21, 2020, the New York Times reported that a man in Washington State, said to be in his 30's, had contracted the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. It was the first confirmed case in the United States. Since then, the virus has spread l...
00:53:57 2020-01-30
Jonathan chats with Mike Welch, former sports talk radio host and current actor/comedian, who calls in from sunny West Hollywood, California, to discuss the pain and anguish they've both known as lifelong fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, who will face the ...
01:21:57 2020-01-16
Marc Weinstein has been an investment banker, produced his own successful music festivals, is a yoga instructor, and currently works in venture capital. Listeners will recognize him, though, as the music consultant heavily featured in the Netflix document...
01:18:00 2020-01-10
Jonathan opens the show by bringing people up to speed on all of the impeachment happenings, and the impending doom of Democracy. THEN, on a much happier note, he is joined by comic, writer, and co-founder of Awf Magazine, Griffin Leeds! They chat about...
01:19:55 2019-12-19
Jonathan tells the story of his miserable Friday, spent driving a van full of people to and from Connecticut, before going over some of the best Christmas movies of ALL time, and doing a reading of classic Christmas story, The Gift of The Magi. Cuddle up ...
01:24:24 2019-12-11
Jonathan takes a look at how Ukraine become part of the biggest story in American politics, what’s at stake, and how the hell we got here. Also, friend of the show, Andrew Wilson stops by!
01:10:19 2019-11-29
Obstructing Justice, profiting from the Presidency, advocating political and police violence, abuse of power, attacking the free press, violating campaign finance laws. What do all of these things have in common? Two things: they are all generally underst...
00:48:05 2019-11-11
Batman has always been Jonathan's favorite superhero of all time. So naturally, then, the JOKER is his favorite villain of all time. With so many iterations of this character that people love to hate, Joaquin Phoenix had much to live up to. Did he rise ...
00:58:41 2019-11-03
Jonathan tells his story about meeting Oprah and Gail, as well as goes over all of the recent news regarding Trumps pending impeachment. Hold onto your butts, there's a lot to cover!
01:18:58 2019-10-07
Is Jonathan B. Lerner an award-winning hog caller? Did he once tell his parents he wanted to grow up to be a woman?? Learn all this, and much more, about both Jonathan and Andrew Wilson, as the improviser, comedian and new friend of the show stops by the ...
01:20:31 2019-08-13
Making "best of" lists will almost always get you in hot water. In 2015, Rolling Stone published their 100 best songwriters of all time. Despite including many of the modern greats, such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Dolly Par...
01:22:17 2019-08-12
A graduate of Lehigh University, Brian Tyler Cohen moved to Los Angeles to be an actor and writer, and has been doing plenty of both! The former managing editor of Occupy Democrats, he now spends most of his time offering political commentary and analysis...
00:34:16 2019-08-06
Jonathan runs through his immediate thoughts and feelings regarding the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 election season. Did CNN learn from msnbc's mistakes and improve the format? Did anyone have a standout performance? Did it move the needl...
01:15:12 2019-07-07
Jake Williams is a YouTuber, and the creator of Bright Sun Films. With over 600,000 subscribers, his channel hosts various shows, like Abandoned, Cancelled, and Bankrupt. He joins Jonathan to talk about how he went from posting gaming videos as a teenager...
01:12:41 2019-05-22
Losing a parent is truly a unique form of pain, grief and loss. Our parents guide and protect us. They take care of us when we're sick, pick us up when we fall, and provide unconditional love. No matter how old you are, no one is ever truly ready to lose ...
01:18:01 2019-04-27
A native of Staten Island, Lauren Hartnett is a Gun Rights activist, an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, and the founder of the Girls Got a Gun organization. She and Jonathan don't agree on much when it comes to guns, but they were bound and determined ...
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