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!!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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!
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!
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.