Truth Tastes Funny with Hersh Rephun
Truth Tastes Funny with Hersh Rephun
How do we stay sane, survive, and thrive in today’s world? On the Truth Tastes Funny podcast, writer/comedian Hersh Rephun explores the absurdity of life’s challenges, while engaging with experts who’ve dedicated themselves to finding serious solutions.
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How Do You Feel Now? Better? Or Worse?: Recovering Journalist Rafer Weigel

S2 E60 • Mar 15, 2023 • 41 mins

If ever there were an ideal moment, topic and guest for Truth Tastes Funny, it's three-time Emmy Award-winning "recovering journalist" Rafer Weigel. Son of iconic Chicago sports reporter Tim Weigel, Rafer came up in the news business, and I chose this interview to close out Season 2, because while we're just two dudes talkin' about life, news, and storytelling, it's hard not to think about the Dominion lawsuit against FOX, and the general complexion of "news" in a post-truth world. And, of course, the old adage, "If it bleeds, it leads."

Key Points

  • Raefer Weigel discusses the importance of humility in storytelling, emphasizing that the customer should be seen as the hero of the story, while companies and content creators should act as guides or facilitators.
  • Weigel shares his personal journey from an ego-driven pursuit of being a news anchor to a more fulfilling role in serving others by focusing on their stories, highlighting the need for personal alignment and mental health over professional success.
  • The conversation touches on the challenges of modern journalism and comedy, exploring the effects of political polarization, cancel culture, and the struggle to maintain both humility and confidence in the public discourse.

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