Cautious Coffee is a forum to challenge and be challenged about what and how we think about the world. Hosted by Austin Staton and DeRae Crane, each episode brings you unscripted and unfiltered commentary on key issues that are impacting our country and culture. Join us as we seek empowerment, not power; as we meet people where they are; and most importantly, as we strive to be better humans.
The War on Drugs: Another War Lost?
There is no serious doubt that illicit drug use and smuggling are detrimental to the human condition, and the United States has taken a hard line with its War on Drugs campaign. In this week’s episode of Cautious Coffee, Austin and DeRae chat about the legalization and decriminalization of illicit drugs.
Do You Have Guilt Returning To Work?
Remote work, once frowned upon by many Fortune 100 companies, has taken hold since last March. However, as the world (at some point) transitions to a post-COVID world, will remote work be here to stay or is it just an 18-month social experiment? And what does it mean for our work/life balance?
Thought Experiment: The Democratic Lottery
This week Austin and DeRae conduct a radical thought experiment about a democratic lottery here in the United States for all elected offices.
DeRae believes a democratic lottery will address many of the issues with our current system, while Austin is rightfully skeptical.
What It Means To Be A Parent In 2021
Parenting is hard, that’s likely what makes it so invaluable. Everything starts at home. A child’s first hero is likely a parent. And just because we become parents doesn’t mean we have all the answers, almost everyone is still trying to figure it out. Experiences will vary. What’s important is that we lean into our responsibility as parents - taking it seriously and do our best to guide our children to be productive citizens of society.
Vulnerability as a Leader
The COVID-19 crisis pushed many leaders out of their comfort zones and forced them to reexamine the status-quo. As organizations take a long look in the mirror at what they have become and make decisions of how to best put the pieces back together, those that work for organizations have also taken long looks in the mirror and reassessed what is important to them.
It is unlikely that things will ever be as they were before COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill. As COVID tested the mental health of the world, many have found power in vulnerability - allowing those willing to step out to be impactful, leading from wherever they’re positioned and setting a sustainable example for others to follow.
#TeamUSA: Proud to be an American
Perfect men do not exist – neither do perfect countries. Cautious Coffee shares what it means to be American – the good, the bad, the ugly. DeRae and Austin remain optimistic for the future and are determined to be part of the one thing that is guaranteed – change.
Refreshingly honest dialogues we need more of in the world
I’ve recently started listening to Cautious Coffee and find it to provide a refreshing break from the typical emotionally inciting and politically biased media debates all around us searching for clicks.
Austin and DeRae have an honest dialogue about serious issues in a way that acknowledges their own biases and brings them to the table to further grow and learn.
Listeners of this podcast can learn more about issues through diverse perspectives and also use it as an example for how to engage tough issues with others in the world using empathy and grace.
Thought-provoking and honest!
Great podcast that talks on topics that matters! I am excited to see what topics will be discussed in future and hope more people will find this podcast! My favorite episode was about fear - reminded me to take a long hard look in the mirror and remind about some important things in my life!
Thanks guys! Looking forward to your next episodes!
I absolutely loved this first episode, and this is exactly what we need to be talking about to help us all understand each other’s different backgrounds.