The Network Revolution has actually changed how value is created and how people connect and make decisions.

Left to Right: Monte Ford, Dennis McCuistion, William J. Ribaudo, Niki McCuistion and Barry Libert

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to talk about this revolution are key experts in that field:

  • Monte Ford: Director Akamai Technologies, Former Senior VP/ CIO American Airlines
  • William J. Ribaudo: Partner, Deloitte and Touche, LLP
  • Barry Libert: Chairman and Founder, OpenMatters

To view the complete write-up on this episode follow this link to: Why the Cloud and Social Media Are Changing Your Business and Your Life

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Inflation, lack of savings and investments and the last several years’ economy has changed the economic landscape for many Americans; making it almost impossible for many to retire. 95% of Americans may well run out of money in their retirement. The American dream of retiring with dignity is gone.

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss the issue of retirement are guests:

    • Alan Goldfarb, CFP, AIF, MBA – Managing Director: FSG Advisors
    • Brooks Hamilton – Attorney, Founder: Brooks Hamilton and Partners

To view the full write-up on this episode follow the link to Why Retirement Is Fast Becoming Impossible For Most Americans.

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Terry Jones: Author of On Innovation, Founder, former CEO of Travelocity and Founding Chairman of, joins McCuistion for a rousing discussion on what innovation is and how to create it in your own organization.

Follow this link to view the original write-up on Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace and view the full episode below.

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Income inequality has causes; are there solutions?

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss all sides of this issue are:

  • Robert Lawson, PhD: Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom at Southern Methodist University
  • Richard Scotch, PhD: Professor of Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Pamela Villarreal: Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.

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It’s been suggested that income inequality can lead to negative economic, social and political problems. Is this issue just an American phenomenon? What is the truth behind the income inequality concern?

Follow this link for the entire write-up on income inequality.

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Left to Right: Thomas Keefe, Dennis McCuistion and Michael Sorrell

Though the rise in college student debt is often blamed on higher tuition costs, a radical shift in student financial aid–from a system relying primarily on need-based grants to one now dominated by loans–has been a major contributor to the challenge.

Joining McCuistion to talk about the student debt crisis, why the right college is an investment, how a first class education can be affordable, and why a college education matters are:

To read the full write-up on this episode, please follow this link to the student loan crisis.

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Peter F. Drucker, hailed by Business Week, as “the man who invented management,” influenced countless leaders through his writing, teaching and consulting. The author of 39 books, Drucker’s work inspired leaders and managers across all industries in both the public and private sector.

In this re-airing of The Legacy of Peter Drucker, Dennis McCuistion is joined by guests who knew him well, hired him as their consultant, and highly respected and admired him as a friend and colleague:

  • Zachary First, PhD: Senior Managing Director, The Drucker Institute
  • Bob Buford: Founding chair of the Drucker Institute, author of Drucker & Me, and Halftime, and
  • Myron E. (Mike) Ullman III: CEO of J.C. Penney, (Chair of Federal Reserve Dallas and on the board of Starbucks).

Follow this link to view the original write-up concerning The Legacy of Peter Drucker.

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2126 – 07.20.14

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, are guests:

  • Lori Cook, PhD, CCC-SLP: Head of Pediatric Brain Injury Programs, Center for BrainHealth, University of Texas- Dallas
  • Sergeant Mike Rials: Brain Performance Institute, Warrior Training Team, Purple Heat Recipient
  • Jacque Gamino, PhD: Director, BrainHealth Teen Reasoning Initiative

The work which is being undertaken at the Center for BrainHealth encompasses many facets.

Left to Right: Lori Cook, Sergeant Mike Rials, Jacque Gamino with host, Dennis McCuistion

One of its programs, the SMART program (Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training) has shown tremendous results. The SMART program is a cognitive training program that helps teens understand the big picture, develop reasoning skills and abstract meaning from what they learn and study more efficiently. The program helps students learn better, stress less and expand their ability to reason and use their cognitive skills more effectively.

The program is now in select public schools and is training teachers to carry it forward to more students in more schools.

The Center also works with veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries caused by military combat. Through their cognitive processing therapy/ programs and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (RTMS) processes, the fight or flight syndrome is reduced, veterans back from combat are less hyper vigilant and are better able to adapt to civilian life. Mike Rials gives his personal experience as a returning Marine who until he entered a program for veterans at the Center was jumpy, stressed and very hyper vigilant, constantly looking around for destruction waiting to occur. From not being comfortable and able to be in a room filled with people, he now teaches and helps his fellow veterans recalibrate their minds to civilian life.

He tells us that while there are many programs who help veterans adjust, the Center for Brain Health’s program, which he has personally experienced, is a  proven one and extremely helpful in helping veterans come back into society and achieving a purpose once again.

The Center has some of the longest running programs and studies on brain injury in children. Additional research and programs have shown that children’s brains are not like adults. Since a brain is still developing until 25 years of age, the fact that a child’s brain is still developing puts him in a more vulnerable position. Traumatic brain injuries can affect the learning that is still to occur.

Join us as we talk about brain health and the innovative research that makes a critical difference in many lives. Its insights might impact you or a loved one.

As always we’re talking about things that matter with people who care… Still going strong in our 24th year, without any PBS funding, pledge monies, or government grants.

Thank you because it is your generous support of what we do that keeps us on the air.

Niki Nicastro McCuistion, CSP
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Business/ nonprofit consultant in strategy, leadership and organizational development from customer service to governance.


To read more about this episode visit the original blog post here: Make Your Brain Smarter – Part Two.

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Joining us are brain health experts:

  • Sina Aslan, PhD: Imaging Specialist, Center for BrainHealth, UT – Dallas
  • Sandra Chapman, PhD: Chief Director and Founder, Center for BrainHealth, UT – Dallas
  • Eric Bennett, CPA: Executive Director, Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth
Left to Right: Sina Aslan, Sandra Chapman and Eric Bennett, with Producer, Niki McCuistion and Host, Dennis McCuistion

We can live to 100 years of age; however, if our brain is not healthy our quality of life suffers in direct proportion. The good news is there is much we can do to assure brain health. The not so good news is that our brain span peaks in middle age (ages 42-48). Memory starts declining after age 20, but it’s the slope of decline that matters. Yet, while our brains are aging and our memory may not be as sharp, a lot can be done to prevent it from slipping as rapidly.

The BrainHealth Center is devoted to studies for keeping our brain healthy, how the brain adapts and its speed of functioning. Their studies show that our brain can change in hours – far faster than our bodies can. With a little effort, we can change our brain for the better by the activities we engage in – just like we exercise  our bodies. We can do this by interviewing, questioning, being curious, reading and synthesizing data, among others. Believe it or not, these activities are better for keeping our brains active and healthy than standard crossword puzzles and anagrams.

Certain things we once thought true are not fact. They may instead be devastating to our brain health. For instance, working 24/7 builds up cortisone. If we overuse our brain there can be a resulting loss in productivity and result in sick days. Multitasking is actually harmful to our health; sequential single tasking works far better.

Our brains are the most powerful tools in the world. Yet we can choose to not use our brain effectively. According to our experts, people who use their brain are happier. With brain physicals, training, and assessments our strategic memory can advance. And while our brain can overcome almost anything, we can improve its ability and health by focusing on what builds the brain. The best advice is still, eat healthy, sleep 8 hours a night, and keep moving – exercise is essential to our brain health.

As always we continue talking about things that matter with people who care… still going strong in our 25 th year, with no PBS funding, pledge monies, or government grants. We appreciate your continued support.

Niki Nicastro McCuistion, CSP
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Business/ nonprofit consultant in strategy, leadership and
organizational development from customer service to governance.

To learn more about this episode, visit the original blog: Make Your Brain Smarter – Part One or watch the episode below.

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Think tanks are organizations that perform research and engage in advocacy for social policy, political strategy, economics, technology and cultural issues. A think tank’s purpose is to develop public policy decisions from an objective, long-term perspective. Most think tanks have an underlying policy that impacts their public policy decisions.

Left to Right: Dennis McCuistion, Niki McCuistion & John Allison

Joining host Dennis McCuistion to talk about think tanks and how they determine their focus, philosophy and rational thinking is John Allison, Chairman of the Executive Advisory Council, of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, immediate past president of Cato and former CEO of BB&T.

Cato Institute’s mission is to create a free and prosperous society based on the principles of individual liberty, free markets, limited government and peace. Mr. Allison says, “We believe government should stay out of your pocketbook as well as your bedroom. It [government] has an important purpose but it’s very limited, to protect individual rights.”

During this episode on think tanks, he tells us Cato is a modern day advocate of the principles that made this country great: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

He goes on to say:

“Our founding fathers talked about limited government. Their great concern was that government would expand and interfere in the lives of the people. If people want government interference it’s usually because they want a benefit. When government gets involved they control, that makes them dangerous. When people do things voluntarily we have better outcomes.

Communities solve problems voluntarily. Government is never voluntary. When you use force you get bad outcomes. Yes, we need police, courts, military for defense purposes but individuals working in their own best interests have better solutions.

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There is an important role for charity in the US, but social welfare has destroyed families. When you teach people to be dependent, they lose part of their soul. Economic freedom raises everyone. We believe in a free society.”

He believes, human beings have a capacity to be free. “You have to pursue your truths, be innovative and creative to pursue your personal happiness and you have to be able to set goals for yourself.”

Join us during this episode on think tanks for a thought provoking philosophical discussion on liberty, economic freedom and the innovation that allows for creativity and which made and still makes America great.

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2216 – 07.12.15
The future of oil is the focus of this week’s episode on the McCuistion Program. As recent as 2005, oil experts claimed we had an oil crisis, oil had peaked and we would soon be running out of oil.
Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, are energy and oil experts:

  • Bruce Cutright: Research Scientist Association, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin
  • Edward W. Blessing: Managing Director of Blessing Petroleum
  • Jacki Pick: Executive VP/COO National Center for Policy Analysis and Host of the Jacki Daily Show

Commenting through previously taped programs are:

  • David Yergin: Author of The Quest
  • Charles D. Davidson, Chairman/ CEO of Noble Energy

Our experts tell us that while we would need a crystal ball to predict the future of oil, oil is here to stay, it has a future, and there is, at least for the present, no substitute.

What we do know is there is at least four times an availability of oil reserves than what has been used in the past. The Artic is just recently in development. There are huge developments in offshore Brazil producing oil from formations 30,000 feet deep. New formations are being found off shore in West Africa, and we have the same availabilities off shore in the eastern part of the United States.

Left to Right: Bruce Cutright, Jacki Pick & Edward W. Blessing

According to Bruce Cutright, “Political issues are limiting our reserves. It’s not the reserves themselves that are limited.” Drilling off shore is more productive and profitable in the long term and our resources are unquantified for the present time.

Political issues are in fact restricting exploration. Pipelines pose yet another political challenge. While pipelines are the safest way of transporting oil, reducing accidents by 50% and are more environmentally friendly than other transportation, some environmentalists balk at adding to our already 2 million miles plus of existing pipeline.

New technologies are increasing our abilities to explore and drill for oil. Today we have a 100 year supply of natural gas; tremendous assets are right under our feet. Yet obtaining funds for exploration and drilling is problematic when oil prices are down as they are presently. Energy security is critical. And we’re forming stronger partnerships with Mexico and Canada.

The bottom line is energy is a life/death situation. We must have reliable and affordable energy. And there is no present substitute for fossil fuel.

The future looks rosy if….! We have reserves and we have the technology. But it is critical that politics and economics catch up with our capabilities.

Join us for a colorful discussion of the future of oil and how it impacts you.

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2221 – 07.05.2015