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First in Future: Where Emerging Ideas Take Flight is a podcast of the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University that connects you with people thinking big thoughts about the future of North Carolina. Each week, we talk with business leaders, elected officials, researchers, people working bottom up and top down to make North Carolina great. We hope you’ll use their thinking to jumpstart your thinking about our state – where it is and where we might go together. At the end of each episode, our guests will identify the biggest issues they think our state is facing; they recommend books; they’ll identify up-and-coming leaders; and they’ll answer at least one completely off-the-wall question as they tackle the IEI Five!

Know a North Carolinian who’d be a great guest for our podcast? We want to connect with the people you know – the forward-thinkers, the problem-solvers, the futurists, the leaders, the movers and shakers and changemakers. Scour your LinkedIn and cross-check your Rolodex; if you know someone working to make North Carolina a better place to work, live and play, we want to talk with them! Submit your guest ideas here!



First in Future is proud to partner with UNC-TV and the North Carolina Channel in production of its special TV series, recorded in UNC-TV’s Legislative Studio in downtown Raleigh. Taped segments air on the North Carolina Channel, which focuses on “civic affairs, issues, entertainment and educational programs relevant to North Carolina.”  Visit UNC-TV for specific show air dates.

First in Future airs on the North Carolina Channel on:

  • Tuesdays @ 8:30 P.M (original airing)
  • Sundays @ 10:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.
  • Wednesdays @ 9:00 A.M.
  • Thursdays @ 7:30 A.M.

The First in Future/UNC-TV podcast series can be viewed over-the-air on the following channels:

Asheville 33.4/25.4 Linville 17.4
Triangle 4.4/25.4 Lumberton 31.4
Concord/Charlotte 58.4/44.4 Roanoke Rapids 36.4
Edenton/Columbia 2.4/20.4 Wilmington 39.4/29.4
Greenville 25.4/23.4 Winston-Salem 26.4/32.4
Jacksonville 19.4 Canton/Waynesville 27.4

The North Carolina Channel can also be seen on Spectrum Cable channel 1276 (for former Time Warner Cable subscribers) and on other select cable systems throughout the state. The channels will be different for Spectrum Cable subscribers on former Charter systems. Visit UNC-TV’s Channel line-up here for more information.

First in Future is also available for online digital streaming on the NC Channel website. New “audio only” podcast episodes are available each Tuesday, available for download on iTunes or on the First in Future website.

Episode 60: First in Future: NC Spin Host Tom Campbell

Summary:  North Carolinians are good people, strong people, people who want to do the right thing, even if it involves debate. Tom Campbell, the host of...