First in Future: The Emerging Issues Podcast

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.

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!

Thank you to our past sponsors of First in Future Live Zoomcasts: 

Tony McLean Brown 

Director of Strategic Investments at Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG)
IEI National Advisory Board Member


Episode 224: First in Future: Alicia James

Summary: The latest surveys from the CDC show 41% of survey respondents report mental health issues, three times the number at the same time last...

Episode 223: First in Future: Maggie Woods

Summary: Recently, many have been trying to help our kids with digital homework, or our local government officials have been trying to figure out how...

Episode 222: First in Future: Jess George

Summary: One of the most complicated challenges of the coronavirus has been the need for more broadband. It has been a challenge that the Institute...

Episode 221: First in Future: Lindsey Haynes-Maslow

Summary: As of April this year, 45% of people were self-reporting that their mental health had declined. A survey found 70% of people were screening...

Episode 219: First in Future: Sarah Hall

Summary: myFutureNC looked at NC’s future economy and came to the conclusion that to meet the needs of the future, we need 2 million more...

Episode 218: COVID in Confinement

Summary: Host Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, talks with special guests William Lassiter (Deputy Secretary, Juvenile Justice, NCDPS), Dave Richard (Deputy...

Episode 217: First in Future: Dr. Rupert Nacoste

Summary: This First in Future episode features Dr. Rupert Nacoste, author of the new book “To Live Woke: Thoughts to Carry in Our Struggle to...

Episode 214: First in Future: Wit Tuttell

Summary: It’s late August and a lot of people are already back in school and back in the swing. Labor Day weekend will mark the...

Episode 212: How Can K-12 Learning Be Better This Fall?

Summary: Host Leslie Boney, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, talks with special guests Eric Davis (Chair, State Board of Education), Eliz Colbert, Ed.D., (Executive Director,...

Episode 210: From Crisis to Opportunity in Child Care

Summary: The Institute for Emerging Issues is hosting a series of conversations around early childhood learning focused on how we develop stronger systems in the...

Episode 209: Racial Equity in Criminal Justice

Summary: Leslie Boney, the Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a special virtual conversations discussing “Racial Equity in Criminal Justice” with guests Justice...

Episode 207: Parenting Education Beyond COVID-19

Summary: The Institute for Emerging Issues is hosting a series of conversations around early childhood learning focused on how we develop stronger systems in the...

Episode 204: Jumpstarting K-12 Learning

Summary: Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of...

Episode 200: Jumpstarting Local Government

Summary: Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of...

Episode 198: Jumpstarting Tourism

Summary: Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of...

Episode 196: Reflect and have a conversation

Summary: IEI is hosting a conversation around the issues of parenting, policing and systemic racism that the people of our state and nation are grappling...

Episode 194: Civic Conversations In Time Of Pandemic

Summary: Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of...

Episode 192: The Way Back from Unemployment?

Summary: Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of...

Episode 190: First in Future: COVID-19 and Mental Health

Summary: Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of...

Episode 184: First in Future: Getting Every Home Connected

Summary: Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of...

Episode 182: First in Future: Food and Hunger

Summary: Join us for part five of the series with guests Mike Darrow (Executive Director, Feeding the Carolinas) Tessa Thraves (Farm to School Coordinator, NC...

Episode 178: First in Future: The Online Learning Dilemma

Summary: The Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, Leslie Boney, will be hosting a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Episode 177: First in Future: Connecting in Crisis

Summary: The Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, Leslie Boney, will be hosting a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Episode 176: Coronavirus Special Preview

Summary: Coming up on Thursday, the Institute for Emerging Issues is going to be focusing on what some really creative North Carolina leaders are doing...

Episode 173: First in Future: State Board of Education Chair Eric Davis

Summary: This year, the Raleigh-based nonprofit Public School Forum has identified its top education issues to address, to take “immediate and intentional actions to provide each child a sound basic education.” This is...

Episode 168: First in Future: NC State Senator Harry Brown

Summary: North Carolina has been a long-time leader in making internet available to people across the state, and we were the first place to have every K-12 classroom wired with...

164a First in Future Remembers Robert Bashford

Summary: North Carolina has lost a great citizen. Dr. Robert Bashford was an NC State graduate, OB/GYN, and Director of Admissions at UNC Medical School....

Episode 154: First in Future: Inspired Randolph

Summary: In 2017 and 2018, the Institute for Emerging Issues spent a lot of time focusing on the economics of early childhood development in North...

Episode 145: First in Future: Mayor of Charlotte Vi Lyles

Summary: A 2015 report on economic mobility in the U.S. caught Charlotte’s attention. The report looked at the likelihood that someone whose parents’ income ranked...

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...