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President Obama, in exclusive Marketplace interview, defended U.S. investment in alternative energy and called for more investment in the nation's infrastructure. Above, host Kai Ryssdal checks his notes during interview at the Copper Mountain solar plant in Nevada desert. - 

In this election year, it is all about the economy. We've heard about many of the economic policies of the various Republican presidential candidates. We figured it was just about time to hear from President Obama himself.

Yesterday, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal headed to the Copper Mountain solar plant in Nevada desert to settle down by some solar panels and get into the nitty-gritty details of the economy with Mr. Obama.

Their topics of conversation ranged from the long-term growth of the economy, to the future of energy, to the way people are reacting to the president's changes in health care law.

But as we listened to the interview, we couldn't help but think: What was going on in Kai's mind as he sat across from the leader of the country?

In today's Mid-day Extra, we got the inside scoop on what the talented Mr. Ryssdal was really thinking during yesterday's interview.

Follow Kai Ryssdal at @kairyssdal