Kai Ryssdal has been the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy, since 2005. He joined American Public Media in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report.

Ryssdal began in public radio as a intern, then reporter and finally substitute host for The California Report at KQED-FM in San Francisco. After graduating from Emory University, Ryssdal spent eight years in the United States Navy flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and as a Pentagon staff officer. Before his career in public radio, Ryssdal was a member of the United States Foreign Service in Ottawa, Canada and Beijing, China.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.


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Features by Kai Ryssdal

A city worker grooms a pile of road salt in Chicago.

Cost of melting icy roads ... is heating up

In New York, the price is up 27 percent from last year.
Posted In: road salt, winter, snow
Sylvia Mathews Burwelll, Secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks before the Senate Appropriations Committee in November.

Big changes for Medicare

Program to move from fee-based to a quality-based payment system.
Posted In: medicaid, Medicare
A photo taken at some point during World War II.

Long-lost WWII photographs are found

Levi Bettwieser's Rescued Film Project recovers untold history one photo at a time
Posted In: photography, World War II
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in Washington, D.C.

Tax lobbyists: A growth industry in nation's capital

Tax lobbying heats up, surpasses healthcare lobbying in Washington, D.C.
Posted In: tax reform, lobbying, jack lew
A slew of $100 bills.

Money can buy you less unhappiness

Hidden among psychological mumbo-jumbo is a truth: Negative memories stick with us.
Posted In: Money, happiness, psychologists, negativity bias
An open hood reveals the motor of a Volkswagen e-Golf electric car.

Auto industry's dirty little secret: Fake engine noise

Drivers want vroom-vroom with their MPGs. Enter the "Soundaktor."
Posted In: car engine, speakers, gas milage
A still taken from a video demonstrating Microsoft's HoloLens.

Microsoft's new holographic headset augments reality

Microsoft is in virtual reality market now thanks to a headset called HoloLens.
Posted In: virtual reality, Microsoft
Bradley Cooper, right, stars in the Oscar-nominated film "American Sniper."

The State of the (Film) Union

Critic is mixed about "American Sniper," comments on Oscar nominations and "Selma."
Posted In: Oscars, movies, selma, american sniper

Tell us what the economy feels like to you

There's a lot of talk about how the economy is improving. We want your story.
Posted In: elections, user-generated content
A boy asks an owl how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop in a commercial from 1984.

Tootsie Roll CEO, 95, leaves behind a sweet legacy

Melvin Gordon ran Tootsie Roll Industries, founded in 1896, for more than 50 years.
Posted In: candy, tootsie roll, commercials

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