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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.


Please direct all media inquiries and booking requests to communications@americanpublicmedia.org.  

 

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Features by Kai Ryssdal

How an oil rush made LA the city it is today

After first oil well was drilled in 1892, derricks became a symbol of Los Angeles.
Posted In: Oil, oil well, los angeles
Pumpjacks and wells are at work in an oil field near McKittrick, California.

The future of oil and gas after the boom

The price of oil is dropping. Good news or bad news?
Posted In: Oil, gas
A packaging machine sorts crayons while moving them toward individual boxes at Binney and Smith, maker of Crayola crayons.

6,000 uses for petroleum – and counting

Maybe we should be asking what isn't made from a barrel of oil.
Posted In: petroleum, petroleum products, Oil, barrel of oil
Oil workers on a rig in Midland County, Texas.

How the oil boom woke up a Texas town

Kai talks with Adrian DeLeon, the mayor of Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Posted In: Oil, texas, fracking, eagle ford shale

Farmers feel ripple effects of the oil boom

Kai Ryssdal talks to commercial grain farmer Curt Mowery.
Posted In: farmers, Oil, oil prices
Anti-fracking demonstrators protest in New York City.

New York is first state to ban fracking

Kai sits down with Marketplace's Scott Tong to talk fracking.
Posted In: fracking, New York, Oil
Display of energy drinks in a store in San Diego.

Now that’s an unexpected energy boost. (Thanks, Cuba)

Investors confuse the Cuba Energy Company with the country.
Posted In: energy drinks, cuba, cuban beverage company, San Diego
Gibson's iconic Les Paul guitars.

Gibson CEO: We're so much more than guitars

Iconic guitar company moves into headphone business, leases Tower Records building in L.A.
Posted In: guitars, Les Paul, Music
Movie posters for the premiere of the film "The Interview" at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Sony hack, dissected

Hosts Kai and Ben Johnson discuss lingering questions surrounding the Sony hack.
Posted In: sony hacks, Sony, the interview, email
Children play with a Sulley Monster Mask in a toy store.

December shores up 'mom and pop’ toy shops, for now

Kai Ryssdal talks to Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun Toy Store in Cleveland.
Posted In: mom-and-pop shops, holidays, toy stores, Retail

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