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.  


Features By Kai Ryssdal



A comeback for sales of fine art

Several art auctions over the past few weeks have been turning over healthy sales for dealers. Kai Ryssdal follows up with art advistor Richard Polsky, who had a painting this week in a Sotheby's auction.

Weekly Wrap: Another bubble?

Kai Ryssdal takes a look at this week's action with Megan McArdle of the Atlantic magazine and business writer Heidi Moore.
Posted In: Wall Street

Band business is hard on the wallet

Being in a successful rock band may be great for your personal finances, but getting there can be expensive. Kai Ryssdal talks to Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie about the music business and the band's new single on the 'Twilight' soundtrack.
Posted In: Entertainment

More unveiled about Blackwater

Private security firm Blackwater lost its rich contract with the State Department in Iraq, and we're still finding out why. Kai Ryssdal talks to reporter Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times on new information about Blackwater.

Obama has full agenda for China trip

During his eight-day swing through Asia, President Obama will spend three days with Chinese officials. To get some idea of what might be at the top of the president's list of topics, Kai Ryssdal talked with China scholar Kenneth Lieberthal.

Nuclear-powered fan of 'cap and trade'

John Rowe, CEO of Exelon, the nation's biggest generator of nuclear power, talks about why he favors part of the Senate's energy bill, and where his industry fits in an era of climate change.

It's a waste to worry about the dollar

About the only thing that didn't do well in the markets today was the dollar, and the general perception is that's a bad thing. But commentator Paul Kedrosky says it might be time to readjust expectations.

Oprah deciding about show on her OWN

Oprah Winfrey reportedly is considering moving her daytime show from broadcast channels to her new cable channel, OWN. The New York Times's Bill Carter discusses with Kai Ryssdal the risks and rewards she faces.
Posted In: Entertainment

Opel workers begin warning strikes

Thousands of workers at the Opel plant in Germany have walked off the job today in what they're calling the first in a series of warning strikes. Kai Ryssdal talks to Dave Legget of Justauto.com.
Posted In: Auto

Stats to watch out for in soccer

A lot of people who follow sports follow the statistics that go along with them. But not all statistics are created equal. Kai Ryssdal talks to author Simon Kuper, whose book explores the stats of soccer.
Posted In: Books


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