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

Plates of buffalo wings are stacked up before the gorging begins at an annual Wing Bowl competition in Philadelphia.

On Turkey Day eve, have we reached peak chicken?

Some traders are betting that stock in American chicken producers can only go down from here.
Posted In: turkey, chicken, Thanksgiving
A JetBlue aircraft prepares to land at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. in May 2014.

Flight school: JetBlue to offer educational videos

By the end of the year, the airline plans to provide you with an eggheaded excuse to avoid talking to the passenger next to you.
Posted In: JetBlue, Online classes, airplace, flying, Education
One of China's approximately 300 million smokers sits in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in January 2013.

China's smoking ban distracts from a larger issue

A Stanford anthropologist calls the ban a "sideshow" and points out that the country is a "superpower" of cigarette production.
Posted In: tobacco, smoking, cigarettes, China
A Tofurky holiday roast, from the company's recipe blog.

Making it a meatless Thanksgiving with Tofurky

Kai Ryssdal talks to Seth Tibbott, founder and president of the Tofurky company.
Posted In: Thanksgiving, turkey, vegetarian, vegan

Tell us what the economy feels like to you

It's election season. The word "economy" is flying. We want your story.
Posted In: elections, user-generated content
Recording artist Jay-Z, makes an announcement on the steps of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles for the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival.

Clydesdales go missing from Budweiser's holiday ads

The brewing company is partnering with Jay-Z to try to appeal to younger costumers.
Posted In: Budweiser, Jay-Z, holiday, commercials, clydesdale

Weekly Wrap: Immigration and the New York Fed

Kai's weekly chat about the week in business news.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Wall Street, immigration reform
A shopper with a telltale bag walks outside a Macy's store in San Francisco in 2013.

Macy's new target: Millennials

Macy's new strategy hopes millennials can revive sales.
Posted In: shopping, department stores, clothing, Macy's, millennials, sales
Everybody needs to cuddle.

Professional cuddlers for hire in Portland

$60 will buy you an hour of platonic cuddling at a new business, Cuddle Up to Me.
Posted In: cuddling shop, odd jobs, Portland

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