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

The Maytag plant in Reynosa, Mexico.

Inside the migration of the Maytag factory

Author Chad Broughton’s “Boom, Bust, Exodus” looks at globalization from both sides of the border.
Posted In: Mexico, factories, Maytag

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
Can an air-thin price increase even be felt at the pump? A customer at a San Francisco service station.

Looking for meaning in a fractional gas price increase

For first time in four months, an average gallon goes up – from $2.033 to $2.038.
Posted In: oil prices, gas prices
David Koch.

Koch brothers' 2016 war chest is $889 million

They are funding a network of political groups gearing up to influence election.
Posted In: campaign finance, Koch brothers, fundraising
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

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