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


Why Roto-Rooter cares how you die

Hospice care is now a $17 billion industry, and everybody is getting in the game
Posted In: hospice

What's on that dollar bill? Maybe some anthrax

Maybe you want to put down that money now.
Posted In: bitcoin, dollar bill

Skechers a winner this Boston Marathon

Meb Keflezighi ran more than 26 miles in 2:08:37. Wearing Skechers.
Posted In: boston marathon, skechers

Don't drink coffee as soon as you wake up

And other workday-maximizing advice from Quartz's Rachel Feltman.
Posted In: Quartz

Yellen's big speech number two

Kai talks with Felix Salmon from Reuters and Catherine Rampell of the Washinton Post about the week's biggest economic news.
Posted In: Yellen, interest rates
Fried chicken

As beef and pork prices rise, demand tastes like chicken

Why it's a great time to be a chicken farmer.
Posted In: pork, beef, chicken

Peak beard theory

Bearded men are about to have a close shave with the fashion police.
Americana Clock

Malls are dead, long live the mall

Rick Caruso of The Grove says shopping centers are in the entertainment business.
Posted In: shopping mall, commercial real estate, Retail

What 1717 means: your trolley number guess

Is it the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything?
Posted In: Caruso, The Grove, trolleys

Producers try to keep fish sticks from going under water

Kids aren't eating them, and neither is Kai.
Posted In: fish, frozen food


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