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

Children ride sleds down a hill on the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Don't even think about sledding on Capitol Hill

From the Capitol Grounds Regulations, courtesy of the architect of the capitol's office: "No person shall coast or slide a sled within Capitol Grounds."
Posted In: snow, bobsled, children, terrible laws

Just who is watching the banks?

Previously unreleased documents reveal a new Federal Reserve oversight system
Posted In: Federal Reserve, banking oversight, regulation
Sundown in Wasteland, China

The Chinese villages of Wasteland, Mud Town and Lonely Outpost

Michael Meyer spent three years in Chinese villages that are nothing like their names.
Posted In: China, Quiet Village, tradition
Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks to members of the media as she comes out from the U.S. Supreme Court after oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.

King v. Burwell: Oral arguments on Obamacare

Tuesday marked a big day for the Affordable Care Act
Posted In: health care, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Supreme Court
Macroeconomics can sometimes be humorous.

The Fed's 2009 transcripts show 299 'instances of laughter'

The Federal Reserve released their 2009 transcripts, all 1,648 pages.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve, transcript, Janet Yellen
Author Esther Kaplan documents the pros and cons of big data tracking of employees in the workplace.

The data-driven workplace of the future

Your boss might be monitoring every keystroke you make.
Posted In: big data, telemetrics, UPS, America at Work, Kronos
Progress is hard to come by in Congress.

The DHS gets funded ... for now

Meanwhile, a showdown over debt could be looming.
Posted In: Congress, DHS, CBO, debt

Silicon Valley's diversity issues highlighted in trial

Ellen Pao is suing Kleiner Perkins for gender discrimination and retaliation
Posted In: gender inequality, Silicon Valley, lawsuit, discrimination

Spirit Air: slashing prices at 30,000 feet

CEO Ben Baldanza talks about his airline's cheaper, stripped-down experience
Posted In: Spirit Airlines, airport, baggage fees
Cisco CEO John Chambers, one of the many, many CEOs named John.

Among CEOs, women are outnumbered by men named John

On the S&P, there are four Johns, Roberts Williams or Jameses for every female CEO
Posted In: gender equality, ceo, data

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