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

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Do shareholders have any power?

Morgan Stanley wrote off $9.5 billion worth of subprime mortgages last quarter, so you might expect its executives to get a grilling at the annual shareholders meeting. Nope. Didn't happen. Michelle Leder of Footnoted.org discusses why that is.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street
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Zimbabwe economy needs foreign help

Whoever is declared the winner of Zimbabwe's presidential election will have his hands full dealing with the nation's shattered economy. Kai Ryssdal talks with economist Tony Hawkins in Harare, Zimbabwe, about the job ahead.
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Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal chats with Kim Clark of U.S. News & World Report about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street
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Times change, roots of crises remain

The Great Depression of the 1930s came about from problems in the banking system. Today's economic woes are primarily rooted in investment banks and hedge funds. Kai Ryssdal looks at how the names have changed but the underlying problems are the same.
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Soros: Financial crisis worst since '30s

Investor and philanthropist George Soros says the financial system as we know it is broken. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book in which he offers what he calls a new paradigm for the financial markets.
Posted In: Books, Economy
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Are new suits a good fit for swimming?

Speedo's new LZR Racer swimsuit is going to be the hottest thing in the Olympic pool this summer. Some are crediting it for the world records that have been falling during qualifying trials this spring. Diana Nyad tells Kai Ryssal more about it.
Posted In: Science, Sports
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Bernanke foresees shrinking economy

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress' Joint Economic Committee that he expects the economy to slow even further. And the housing crisis? It's not his problem.
Posted In: Economy
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Letters from our listeners

Kai Ryssdal reviews your letters on issues ranging from corruption in Louisiana to electronic devices marketed to women and an assumption about our audience's demographics.
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'Upfronts' are changing channels

"The upfronts" -- the events where TV networks tell advertisers what's on and advertisers plunk down billions to buy time -- are going to be a bit different this year, beginning this week. Joe Adalian, the TV editor at Variety, explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Entertainment
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There's the plan, then the execution

Treasury Secy. Paulson admits that, this being a presidential election year, nothing much is going to happen with his announced regulation plan anytime soon. Kai Ryssal talks about it with Joe Grundfest, who used to sit on the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

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