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

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
House Speaker John Boehner

John Boehner doesn't enjoy congressmen wearing jeans

During a dress code reminder the Speaker told lawmakers, "You know who you are."
Posted In: jeans, Congress, John Boehner

Why can't YouTube turn a profit?

It's all but the default for online video, but that means no margins.
Posted In: YouTube, music streaming

Pebble Time breaks Kickstarter's record

Pebble is a major player in the smart watch market...and it's not afraid of Apple
Posted In: Smart Watch, wearable tech, pebble watch, the Pebble
"This is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats."

This Kickstarter has the most supporters

The Kickstarter with the most supporters, at 219,382 people, is a card game called Exploding Kittens.
Posted In: kickstarter, cats, cards
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Warren Buffett eats like a six-year-old

Warren Buffett's culinary choices aren't what you'd expect from one of the richest people on the planet.
Posted In: Warren Buffett, financial reports, Investing, Coke

SubTropolis? Yeah, it's pretty underground

The largest industrial park in the world is in an unlikely place.
Posted In: kansas city, usps, cheese

Priority Bicycle's quest to build a better bike

Why Dave Weiner left a technology career to reinvent the bicycle.
Posted In: bicycles, product sourcing, kickstarter

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