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

Weekly Wrap: Volatility, always

Kai talks with John Carney and Linette Lopez for the Weekly Wrap.
Customers exit a Starbucks location in New York, U.S.

Free Starbucks for life?

If you only plan on living another 30 years.
Posted In: starbucks, coffee, sweepsteaks

Citrus greening is hurting orange growers in Florida

The disease has no cure, and production is down in some Florida groves.
Posted In: citrus, crop, farming, Florida
The domain Ebola.com was bought in 2008 and now the owner is willing to part ways for $150,000.

You can buy ebola.com for $150,000

Jon Schultz bought the domain name for $13,500. Now he wants six figures.
Posted In: Ebola, CDC, World Health Organization, domain names

HBO is cutting the cord. Will cable survive?

Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson says cable's days may be numbered
Posted In: HBO, cable TV, television
U.S. General David Petraeus (R), commander of U.S. Central Command, greets the former president of the Center for a New American Security, John Nagl, during a conference in Washington, DC.

John Nagl says the U.S. isn't finished in Iraq

Retired Lt. Cl. John Nagl reflects on his time in the "first two" Iraq wars.
Posted In: Iraq, Iraq war, ISIL

Black Friday to start two hours earlier at Macy's

Yes, I know it's not even Halloween yet. Don't get me started.
Posted In: Macy's, Black Friday, holiday shopping

The BuzzFeed wizard who changed media as we know it

The woman who's credited for BuzzFeed's data-driven growth spills her guts.
Posted In: buzzfeed, data, media
A girl watches a video on youtube on a computer in Chisseaux near Tours, central France.

The Internet is not big enough for political ads

Whoever said 'there’s plenty of room for everyone on the Internet' was wrong.
Posted In: YouTube, Political ads, online advertising, election spending
 Members of the Knights of Columbus, take part in Columbus Day ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

Your boss doesn't care about Columbus Day

Very few businesses took the day off.
Posted In: Columbus Day, business, holiday

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