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

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Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street
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Nigeria's election may move a continent

Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation and biggest oil producer. So its presidential election this weekend will have an impact throughout the continent. Kai Ryssdal talks about it with Africa expert Michael Watts.
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Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street
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There's green in going green

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman thinks environmentalism needs a makeover — and it can be good for American business. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship
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Our very own vending-machine price index

Here are the latest economic indicators from our office vending machine: corn chips, up 10%; soda, up a dime; tiny donuts, up 30 cents! So we called economist Dan Basse to find out what's going on.
Posted In: Retail
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U.S. troops to be away from home longer

Defense Secretary Robert Gates today extended the deployments of U.s. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kai Ryssdal talked with national security expert Gordon Adams about the change.
Posted In: Washington
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We may be taking some hits from free trade

Electronics and India are forcing economists to rethink some of their assumptions about free trade. One of them, Alan Blinder, talked with Kai Ryssdal about the impact on jobs and the U.S. economy.
Posted In: Canada, Jobs
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If it looks like a cartel and acts like a <nobr>cartel . . .</nobr>

The world's largest natural gas exporters are considering working more closely together to set prices. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, correspondent for The Economist, discusses potential impacts with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Canada
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Poor first to feel global warming's effects

A U.N. report warns poor countries will be hit hardest with famine, fresh water shortages, and coastal flooding unless global warming is slowed. Solving the problem will require a huge infusion of cash from Western nations.
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The Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal discusses the week that was on Wall Street with stock broker and business analyst David Johnson.
Posted In: Wall Street

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