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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

Movie posters for the premiere of the film "The Interview" at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Sony hack, dissected

Hosts Kai and Ben Johnson discuss lingering questions surrounding the Sony hack.
Posted In: sony hacks, Sony, the interview, email
Children play with a Sulley Monster Mask in a toy store.

December shores up 'mom and pop’ toy shops, for now

Kai Ryssdal talks to Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun Toy Store in Cleveland.
Posted In: mom-and-pop shops, holidays, toy stores, Retail
Freshly brewed coffee.

Coffee engineered to put you to sleep. Seriously.

Counting Sheep Coffee comes in two varieties: Bedtime Blend/40 Winks and Lights Out.
Posted In: coffee, dragon's den, Amazon, Canada
It costs 1.66 cents to make a penny.

We lost $100 million making pennies and nickels

Dreadful penny and nickel news, but cheaper copper shaves millions off the loss.
Posted In: pennies, Nickels, the mint, coins
One of Facebook's "daily average people."

Facebook 'users' are now 'people'

We're all just Facebook 'people' these days.
Posted In: Facebook
The U.S. Capitol.

Weekly Wrap: Comsumers, Congress and commodities

A discussion of highlights from the week's news.
Posted In: consumers, Congress, commodities
A loaded barge is seen near the Mississippi River port of Memphis, Tennessee, in August 2012.

Barge owner talks oil and taxes

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal checks in with barge owner Austin Golding.
Posted In: barge, Mississippi River, cheap oil
The golden arches are losing their luster: McDonald's reported a worse-than-expected decline in November global same-restaurant sales.

McDonald's sales are not so hot

The company is pushing out several changes to stay competitive with fast-casual chains.
Posted In: McDonald's, fast food
The Boardroom at the Hampshire hotel in Ballito, South Africa.

BET founder Bob Johnson wants a Rooney Rule for business

Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson says companies can diversify by taking a page from the NFL's playbook.
Posted In: diversity, workplace, office
A worker fixes the logo of German car maker BMW on a car at the company's plant in Regensburg, southern Germany.

BMW sponsors a series of articles about ... BMWs

Someone at BMW thinks way too much about car door acoustics.
Posted In: BMW, car doors, acoustics


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