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

NBA players overworked?

Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Diana Nyad about the beginning of the NBA season and whether top pro players should be called on to represent the U.S. at international competitions.
Posted In: Sports

We've got mail

Host Kai Ryssdal digs through the Marketplace mailbag to share some recent comments from our listeners.

North Korea back at the table

The U.S. and China announced today that North Korea has agreed to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Michael Moran from the Council of Foreign Relations about the surprising development.
Posted In: Canada

Nigeria's oil curse

Protesters yesterday shut down an oil pumping station in the Niger Delta. It's one of the richest oil regions in the world, but residents don't benefit much. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to documentary filmmaker Sandy Cioffi who just returned from the area.
Posted In: Canada

Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal talks with Kim Clark, personal finance columnist for U.S. News and World Report, about the week on Wall Street and what's ahead for the markets.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Willing, not ready for flu outbreak

A Harvard University poll found that most Americans would stay home during a bird flu pandemic — and take a huge financial hit. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to professor Robert Blendon about the study.
Posted In: Health

<a href=http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/frozenassets/frozenassets_ryssdal_byers.html>Thaw could deliver new shipping route</a>

Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with international politics professor Michael Byers about the future of Canada and international shipping in a world with an ice-free Northwest Arctic shipping passage.
Posted In: Canada

Not what he dreamed of

Charles McPhee turned his curiousity about dreams into a personality seven years ago. He called himself the Dream Doctor and started hosting a call-in radio show. But back in May callers started asking about something else. Kai Ryssdal reports.
Posted In: Health

Panama considers wider, deeper appeal for canal

Panamanians vote Sunday on a government proposal to spend $5 billion on expanding the Panama Canal. The project would allow the newest and biggest ships. Kai Ryssdal talks about the plan with Carlos Barnes of Caterpiller &mdash; the bulldozer company.
Posted In: Canada

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street


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