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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

The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. According to the Fed, daily hotel room rates in Southern California have risen to pre-recession levels.

Highlights from the Fed's beige book

It brims with economic tidbits on such things as hotel rates and e-commerce.
Posted In: The Fed, Beige Book, Thanksgiving, hotels, e-commerce
Outside view of the Sony headquarters building in Tokyo.

The Sony cyber-attack: Whodunit?

Could North Korea have carried out the hack against Sony Pictures? Probably not, says an observer who offers another theory.
Posted In: Sony, hacking, security, cybersecurity

York & Fig: Marc Maron on Highland Park

A chat with comedian, podcaster, writer and Highland Park resident Marc Maron.
Posted In: gentrification, highland park
A Union Bank in Highland Park, 1959.

York & Fig: Exploring the economics of gentrification

The reason behind Marketplace's first pop-up bureau? The opportunity to study gentrification in a Los Angeles neighborhood called Highland Park.
Posted In: gentrification, highland park
The organic produce stand in the Shop & Save Market grocery store in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Americans go organic but aren't sure what that means

Consider the power of idealistic consumption.
Posted In: organic food, organic, GMOS
Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Hackers target the healthcare industry

The cyber-criminals seem to be looking for information that could affect the stock market.
Posted In: health care, cybersecurity
Plates of buffalo wings are stacked up before the gorging begins at an annual Wing Bowl competition in Philadelphia.

On Turkey Day eve, have we reached peak chicken?

Some traders are betting that stock in American chicken producers can only go down from here.
Posted In: turkey, chicken, Thanksgiving
A JetBlue aircraft prepares to land at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. in May 2014.

Flight school: JetBlue to offer educational videos

By the end of the year, the airline plans to provide you with an eggheaded excuse to avoid talking to the passenger next to you.
Posted In: JetBlue, Online classes, airplace, flying, Education

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