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

You say potato, I say po-tah-toe... in the tech world

A poll asked folks how they pronounce tech words and the results are fascinating.
Posted In: data, remote control

Bad transactions can lead to losing your bank account

How does a man with a six-figure income have no bank account?
Posted In: Banks, debit cards

Hollywood's influence on politics

Sure, Hollywood is sometimes called "Washington's ATM," but there's more than just money involved.
Posted In: hollywood, political donors

The Groundlings: comedy's proving ground

The Groundlings has launched some of the biggest comedy in recent history.
Posted In: comedy, Groundlings

Yo, $1 million. Yo.

Yo, new app. Yo, tech bubble.
Posted In: Yo, tech bubble

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney on pushing boundaries and his biggest weakness

In this next installment of Conversations from the Corner Office, American Apparel CEO Dov Charney talks about his plans for the future.
Posted In: American Apparel, Dov Charney

Forget your wallet, text messaging is the way to go.

Kenya's M-pesa's system has revolutionized how its citizens carry and use money
Posted In: Kenya, online banking, currency

How an Illinois company does businesses in Iraq

Kai Ryssdal talks to Jason Speer, President of Quality Float Works Inc.
Posted In: Iraq, foreign business

With Iraq back again, are we just hearing re-runs?

In defense of replaying an interview with Donald Rumsfeld.
Posted In: Rumsfeld, neo-cons, Iraq

Drought in the Midwest gives cattle farmers an edge

The Midwest drought helped Ken Lenox's cattle farming business increase profit.
Posted In: cattle, missouri, farmers, drought

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