Kai Ryssdal

Host and senior editor

SHORT BIO

I speak my native tongue into a microphone.

What was your first job?

Lifeguard. (Well, that and mowing lawns.)

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Staying calm.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Don't think — just talk.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Helicopter pilot.

Latest Stories (5,473)

Farmers in the Midwest are behind on planting. That could mean lower yields come harvest.

May 19, 2022
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes is "at least two and a half weeks" behind due to wet weather.
“Of all years the world needs our commodities, this was not the year to have late planting,” says April Hemmes, a corn and soybean farmer in Iowa.
Ben Hethcoat/Marketplace

Former Chair Ben Bernanke takes long view of Federal Reserve's current challenges

May 17, 2022
“I think it's important to look back at history,” said the former leader of the U.S. central bank.
During an interview with Kai Ryssdal of "Marketplace," former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke discussed how the Federal Reserve has dealt with inflation in the past as well as its current approach.
Nancy Farghalli/Marketplace

Biden's top economic adviser makes the case for an expansive government role

Cecilia Rouse, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, discusses inflation, inequality and investing in workers and infrastructure.
Cecilia Rouse, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. “We've got a country right now where there have been winners and losers," she says, and the president wants our economic growth "to be more widely shared."
Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Fed Chair Jerome Powell: "Whether we can execute a soft landing or not, it may actually depend on factors that we don't control."

May 12, 2022
"I think the one thing we really cannot do is to fail to restore price stability," Powell told Kai Ryssdal.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, left, speaks with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Nancy Farghalli/Marketplace

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky on repositioning the company for a new era of travel

May 11, 2022
“I do think we’re popularizing or accelerating a trend,” Chesky said of Airbnb's decision to make its workforce fully remote.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and his golden retriever Sophie in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
(Courtesy Airbnb/Jessica Chou)

Is the TV industry facing a showrunner shortage?

May 10, 2022
In the writers room and elsewhere, showrunners play key roles in TV production, but changes in the entertainment industry could make them harder to find.
Shonda Rhimes, showrunner and creator of "Grey's Anatomy."
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for WGAW

What the Fed’s rate hike means for one community bank

May 5, 2022
Mortgage rates are rising, but deposit rates will lag, says Laurie Stewart, president of Sound Community Bank in Seattle.
The Belltown Branch of Sound Community Bank, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Courtesy of Sound Community Bank

The Federal Reserve plans to shrink its balance sheet. Here's what that means.

May 3, 2022
The strategy is aimed at tightening credit and easing inflation. Purdue's Cathy Zhang worries about the effects on financial markets.
The Fed's balance sheet includes government and other debt securities the central bank bought to ease credit across the economy. Chair Jerome Powell's focus has changed to easing inflation.
Samuel Corum/Getty Images

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai: Globalization 1.0 was “fragile.” Will 2.0 be more resilient?

May 2, 2022
Tai outlined what globalization 2.0 will look like and what those changes mean for the American people at the Milken Institute Global Conference.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai in conversation with Kai Ryssdal at the Milken Institute Global Conference on May 2.
Milken Institute

When it comes to inflation measures, the Federal Reserve prefers the PCE

Apr 29, 2022
For monetary officials, the personal consumption expenditures gauge beats the CPI. A trip to the grocery store helps explain why.
The personal consumption expenditures price index captures purchasing behavior better than the consumer price index, according to economists.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images