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 (5,243)

"Civil society is much more fragile than I think Americans appreciate," says outgoing FCC Chair Ajit Pai

Jan 15, 2021
Pai says Congress needs to legislate rules so that agency regulations, like net neutrality, don't swing with the leader's political affiliation.
Social media companies "do not operate by the same principles that other companies in the internet economy do," says outgoing FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
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Speech on the internet: The First Amendment and Section 230 are different

Jan 14, 2021
Private parties can decide whose speech they want to distribute. That's a First Amendment right, not a Section 230 right.
Twitter permanently suspended President Trump's account, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.
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Trump supporters gather at the U.S. Capitol prior to Wednesday's insurrection. “We have often lost sight of the fact that our biggest and most successful export is not capitalism, but is democracy,” said Kathleen Day, an expert on financial crises.
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Black farmers face a slew of systemic challenges

Jan 12, 2021
Unfair pricing and land loss are just a few reasons the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund formed decades ago.
"We've had co-ops in Mississippi that knew they got less for their collard greens then their neighbor did," Cornelius Blanding says. "So they had to form a cooperative so that they can ship their products to Chicago to get a better price. That's been a reality for Black farmers for centuries."
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Due to "stigma," companies are pulling money from Trump and the GOP

Jan 11, 2021
From JPMorgan Chase to Marriott, companies have paused political donations to Republicans (mostly) in response to last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Tiger Woods at the 2018 PGA Championship. The PGA announced it will not hold the tournament at President Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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A view of the vaccine rollout from rural America

Jan 8, 2021
Dr. Scott Anzalone, a family physician and president of the school board in Logan, Ohio, talks about pandemic challenges.
"It's tough to find someone who's willing to come into a rural community," Dr. Scott Anzalone says of finding a partner for his practice, above.
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While an insurrection shook Capitol Hill, the markets were ... fine

Jan 7, 2021
In the wake of chaos and violence in Washington, the markets soared. Here's where the disconnect comes from.
A small sign of the damage inside the U.S. Capitol. The mob assault Wednesday did not seem to disturb investors.
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What the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol means for economic recovery

Jan 6, 2021
"The highest priority that Congress has is restoring stability and creating certainty," said Wendy Edelberg of Brookings.
Supporters of President Donald Trump protest after breaking into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
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The business world hasn't quite grappled with protesters storming the U.S. Capitol

Jan 6, 2021
Sudeep Reddy, managing editor at Politico, joined Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal to discuss the events in Washington and how business leaders are reacting.
Tear gas is deployed against pro-Trump protesters attempting to enter the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The disruption of government unnerved some business leaders, who value stability.
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Bigger relief deal in a Democrat-led Senate is a "safe bet"

Jan 6, 2021
Two economists weigh in on what a Democrat-led Senate might mean for a stimulus package.
Democratic Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock, former Georgia legislator Stacey Abrams and Democratic Sen.-elect Jon Ossoff listen to President-elect Joe Biden speak during a campaign rally in Atlanta.
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