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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 (5,491)

With Roe v. Wade overturned, economic disparities are poised to get worse

For millions of Americans, the loss of abortion rights may affect educational attainment and lifetime earnings for generations.
Abortion-rights activists demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday after the court's ruling was announced.
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The minivan is kind of making a comeback this summer

Jun 22, 2022
As travel picks up, the minivan is seeing a surge in popularity — and not just with families.
Looking to buy a minivan? Buckle up because prices have increased dramatically.
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Why you should care about a Supreme Court decision on the "administrative state"

Executive agencies implement laws passed by Congress. The conservative legal movement seeks to limit their power.
The court might rule this week on a case involving the Environmental Protection Agency that’s part on an ongoing legal debate about the powers of the executive branch.
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"We need to act decisively and affirmatively to get inflation under control," says Atlanta Fed president

Jun 17, 2022
Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, on why he supports this week's rate hike.
Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, speaks at an event for the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
E. M. Pio Roda / Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Things are "awesome and amazing" at this Montana mall

Jun 16, 2022
Alana Ferko explains what's new at the Butte Plaza Mall.
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When you need 70,000 pounds of paper a month and the supply chain is in chaos

Jun 15, 2022
Claudia Smukler of Mother Jones explains the unique obstacles to producing a print magazine in this economy.
Magazines require a high grade of coated paper, one that ink will lay well on.
Bennett Purser/Marketplace

What the Beveridge curve tells us about the Fed's path to a “soft landing”

Jun 14, 2022
If you want to understand the challenge of slowing inflation without damaging the labor market, picture a skateboard ramp.
The Beveridge curve appears when you plot the relationship between unfilled jobs and unemployment — it shows how those two variables move together.
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Dealing with shifts in the steel market

Jun 14, 2022
"When you take out major players, anything that destabilizes the world economy affects steel, affects all of us," says Lisa Goldenberg, president of Delaware Steel Company.
The war in Ukraine and ongoing inflation may be negatively affecting the steel market.
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What's up with celebrities and cryptocurrency?

Jun 10, 2022
"Celebrities are rich for reasons having nothing to do with their crypto investments," says Vox's Emily Stewart.
Actor Matt Damon told viewers that "fortune favors the brave" during a Super Bowl ad for Crypto.com.
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What will happen to women of color in the COVID-19 workforce?

Jun 9, 2022
“In almost every single state, the first person to be vaccinated was a woman of color,” says the 19th’s economy reporter Chabeli Carrazana.
A registered nurse vaccinates an 83-year-old woman at her home in Manchester, Connecticut, in February 2021.
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