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 (5,143)

Ron Howard on his documentary 'Rebuilding Paradise'

Jul 30, 2020
The director trained his lens on the people of Paradise, California, whose lives were transformed after their town was ravaged by fire.
A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, California, in November 2018.
Noah Berger

Navigating the pandemic when “every decision is an individual decision”

Jul 27, 2020
With mixed messaging coming from the government, community college dean Derrick Lindstrom says acting appropriately comes down personal choices.
Community college Dean Derrick Lindstrom with his wife, Christina, kids Ella and Charles, and dog Lucie.
Courtesy Derrick Lindstrom

If the U.S. economy gets sick, other countries could catch 'pneumonia'

Jul 23, 2020
The U.S. health crisis isn't just depressing the national economy. The global economy could feel it, too.
A "Detour" sign outside the offices of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. The economic downturn in the United States is likely to hurt the global economy, says economist Susan M. Collins of the University of Michigan.
Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Where did all the coins go?

Jul 22, 2020
The Federal Reserve is hoping a task force can solve the shortage of change in the economy.
Due to the shortage of U.S. coins, many cashiers are asking customers to use exact change.
Photo by Brad Lee/AFP via Getty Images

How the decline of Black-owned insurance firms widened the wealth gap

Jul 20, 2020
Many of the agencies survived the Great Depression but later died out. Their loss meant less money invested into Black communities.
Moyo Studios

For some, navigating the pandemic is like “walking on a sheet of ice”

Jul 16, 2020
Tax accountant Michael Durant is seeing his small business clients through a storm, but facing another at home.
Certified Public Accountant Michael Durant said trying to survive the pandemic is "like walking on a sheet of ice" for some of his small business clients. "You're just trying to get to the other side and hoping that it maintains," he said.
Friso Gentsch/DPA/AFP via Getty Images

Some of Twitter's biggest accounts got hacked. It could have been much worse.

Jul 16, 2020
Zeynep Tufekci, a technology and society expert at the University of North Carolina, hopes the hacks on Obama, Gates and others act as a wake-up call ahead of the election.
Twitter's logo outside the New York Stock Exchange in 2013. Wednesday's hacks demonstrate the high level of risk associated with the messaging service.
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Lime's plan to ride the pandemic to profitability

Jul 15, 2020
Wayne Ting, the CEO of Lime, tells us how the micro-mobility company is adapting to meet riders in their new normal.
The Lime logo on a scooter. CEO Wayne Ting says users have been taking longer trips in residential neighborhoods.
Courtesy of Lime

How clothing can be a 'tool of resistance'

Jul 14, 2020
From the suffragette movement to the Black Panther Party and "Black Lives Matter” T-shirts worn by protesters today, social movements and clothing go hand in hand.
Protesters with "Black lives matter" T-shirts at the San Francisco Hall of Justice in 2014.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

For a Honduran textile factory, the pandemic means uncertainty

Jul 14, 2020
Amid the global pandemic, even supply chains get sick. The director of a polyester yarn factory in Honduras describes how COVID-19 is affecting business.
People queue at a crowded market in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The pandemic has caused problems for the Honduran textile industry, which exports goods to the United States.
Orlando Sierra/AFP via Getty Images