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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.

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What America's hunger crisis may look like after pandemic relief ends

Jul 28, 2021
Feeding America’s CEO expects a greater need for food assistance, but the pandemic created a "keener understanding" of hunger, she says.
A volunteer prepares donated groceries for food-insecure families. Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, says there may be a "spike in need" for food assistance later this year.
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Sallie Krawcheck on what the pandemic means for women's finances

Jul 27, 2021
The CEO of Ellevest and former Wall Street executive says the pandemic has widened the gender wealth gap.
"It's exactly someone like me who should be using my privilege ... in order to build this," Sallie Krawcheck says of Ellevest, her digital financial company for women.
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How the pandemic altered the art and science of “menu engineering”

Jul 26, 2021
From QR codes to delivery apps, a menu specialist weighs in on the rise of digital menus.
A QR code menu for a Mexico City restaurant. “Here in 2021 … we can start to build our digital menus a little bit better with what we learned from the pandemic,” says menu engineer Sean Willard.
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Is fast fashion catching up to real time?

Jul 22, 2021
Shein, a fast-growing, China-based clothing brand, relies on a “real-time fashion” model that slashes the time from design to production.
Expanding Chinese clothing brand Shein prioritizes its web presence. Its "real-time fashion" model enables it to capture opportunities quickly.
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"We're in it for the long game": After extended shutdown, Broadway producer plans for reopening

Jul 21, 2021
Kai Ryssdal speaks with Eva Price outside "Jagged Little Pill's" theater. She hasn't been inside since the pandemic started.
The Broadhurst Theatre in January, after being closed nearly a year. "Jagged Little Pill" is expected to resume performances in the fall.
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What does equitable infrastructure look like in communities of color?

Jul 20, 2021
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Christopher Tyson about the history behind urban renewal projects and the role of the public sector in rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
An aerial view overlooking the financial district of downtown Baton Rouge is shown. Christopher Tyson, president and CEO of Build Baton Rouge, is advocating for public investment in infrastructure to promote equity.
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How TikTok is becoming a powerful consumer marketing tool

Jul 16, 2021
The app can cause certain products to blow up overnight, Vox's internet culture reporter Rebecca Jennings says.
According to Vox senior reporter Rebecca Jennings, viral videos on TikTok are playing an increasingly important role in the stuff people buy.
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Lagging care economy "makes us uncompetitive," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says

Jul 15, 2021
Raimondo discusses the infrastructure packages moving through Congress and the semiconductor chip shortage.
"If we're able to land the plane on these packages, it'll be a great day in America," says Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo about the Biden administration's infrastructure plan.
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On the intersection of shipping containers, food halls and economic development

Jul 14, 2021
Barney Santos, founder of BLVD MRKT in Montebello, California, hopes to help revitalize the local economy with a food hall made out of repurposed shipping containers.
Barney Santos, founder of BVLD MRKT food hall in Montebello, California, wants to help revitalize the local economy.
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To understand the Fed’s bond-buying dilemma, picture a lake

Jul 13, 2021
A Columbia Business School professor explains quantitative easing and the Feds' $120 billion per month bond-buying program with an analogy.
If water on a lake is too low, boats can't go from one side to the other smoothly. "The Fed is basically adding some water in that lake to keep the liquidity — or to keep the water — from completely drying out,” says Yiming Ma of Columbia Business School.
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