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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

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 from Kai (4,991)

The Fed may have been wrong about the economy for years

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Dec 11, 2019
2019 saw a major shift in monetary policy. Does that mean the Fed has been wrong about the economy for years?
Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks following the final FOMC meeting of 2019.
Alex Wong/Getty

From metalhead to Latin music mogul

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Dec 10, 2019
Criteria Entertainment CEO Diana Rodriguez learned the music business in Colombia before becoming the first woman to head a U.S Latin label.
Courtesy of Criteria Entertainment

Why one children's company is betting on cultural pride

by Kai Ryssdal, Andie Corban, and Maria Hollenhorst Dec 9, 2019
The co-founders of Encantos Media want to make diverse kids' content for multicultural families like theirs.
Steven Wolfe Pereira and Susie Jaramillo at Encantos Media's Manhattan office.
Maria Hollenhorst/Marketplace

For better or worse, Amazon is everywhere in Baltimore

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Dec 6, 2019
From warehouses to web services, Amazon dominates business in Baltimore.
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

What new import tariffs mean for one American steel company

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 5, 2019
"People are scrambling to buy steel," said Lisa Goldenberg, president of Delaware Steel Co.
Brazilian and Argentinian steel on the way to the United States got 25% more expensive after the president's tweet.
Daniel McNew/Getty Images

Why e-books make things complicated for libraries

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 4, 2019
Digital books are more expensive than physical books and create logistical challenges for libraries.
A librarian displays a recently-arrived e-book at the Chicago Public Library in 2000.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images
Kai Explains

Should we be paying closer attention to weekly unemployment claims?

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 4, 2019
"It's really a measure, I think, of worker confidence in the economy," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
Some states require unemployment insurance claims be filed in person.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

For a British honey shop, Brexit uncertainty still looms

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Dec 4, 2019
Holiday sales will help From Field and Flower, but Brexit could bring tariffs of up to 40%.
Samantha Wallace sources most of her honey from small producers in Europe. Above, worker bees process honey while others seal the honeycomb full of honey with white wax.
Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

In a currency war, everyone loses

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Dec 2, 2019
When countries tried to undercut each other to gain a trade advantage between world wars, it led to global inflation, a University of Michigan professor says.
A U.S. dollar and Brazilian two real note.
Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

The suburban office park is making a comeback

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 2, 2019
Many are adding modern amenities like cafes and open offices to attract workers.
A suburban neighborhood north of San Diego, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

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