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 (5,064)

COVID-19

Shipping in the age of COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020
How a Mississippi barge business is navigating the coronavirus outbreak.
A tug pushes a barge down the Mississippi River through St. Paul, Minnesota.
Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images

What sound does a volatile stock market make?

Mar 31, 2020
We know what the data looks like. But what if we could hear it?
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COVID-19

What the Great Depression can teach us about today’s financial turmoil

Mar 31, 2020
We are facing a very different kind of financial turmoil today, but there are some lessons in looking back.
What happened during the Great Depression is very different from what is happening today, but there are some lessons in that history.
Keystone/Getty Images

Musician-writer Dessa on what happens when artists' gigs go away

Mar 30, 2020
"What are we supposed to do when we've got to stay apart?" said musician and writer Dessa.
“I think we are gonna have this big boom of art in the next few months as people are hunkering down over their keyboards,” Dessa says.
Sara Fish

Much of the economy has stopped. Rent and other payments haven't.

Mar 30, 2020
Millions of people's incomes have been reduced or disappeared completely because of COVID-19, and rent day is just around the corner.
A pedestrian walks by a San Francisco restaurant closed because of COVID-19.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
COVID-19

Dallas Fed president calls policies relief, rather than stimulus

Mar 27, 2020
Dallas Fed president Robert Kaplan joined us to discuss the many challenges ahead.
President and CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve, Robert Kaplan
Courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
COVID-19

For the gig economy, emergency aid will be crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 26, 2020
In a historic move, gig and freelance workers will qualify for unemployment benefits.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
COVID-19

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson: "The impact to people's lives will be profound."

Mar 26, 2020
The hotel industry has been decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson announced thousands of employees would be furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images
COVID-19

A hair stylist choosing between her livelihood and flattening the curve

Mar 25, 2020
Ashley Nelson wasn’t forced to stop working, but she decided to anyway.
Ashley Nelson, a hair stylist at the Collab Salon in Boise, Idaho, recently decided to stop taking appointments because of COVID-19.
Arlie Sommer

How a mortgage broker is dealing with an ailing market

Mar 25, 2020
Los Angeles mortgage broker Vivian Gueler is expecting a drop in the value of real estate.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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