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 (5,175)

Why this CEO went public with her coming out experience

Oct 22, 2020
CEO Wynne Nowland talks about announcing her transition at work, and how it exceeded her greatest expectations.
Wynne Nowland, CEO of Melville, New York-based insurance and financial services company Bradley & Parker.
Courtesy of Bradley & Parker

What would delayed election results mean for the economy?

Oct 22, 2020
The results from the election could remain uncertain for weeks. "And uncertainty is generally really bad for economy activity," said Brookings' Wendy Edelberg.
Even with record-breaking early voting, it could take some time to know who won the presidential election this year.
Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

"You work twice as hard to make half as much”

Oct 21, 2020
For Puerto Rico’s restaurant industry, COVID-19 is just the latest in a series of challenges.
Chef María Mercedes Grubb and her brother John Mercedes, outside their restaurant Gallo Negro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gallo Negro's original location closed in December 2019.
Courtesy of María Mercedes Grubb

How COVID-19 changed this U.S. clothing manufacturer

Oct 19, 2020
Los Angeles-based Lefty Production Co. became a PPE manufacturer to remain essential. But will the need for U.S.-made masks and gowns remain?
Above, a worker at Lefty Production in Los Angeles. CEO Marta Miller thinks brands ordering less inventory in the wake of the pandemic could help drive American manufacturing.
Ira Joffe, courtesy of Lefty Production Co.

What you need to know about Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

And what happens when the PEUC program expires at the end of the year?
People lining up to file unemployment claims in Calexico, California, in July.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

How Broadway is keeping busy, nearly 7 months into shutdown

Oct 5, 2020
"It's hard to stay hopeful of all the things that we need to get live theater back," Broadway producer Eva Price told Kai Ryssdal.
Broadway producer Eva Price at Sardi's restaurant in New York City.
Maria Hollenhorst/Marketplace

Canada’s tourist-driven PNE pivots to hosting film production

Oct 1, 2020
The Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver has had a devastating 2020. Could displaced Hollywood film production help keep it afloat?
An aerial of the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Courtesy of PNE

How COVID-19 repurposed city streets

Sep 30, 2020
“If you ran a business, and you didn't update the way that you use your assets for 50 or 60 years, you'd probably be out of business,” said Seleta Reynolds, the general manager of the LA Department of Transportation.
People enjoy a newly added outdoor dining area created by the city partially blocking a main boulevard.  “My big challenge now is, how do I make this permanent?” said Seleta Reynolds, the general manager of the LA Department of Transportation.
Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

Why this CEO is having her employees tested for COVID-19 every other week

Sep 29, 2020
"I saw how hard it was, and I don't want anybody to go through that," said Farmgirl Flowers CEO Christina Stembel.
A worker insde Farmgirl Flowers' distribution and fulfillment center in Watsonville, California.
Courtesy of Farmgirl Flowers

Atlanta Fed President Bostic on our "less-than economy"

Sep 28, 2020
While Amazon and Home Depot are doing well, small businesses are not. "There really is a split going on, and disparities are getting wider," he says.
"We're going to let evidence show that inflation is starting to get out of control" instead of trying to preempt it, says Raphael Bostic, president of the Federal Bank of Atlanta.
Courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta