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Missed “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal on air? Catch up here! Listen now

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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FICO changes could lower 40 million credit scores

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The change in how FICO is measured could make it more expensive for millions of Americans to borrow.
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The Big Book

What happens when a robot can lay bricks?

by Bridget Bodnar and Kai Ryssdal Jan 23, 2020
The story of how a small band of inventors and engineers built a machine that could lay bricks. It's way harder than it sounds.
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How Hollywood is using AI predictions in business decisions

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 21, 2020
Although the algorithms can crunch numbers and other data, they can't quite crack creativity.
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The musician turned hologram could be the future of live entertainment

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 16, 2020
Some startups are hoping the concept reignites the music industry’s profits.
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Trump administration changes how reporters access timely economic data

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Jan 16, 2020
Lorraine Woellert of Politico predicts that the change will increase market volatility following some government reports.
A 1975 newsroom.
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What the phase one deal means for one Iowa farmer

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Jan 15, 2020
Corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes isn't sure she'll be able to regain the Chinese buyers she lost during the trade war.
An Iowa corn farm in 2015.
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For Dallas Fed president, the phase one deal is "stabilization"

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Jan 14, 2020
Robert Kaplan weighs in on how trade has shaped the central bank and where the economy is headed next.
"I think the trade dispute with China is going to go on for years," says Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
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Rep. Walorski on phase one trade deal: "the devil is in the details" for Indiana

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 14, 2020
The congresswoman says recent experience with USMCA will be useful as she advocates for her district.
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Trade showdown

Ahead of a U.S.-China trade deal, uncertainty still dominates the steel business

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 14, 2020
We look back at the chaos tariffs have inflicted on RM Metals in New Jersey.
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The Fed says the economy is in a "good place." Could it be doing more?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 9, 2020
The economy looks good on paper, but there's little the Federal Reserve can do to address economic inequality.
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