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 (5,107)

Times may be tough for Iowa farmers, but planting was "gorgeous"

May 28, 2020
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal checked in with Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes.
April Hemmes on her farm in 2019.
Ben Hethcoat/Marketplace

In the coronavirus economy, consumers are saving their money

May 27, 2020
Lockdown closes doors to consumers. With spending down, 'velocity of money' is an important indicator to watch.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Could the third quarter of this year be the “fastest-growing in U.S. history”?

May 26, 2020
It depends on how you read the data, economist Megan Greene of Harvard says.
Several people in the Trump administration, including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, above, have said that there could be historic growth in the third quarter of this year.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Is social distancing possible on Broadway? A discussion with Eva Price

May 26, 2020
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with the Tony-winning producer about the future of the theater.
The Palace Theatre on the opening night of "West Side Story" in 2009.
Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

NYSE president: The stock market is "not necessarily reflective" of the economy

May 22, 2020
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with NYSE President Stacey Cunningham ahead of traders returning to the floor.
New York Stock Exchange President Stacey Cunningham speaking in 2018.
Jewel Samad/Getty Images

What we've learned so far about where the economy is headed

May 22, 2020
It’s been eight weeks since the CARES Act became law. Will the economic crisis it was meant to combat get as bad as the Great Depression?
There's still a lot that we don't know about how economic recovery will play out.
Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Travel industry to be "most dislocated" by crisis, says Booking.com CEO

May 21, 2020
The man who leads Priceline, Kayak and other sites spoke about collapsed demand and winning the war against the virus.
Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings.
(Photo courtesy of Booking Holdings)

What happens if you choose not to go back to work in Texas?

May 20, 2020
The executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission said they're making some allowances so people who choose not to go back to work keep receiving benefits.
Employment advertisements in a 2014 newspaper in Australia.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

It's suddenly a great time to be in the meal-kit business

May 19, 2020
"Our volume has increased by about 100% over the past eight weeks," Purple Carrot CEO Andy Levitt says.
A farmer works in a broccoli field in March.
Julio Cesar Aguilar/Getty Images

Chegg CEO: In the short term, COVID-19 will be "devastating" for higher ed

May 19, 2020
Dan Rosensweig, CEO of educational tech company Chegg, predicts COVID-19 will dramatically change higher education as we know it.
The campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., is seen nearly empty as classes were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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