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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.

Latest Stories from Kai (5,014)

Is the U.S. economy rigged?

by Kai Ryssdal, Katherine Wiles, and Bennett Purser Jan 9, 2020
According to a new survey from Pew Research Center, seven in 10 Americans think the economic system favors the powerful.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, one of the biggest recent protests against economic inequality in the U.S.
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The relationship between drug companies and jails

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Jan 9, 2020
Incarcerated people form a large market for pharmaceutical companies. The ethics of that relationship can be complicated.
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How potential trade deals could affect farmers

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Jan 8, 2020
Illinois farmer Brian Duncan is hopeful about business in 2020 as the USMCA and a trade deal with China move forward.
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Iran tensions sent global markets into a frenzy. They were quick to rebound.

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 8, 2020
Is this cause for optimism? Not so fast, says one expert.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on January 08, 2020 in New York City.
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How the nation's top economists view sexism and racism in their field

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 7, 2020
The latest meeting of the American Economic Association confronted some hard truths.
Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke have both served as Federal Reserve Board Chairs during the Obama Administration. Yellen will also soon replace Bernanke as the President of the American Economic Association.
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The Big Book

Is your email etiquette up to snuff?

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jan 7, 2020
We talked to a digital etiquette expert.
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Kai Explains

Why sometimes big news does not move the stock market

by Maria Hollenhorst and Kai Ryssdal Jan 7, 2020
Was it a predictable event? Then Wall Street's reaction might already be "priced in."
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Iran's painful economic reality

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 6, 2020
A George Washington University professor emeritus explains the consequences of 40 years of sanctions.
Young girls in Tehran walk in front of a mural showing the Iranian flag in April.
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Behind LA's fast fashion, factory workers go unpaid

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Dec 23, 2019
The company Fashion Nova is facing criticism for its work with factories with poor labor conditions.
A mannequin seen at a Fashion Nova party in Los Angeles, California.
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LA mayor on homelessness, infrastructure and deciding not to run in 2020

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Dec 23, 2019
How is the nation's second-largest city thinking about its two biggest problems?
Eric Garcetti has been LA Mayor for the past six years. Above, "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal and Garcetti chat in the official mayor's residence, the Getty House.
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