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 (5,066)

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.
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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

What to watch for in Thursday's weekly unemployment claims numbers

Mar 24, 2020
"If we're believing some of the forecasts coming out from a lot of the banks, we might see numbers in the millions," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
Workers lining up for jobs circa 1950.
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Shelf Life

The legacy of the crossword puzzle in times of crisis

Mar 24, 2020
Through wars, recessions and possibly even today’s pandemic, crossword puzzles serve as an escape from hard times.
KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images
COVID-19

Ben Bernanke on COVID-19 downturn: "With help from the Federal Reserve and from the Treasury, I'm not really expecting a major financial crisis."

Mar 23, 2020
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed has to do what it can to limit the damage caused by the coronavirus.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the current downturn is "a different problem with different solutions."
Alex Wong/Getty Images

How zombie apocalypse writer Max Brooks views the COVID-19 crisis

Mar 19, 2020
Author Max brooks has drawn inspiration for his books about the zombie apocalypse from public health crises.
Max Brooks at Comic-Con in 2011.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Nasdaq CEO: "The plumbing of the markets are working very, very well"

Mar 19, 2020
Adena Friedman explains why markets should stay open, despite all the volatility.
Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq, advocates keeping markets open during volatility.
Courtesy of Nasdaq
United States of Work

The community college administrator dealing with COVID-19 disruption at work and at home

Mar 18, 2020
The disruption of education over the past few weeks affects every member of Derrick Lindstrom's family.
Caroline Yang
Shelf Life

How Samsung became one of the world's biggest tech companies

Mar 17, 2020
The South Korean company went from selling groceries in the 1930s to a market leader in technology across the globe.
A Samsung flag flying in South Korea in 2017.
Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

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