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 (5,180)

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.
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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

Why Chuck E. Cheese wants 7 billion prize tickets shredded

Sep 17, 2020
The restaurant chain, in bankruptcy proceedings, has an excess-paper-prize-ticket problem amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The restaurant chain’s parent company asked a bankruptcy court for permission to have "enough tickets to fill approximately 65 40-foot cargo shipping containers" destroyed.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

"It's been busier than ever": What's behind LA's real estate resurgence

Sep 17, 2020
The pandemic has surprisingly become a busy time for this mortgage broker.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Libraries and social services go hand and hand, especially in the pandemic

Sep 16, 2020
We check in with a Tennessee librarian whose staff is helping patrons with computers and virtual schooling.
"I want to see the library lively. I want to see the programs back," says Jennifer Pearson, director of the Marshall County Memorial Library. Above, she stands in the middle of her staff.
Courtesy of Jennifer Pearson.

Black women are thriving in Detroit's business ecosystem

Sep 14, 2020
Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country, says Courtney McCluney of Cornell, despite having fewer resources.
People from Detroit "really have all the gusto to be great entrepreneurs," says Courtney McCluney of Cornell.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Finding a COVID-19 test site for kids can be a struggle

Sep 10, 2020
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal talks to Sarah Kliff at The New York Times about finding a COVID-19 test site for toddlers, and why free tests can still end up on an invoice.
A boy receives a free COVID-19 test at a St. John’s Well Child Family Center mobile clinic in South Los Angeles.
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