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 (5,322)

TV upfronts went virtual this year. Is that all that changed?

May 21, 2021
The answer might depend on how much advertisers spend, and where they spend it.
Mindy Kaling speaks onstage at Hulu's Upfront Presentation in 2014. Since last year, upfront presentations have gone virtual.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Hulu

Why long-term unemployment starts at 27 weeks

May 20, 2021
More than 4 million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months. Previous recessions have redefined long-term unemployment.
Kentucky residents wait in long lines for help with their unemployment claims last year.
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Between pipeline shutdown and bridge closure, it's "one thing after another" in the barge business

May 20, 2021
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal checks in with Austin Golding, president of Golding Barge Line.
An empty gas station in Arlington, Virginia last week.
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Why breaking down economic data helps create equitable policy

May 19, 2021
“I want to look at reports and see all of me,” says economist Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe.
"A first step to promoting equity in Government action is to gather the data necessary to inform that effort," Biden said in his executive order on advancing racial equity.
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Social trading apps are seeing an influx of young investors during the pandemic

May 19, 2021
Commonstock CEO David McDonough says many young people saw last year's stock-market meltdown as a wealth-creation opportunity.
The Commonstock app enables investors to share information about their holdings and market news.
Photo courtesy Megan Stinson

For this entrepreneur, the pandemic provided an opportunity to diversify children’s libraries

May 18, 2021
Faced with her child care centers closing down, Yobe Qiu turned to her passion project: writing children's books about Asian cultures.
"The books I published in the pandemic all focus on featuring Asian children, family, because the Asian community is extremely diverse," said Yobe Qiu, an entrepreneur in New York City.
Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

After a lost summer, demand for camp is "through the roof"

May 12, 2021
Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott, Arizona, reopens later this month. Families are ready to send kids back, but hiring remains a challenge.
There's a lot of pent-up demand for summer camp. Above, a summer camp in Lake Hughes, California.
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How is Broadway getting ready to reopen?

May 11, 2021
Broadway producer Eva Price says getting her show, "Jagged Little Pill," up and running again is like starting over.
New York's hushed theater district in April 2020. "Broadway has persevered for so many decades, I knew we would again," says producer Eva Price.
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

How COVID-19 might change packaging for good

May 10, 2021
“I think you've had a lot of pent-up innovation,” says Matt Reynolds, editor of Packaging World.
Cardboard overflowing recycling bins. With home delivery a big part of the lockdown experience, Matt Reynolds says consumers are "asking brands to be more aware" of container sustainability.
Maria Hollenhorst/Marketplace

Indeed CEO on hiring, remote work and who has leverage in the labor market

May 5, 2021
“There’s not really one story that explains the entire labor market,” Chris Hyams says.
The number of job postings on Indeed is 22% higher than it was before the pandemic.
Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images