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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 (4,968)

Kai Explains

Where do earnings expectations come from?

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Oct 29, 2019
Analysts estimate how a company will perform.
A trader works during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange,
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images
The Big Book

The art of the airline map

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Oct 29, 2019
Original airline maps made flying all the more glamorous.

One Californian pie shop's place in the global economy

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Oct 28, 2019
From doing business in Japan, to concerns about NAFTA and the trade war in China, this American company has its eye trained on the bigger picture.
Bridget Bodnar/Marketplace

The barter economy behind major art museums

by Bennett Purser and Kai Ryssdal Oct 28, 2019
The Louvre spent 10 years negotiating with other museums to mount the largest Leonardo da Vinci exhibit ever. Here's a look inside the process.
People take pictures of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne" at the opening of the Louvre's exhibition in Paris on Oct. 22.
Francois Guillot/AFP via Getty Images

Distributor US Foods wants to put its own items on the menu, CEO says

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Oct 25, 2019
The company is one of the largest food service suppliers in the country. But to stand out in a competitive field, it's coming up with recipes, too.
"Logistics is a very important part of what we do," US Foods CEO Pietro Satriano says. "We have 6,000 trucks on the road."
Courtesy of US Foods

How Los Angeles Football Club became one of the hottest tickets in LA

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Oct 24, 2019
Five years ago, LAFC had an eight-person fan club. Now, the team sells out each home game.
Fans of Los Angeles FC cheer during the first half of a game between the Seattle Sounders and the Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium on April 21, 2019
Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
The Big Book

You wouldn't recognize Disney without the work of these women

by Bridget Bodnar and Kai Ryssdal Oct 23, 2019
A new book details the rise and fall of female animators and storytellers in the early days of Walt Disney Studios.
Portrait of Retta Scott working on Bambi
Ben Worcester

WeWork strikes a deal to save itself

by Bennett Purser and Kai Ryssdal Oct 22, 2019
Japanese conglomerate SoftBank will take control, ousting co-founder Adam Neumann.
Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Kai Explains

What do changes in the stock market actually mean?

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Oct 22, 2019
"It's not as simple as it might seem," said Andrea Eisfeldt of UCLA.
A trader exiting the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in April 2013.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
The Big Book

The real reason our workplaces aren't getting more diverse

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Oct 22, 2019
Companies and institutions have invested billions in making themselves more diverse. So why isn't it working?
Though billions of dollars have been invested in expanding workplace diversity, those programs often fail. Above, an office building in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Olson/Getty Images