Kai Ryssdal

Host and senior editor


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 (5,133)

Sitting on the news

May 8, 2007
Most of the us found out about Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion bid for Dow Jones on May 1. The New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin reported today that some at the Wall Street Journal found out a bit sooner. He…

Globalization, one day at a time

May 7, 2007
In his latest book, economist Daniel Altman looks at a day in the lives of workers and businesses in the globalized economy. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about what works . . . and doesn't.

Week on Wall Street

May 4, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Study: Foul calls are often black and white

May 2, 2007
A study has found that white NBA referees call more fouls on black players, and black refs call more on white players. Allan Schwarz of The New York Times wrote a story about it. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.

Divvying up Delta shares

May 2, 2007
Having just emerged from bankruptcy, the new Delta Airlines begins life as a publicly traded company tomorrow. Our business correspondent Bob Moon sorts through the mechanics of a company getting out from under Chapter 11.

Keeping Mexicans home

May 1, 2007
While immigration is a problem for the U.S., Mexico has an emigration problem. Latin America expert Pamela Starr talks with Kai Ryssdal about the Mexican President Calderon's efforts to deal with it.

What's Murdoch's plan?

May 1, 2007
Kai Ryssdal talks with media columnist Tim Rutten of the Los Angeles Times about how Rupert Murdoch sees Dow Jones fitting into the News Corp empire.

Sharing a successful vision

Apr 30, 2007
Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield turned California Pizza Kitchen into a $500 million operation with more than 14,000 employees. The co-CEOs talked with Kai Ryssdal in our latest.

CPK Special: Half Larry, half Rick

Apr 30, 2007
Co-founders Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield are still leading California Pizza Kitchen side-by-side. Kai Ryssdal split a pizza with them recently and asked about their unusual working relationship.

Week on Wall Street

Apr 27, 2007
Marketplace's resident stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with Kai Ryssdal about this week's strong earnings reports and stock market rises.