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 (5,472)

Nigeria a valued but risky oil source

Jul 16, 2008
In his continuing series of interviews on oil prices, host Kai Ryssdal talks with Fareed Mohamedi of PFC Energy about how Nigeria's production of about 2 million barrels of crude a day affects what we pay at the gas pump.

Programming for hearts and minds

Jul 16, 2008
Showtime CEO Matt Blank talks about the network's chances in the new television landscape and life as part of the broadcast giant CBS.

After Fannie and Freddie, what next?

Jul 15, 2008
The Treasury and the Fed are helping out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with another line of credit, access to special loans and maybe even buying their stock. Financial analyst Karen Shaw Petrou talks with Host Kai Ryssdal about what still needs to be done.

Week on Wall Street

Jul 11, 2008
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

What's the plan for Fannie and Freddie?

Jul 11, 2008
Rumors and conflicting reports are flying about what the government may do to prop up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Marketplace's Bob Moon explains the mixed signals that have investors worried about another crisis in the mortgage meltdown.

Shoppers look to local stores

Jul 10, 2008
High gas prices have small town residents skipping the commute to warehouse stores and opting to shop closer to home. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Jim Lottes about the increase in business at his Missouri grocery store.

Bernanke, Paulson ask for more powers

Jul 10, 2008
The Fed Chairman and Treasury Secretary were on Capitol Hill asking Congress for stronger regulatory powers to prevent another large investment bank from collapsing. Host Kai Ryssdal runs through their remarks.

Candidates search for election funds

Jul 9, 2008
John McCain still trails Barack Obama in fundraising, but may find help from an array of independent groups. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Politico's Jeanne Cummings about where the campaigns will turn for money in this election.

SEC works to rein in raters

Jul 9, 2008
The SEC is revamping the way credit rating agencies hand out scores after several gave high marks to risky securities. Host Kai Ryssdal asks SEC Chairman Christopher Cox about efforts to rein in raters.

China scrambles to the finish line

Jul 8, 2008
With just 30 days until the opening ceremonies, there are still a lot of cranes working over Beijing. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Marketplace's Lisa Chow how much work is left to prepare the city for the big event.