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 (5,426)

Underground economy is booming

Apr 9, 2008
Best estimates are that about 15% to 20% of the world's economy happens off the books. Journalist Mischa Glenny takes a tour of the underground economy in his new book, "McMafia." He talks about it with Kai Ryssdal.

Are you better off than 4 years ago?

Apr 9, 2008
A new survey says most middle-class Americans are worse off financially today than they were four years ago. Kai Ryssdal talks with David Leonhardt of The New York Times about the squeeze middle-class families are feeling.

'Oracle' wants to make something clear

Apr 8, 2008
Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan has embarked on a public relations campaign as criticism of his interest rate cutting spree of earlier this decade has mounted. He says he has no regrets about any of his policies. Kai Ryssdal has more.

A fiscal squeeze might be good for you

Apr 8, 2008
Rising gas and food prices and the credit crunch may be making it harder for Americans to make ends meet. But economist Chris Ruhm says a tougher economy may also be improving the health of the population as a whole. He explains to Kai Ryssdal.

Do shareholders have any power?

Apr 8, 2008
Morgan Stanley wrote off $9.5 billion worth of subprime mortgages last quarter, so you might expect its executives to get a grilling at the annual shareholders meeting. Nope. Didn't happen. Michelle Leder of Footnoted.org discusses why that is.

Zimbabwe economy needs foreign help

Apr 7, 2008
Whoever is declared the winner of Zimbabwe's presidential election will have his hands full dealing with the nation's shattered economy. Kai Ryssdal talks with economist Tony Hawkins in Harare, Zimbabwe, about the job ahead.

Week on Wall Street

Apr 4, 2008
Kai Ryssdal chats with Kim Clark of U.S. News & World Report about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Times change, roots of crises remain

Apr 4, 2008
The Great Depression of the 1930s came about from problems in the banking system. Today's economic woes are primarily rooted in investment banks and hedge funds. Kai Ryssdal looks at how the names have changed but the underlying problems are the same.

Soros: Financial crisis worst since '30s

Apr 3, 2008
Investor and philanthropist George Soros says the financial system as we know it is broken. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book in which he offers what he calls a new paradigm for the financial markets.

Are new suits a good fit for swimming?

Apr 3, 2008
Speedo's new LZR Racer swimsuit is going to be the hottest thing in the Olympic pool this summer. Some are crediting it for the world records that have been falling during qualifying trials this spring. Diana Nyad tells Kai Ryssal more about it.