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 (5,473)

Keeping above the subprime mess

Jun 10, 2008
Banks have made bad decisions and lost billions in the credit crunch. Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf talks about how his bank has been riding out the subprime storm.

Horse racing's running on slower track

Jun 6, 2008
Attention will be on the Belmont Stakes on Saturday as Big Brown tries to capture the Triple Crown. But thoroughbred racing's not what it used to be. Attendance is down and the money wagered has dropped $1 billion in five years. Kai Ryssdal reports.

Week on Wall Street

Jun 6, 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.

Talent agents for the YouTube era

May 27, 2008
Put something popular up on YouTube? Might be time to find an agent. Kai visits United Talent Agency's online division in Hollywood to learn about digital representation.

Device lets you try your hand at music

May 23, 2008
A new musical invention for the masses called Beamz is following the popularity of the video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Sharper Image has just released the new laser music maker. Kai Ryssdal tries it out with G4's Kevin Pereira.

Week on Wall Street

May 23, 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.

Fuel costs could bring down airlines

May 21, 2008
Reacting to higher fuel prices, American Airlines is retiring dozens of less fuel-efficient planes, laying off thousands of workers and charging passengers to check bags. Kai Ryssdal talks with former airline executive Howard Putnam about airlines' future.

A few moments of ZENN

May 20, 2008
Automotive writer Dan Neil and Kai Ryssdal go for a quiet spin around downtown L.A. in one of the newest electric automobiles, the ZENN (Zero Emissions No Noise).

McCain, GOP have a cash-flow problem

May 20, 2008
John McCain and the Republican Party are going to take on the eventual Democratic winner with a lot less cash than the GOP is used to. Politico writer Jeanne Cummings shares the details with Kai Ryssdal.

Reinventing a 170-year-old company

May 19, 2008
A.G. Lafley heads Procter & Gamble, the biggest consumer products company in the world, earning $82 billion a year. But eight years ago, it was a different story when he took the top spot. He talks about making changes to struggling brands.