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 (5,494)

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.

SEC reports on rating agencies

Jul 8, 2008
The SEC has released a report on the agencies that gave high marks to subprime securities. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Marketplace's Amy Scott about the agency's latest efforts to clean up the ratings business.

Fed plans new loan rules

Jul 8, 2008
To protect borrowers from the kind of subprime lending practices that led to the mortgage crisis, the Fed is planning new regulations. Host Kai Ryssdal shares Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks.

GM looks at cutting jobs, brands

Jul 7, 2008
While Ford and Chrysler have been downsizing, General Motors has stayed with the bigger-is-better mindset. But that might be changing. The Wall Street Journal's John Stoll explains to host Kai Ryssdal.

Deflating the oil bubble

Jun 16, 2008
Congress is calling regulators to task for runaway oil prices. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with former commodity regulator Michael Greenberger about ways to keep tabs on speculation.

The family feud that changed sports

Jun 13, 2008
The Puma shoe brand was born when the brothers who founded Adidas split in a dispute that divided their family. Kai Ryssdal talks with "Sneaker Wars" author Barbara Smit about how the family feud behind the two powerhouses shaped the face of global sports.

The reanimation of Pixar

Jun 12, 2008
Kai Ryssdal talks to author David Price about animation studio Pixar's transformation from failing computer company to Hollywood darling.

SEC offers rating agency reforms

Jun 11, 2008
Rating agencies are being blamed for giving high marks to bonds backed by subprime mortgages. Marketplace's Amy Scott talks to Kai Ryssdal about the SEC's attempts to reform the system.

Colombia trade deal stalled in Congress

Jun 11, 2008
The Colombian free trade deal awaits a vote in Congress two years after the president's signature. Kai Ryssdal talks with Colombian Trade Minister Luis Plata about the agreement.