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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 from Kai (5,024)

Another big delay for Airbus

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 3, 2006
EADS has confirmed that delivery of its flagship Airbus A380 will be delayed until the second half of 2007. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Financial Times reporter Doug Cameron about the possible consequences.

Building a cheaper workforce

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 2, 2006
Wal-Mart is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible workforce by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more workers on nights and weekends. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to New York Times reporter Steve Greenhouse.

Taking a (tax) break in Puerto Rico

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 29, 2006
A great example of how companies are getting even more creative looking for tax breaks? The pharmaceutical industry's presence in Puerto Rico. Kai Ryssdal talks about it with Jill Barshay of Congressional Quarterly.

HP drama unfolds on Capitol Hill

by Ashley Milne-Tyte and Kai Ryssdal Sep 28, 2006
Hewlett-Packard execs reported to Washington today for a Congressional hearing into the company's pretexting scandal. We take a look at the day's events and the legality — or illegality — of the practice that's caused the stir.

No hedging: Amaranth is on the way out

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 27, 2006
There's word today that the hedge fund that bet on natural gas prices and lost $6 billion will sell off bits of its company and pay off angry investors.

Chaos as business plan

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 26, 2006
Google expends a lot of human energy on products that don't always make it. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Fortune Magazine's Adam Lashinsky about the company's strategy that embraces risk and failure.

How to make ads stick

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 25, 2006
More than $300 billion is spent on advertising every year, with about a third of it considered wasted. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to author Rex Briggs about the secrets of today's advertising world.

Big business at the Ryder Cup

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 21, 2006
This year's Ryder Cup at the K Club in Ireland is expected to turn a profit of about $20 million. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Ed Derse about the business side of the golf tournament.

Making globalization work

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 20, 2006
Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz speaks to host Kai Ryssdal about what's wrong with globalization as it stands today — and what governments can do to fix it.

A non-profit drug company — genius

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 19, 2006
The MacArthur Foundation announced its "genius grants" today. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to winner Victoria Hale, who founded a non-profit drug company that researches drugs for developing nations.