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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 (4,926)

Corner Office

Sumner Redstone: Staying on top

by Kai Ryssdal May 15, 2006
In our continuing series of interviews with corporate leaders, "Conversations From the Corner Office," Kai Ryssdal discusses strategy, and fish tanks, with the chairman of Viacom and CBS.
Corner Office

Sumner Redstone: "Content is king"

by Kai Ryssdal May 15, 2006
Kai Ryssdal talks with the CBS and Viacom chairman about his more than 50 years in the media business and how he's stayed on top for so long.
Sumner Redstone, seated, and from left, Elizabeth M.Daley, Steven Spielberg, Frank Price, George Lucas and C.L. Max Nikias attend the dedication of the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building at the University of Southern California in 2013 in Los Angeles.
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When the only thing left to say is 'I'm sorry'

by Kai Ryssdal May 10, 2006
A public apology is something of a ritual when companies are caught misbehaving. Paul Slansky tells host Kai Ryssdal about some of those apologies from the book he co-wrote called "My Bad."

Alternative fuel not so new

by Kai Ryssdal May 1, 2006
With gas prices so high, host Kai Ryssdal talks to our Pulitzer Prize-winning auto critic Dan Neil about green technologies. Where has the auto industry been? And where is it going?

All the problems in China

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 20, 2006
Chinese President Hu Jintao met President Bush today in Washington. Intellectual property protection was discussed, but the Chinese government is unlikely to do much to quell the problem, piracy expert Andrew Mertha tells host Kai Ryssdal. That's because China has…
Corner Office

Charles Schwab: Putting himself out front

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 15, 2006
Kai Ryssdal talks with Charles Schwab about the evolution of the discount brokerage business and how he came to be the face of the company.
Corner Office

Mattel's Bob Eckert on what makes a good toy

by Kai Ryssdal Feb 14, 2006
Toymakers are in New York this week, showing off their wares at the industry's big annual trade show. Kai Ryssdal talks with Mattel CEO Bob Eckert about what makes a good toy, and why such a fun business can be…
Corner Office

Mattel's Bob Eckert on running the world's biggest toy company

by Kai Ryssdal Feb 10, 2006
The toy industry's big trade show gets down to business in New York this weekend. Meanwhile, in our new series "Conversations from the Corner Office," Kai talks with Mattel's CEO Bob Eckert about the perks and responsibilities of running the…
Corner Office

Southwest's Gary Kelly on building a corporate culture

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 31, 2006
In the first installment of our new segment "Conversations from the Corner Office," Kai talks with Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly about building a corporate culture, and why the customer isn't necessarily always right.
China 2006

How many people does it take to make radio?

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 14, 2006
So it occurs to me…as we’re wait to check in for our flight to Chongqing…that you might not be aware of who’s here actually helping the show get on...