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 (5,130)

Is responsibility in a Google search?

Feb 12, 2007
Mainline media companies are objecting to ties Google has with some less-than-reputable downloading websites. Matthew Karnitschnig had the story in today's Wall Street Journal. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.

Chavez continues nationalization plan

Feb 9, 2007
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's government agreed to buy AES subsidiary La Electricidad de Caracas for $800 million. AES valued it at $2.6 billion. Kai Ryssdal talks with economic journal editor Robert Bottome about the deal.

Week on Wall Street

Feb 9, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

U.S. takes new steps in North Korea talks

Feb 8, 2007
As part of their six-party negotiations with North Korea, the U.S. may be considering easing some banking sanctions. Kai Ryssdal talks with Marketplace's Scott Tong from Shanghai about the ongoing talks.

Congress revisits foreign investment rules

Feb 7, 2007
Congress failed to pass several bills restricting foreign investment after the United Arab Emirates tried to purchase the Dubai Ports. Kai Ryssdal reviews the compromise on foreign deals the House is now considering.

Old media seeks upside of downloads

Feb 7, 2007
From the head of NBC bashing YouTube to Amazon selling movies through TiVo, old media are still adapting to new technologies. Kai Ryssdal discusses the ongoing download battle with Marketplace's Bob Moon.

Low pay amid the height of luxury

Feb 6, 2007
Yale sociologist Rachel Sherman did some hands-on research into what it's like to work in a low-wage job at a five-star hotel. She talks with Kai Ryssdal about her experience.

NBC looks to new generation with Zucker

Feb 5, 2007
NBC Universal is expected to name Jeff Zucker as its new CEO. He's been running NBC's television group. Daily Variety's Joe Adalian talks with Kai Ryssdal about what the change means for the media conglomerate.

Is figure skating in a death spiral on TV?

Feb 1, 2007
What was once television gold has moved down the podium a bit. Business-of-sports analyst Diana Nyad talks with Kai Ryssdal about figure skating's melting popularity with TV audiences.

Dreaming in Code

Jan 29, 2007
Software projects like Microsoft's Windows Vista are notoriously late getting to market. Salon.com co-founder Scott Rosenberg has a new book on the perils of software programming. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.