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 (5,107)

Battling the AK-47

Nov 20, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Larry Kahaner, author of a book about the AK-47. Kahaner explains the past and present significance of this deadly weapon — and why the Pentagon doesn't use it.

Sony's hopes ride on PlayStation 3

Nov 17, 2006
Gamers who waited in line for days snapped up PlayStation 3 as it went on sale today. Jeff Gerstmann at GameSpot says Sony's placing a big bet on the product.

In Vietnam, talking about Iraq

Nov 17, 2006
President Bush is in Vietnam for a meeting of APEC countries. But most of the questions sent his way in Hanoi weren't about the talks on economic cooperation.

Lessons in business and wine

Nov 16, 2006
E&J Gallo Winery President and CEO Joseph Gallo talks about the importance of opening new strategies and giving them time to breathe. More <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/segments/corneroffice/">Conversations from the Corner Office</a>

Crying foul over cable fees

Nov 16, 2006
The new NFL Network is set to air its first regular-season game on Thanksgiving night, but you might not find it on any of your cable channels. Kai Ryssdal asks sports business analyst Ed Derse what's going on.

Growing up in the wine industry

Nov 16, 2006
E.&amp; J. Gallo Winery President and CEO Joseph Gallo talks with Kai Ryssdal about learning the family business from Ernest and Julio, and passing it on. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/segments/corneroffice/">Conversations From the Corner Office</a>.

Responsible budget a real possibility?

Nov 15, 2006
The lame-duck Congress probably won't get to all the spending bills on its long to-do list. Will the new Democratic-controlled Congress be able to instill fiscal responsibility in '07? Host Kai Ryssdal asks Maya MacGuineas.

Brain drain in Iraq

Nov 14, 2006
Iraqi gunmen abducted researchers and educators in Baghdad today. Such threats have been forcing many of the best minds to leave the country. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Christian Science Monitor's Scott Peterson about the exodus of Iraq's professionals.

Big Three want help from Washington

Nov 13, 2006
U.S. automakers finally get their much-delayed meeting with President Bush tomorrow. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Marketplace's Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale what's on the agenda.

Luxury meets clean diesel technology

Nov 13, 2006
Mercedes-Benz is slated to roll out a luxury sedan that gets 35 mpg and doesn't pollute the air. Host Kai Ryssdal heads out to the parking lot with Los Angeles Times auto critic Dan Neil.