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 (5,132)

Congress punts budget . . . again

Dec 4, 2006
The lame duck Congress has decided to leave the unfinished budget for next year. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Congressional Quarterly's Jill Barshay about what else will — and will not — get done this week.

Abe Lincoln, early adopter

Dec 1, 2006
Historian Tom Wheeler talks with host Kai Ryssdal about how President Lincoln adapted to the telegraph to speed communications, and quickly came to understand the medium's limitations.

New York Times for sale?

Nov 30, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Business Week magazine senior writer Tom Lowry about the possibility of the New York Times going private.

Shoppers, you're being watched

Nov 22, 2006
Retail analyst Brad Stephens will be among the hordes of shoppers flocking to malls this weekend — but he's not there for the bargains. Host Kai Ryssdal asks him what he's looking for.

Pumpkin wars: Deconstructing pie

Nov 22, 2006
Homemade? Store-bought? Just in time for Thanksgiving, we do the numbers on pumpkin pie. Host Kai Ryssdal and some expert Marketplace tasters give us a cost-benefit analysis.

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.