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 (5,143)

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.

New guy on government reform

Nov 8, 2006
California Congressman Henry Waxman is in line to head the Government Reform Committee now that Democrats have won control of the House. Kai Ryssdal asks him what kinds of oversight we can expect.

A new economic day in Washington

Nov 8, 2006
The leadership change in Congress will certainly affect economic policy. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to our Washington Bureau Chief John Dimsdale and reporter Hillary Wicai about the potential impact.

IAE: Build more nuclear power plants

Nov 7, 2006
For the first time in its 32-year history, the IAE has called on world governments to rely more on nuclear energy. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to The Economist magazine reporter Vijay Vaitheeswaran.

Wielding energy for political gain

Nov 6, 2006
Russia says it needs to double the price Georgia pays for natural gas. Georgia says it's being punished for friendly relations with the West. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to analyst Clifford Kupchan about Russia's energy superpower position.