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 (5,406)

Net neutrality

Jun 16, 2006
Companies, take your corners. Phone and cable businesses on one side. Internet firms on the other. And consumers are in the middle of a fight over how the internet should be run. Kai speaks to CNET's Declan McCullagh.

Our long legacy of slackers

Jun 14, 2006
Tom Lutz talks to host Kai Ryssdal about his new book on the history of slackers in America. You know, like Benjamin Franklin.

Options backdating probe grows

Jun 12, 2006
Monster joins a growing list of US companies whose stock option grants to senior executives are being investigated by the SEC. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Bob Moon about what's at issue.

The IPO that went south

Jun 9, 2006
Internet phone provider Vonage's initial public offering hasn't done so well. How bad is it? So bad that customers who bought the stock are suing. Kai speaks with James Granelli of the Los Angeles Times.

The skinny on Motorola's success

Jun 8, 2006
Motorola was down on its luck until the Razr cell phone helped turn things around. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Fortune magazine writer Adam Lashinsky about how Moto found its mojo — and what's next.

Ben Bernanke, meet the ghost of Alan Greenspan

Jun 7, 2006
New Fed chief Ben Bernanke has been getting some heat lately for sending Wall Street on a wild ride. Down, mostly. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to James Grant of Grant's Interest Rate Observer to put it in perspective.

Creating a new General Motors

Jun 6, 2006
GM shareholders approved two reform proposals today — a first — but the company isn't obligated to listen. So what do the votes mean? Host Kai Ryssdal asks around.

Corn ethanol better for politicians than environment

Jun 5, 2006
Detroit has been bragging about its adoption of ethanol as an alternative fuel. But, as Los Angeles Times auto critic Dan Neil tells host Kai Ryssdal, corn-based fuel isn't all that efficient.

Rents on the rise

Jun 2, 2006
What you need to know today about rising rents.

The Plan: We each get $10,000 a year

Jun 2, 2006
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid funding adds up to 9% of the US gross domestic product. More than <nobr>$1 trillion</nobr> a year. Some economists say that'll rise to 30% by 2050. Author Charles Murray says he has a better plan <nobr>. . .</nobr> with a capital P.