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 (5,472)

Beirut bombing halts air traffic

Jul 13, 2006
Beirut's been experiencing its first economic boom since Lebanon's civil war ended — but it's based largely on tourism. How will today's attacks affect the economy there? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to the Wall Street Journal's Karby Leggett.

Strike on Israeli port city

Jul 13, 2006
The Israeli port city of Haifa — well inside the country's borders — was hit by rockets today, an attack that preceded Israel's second bombing of Beirut's airport. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to journalist Hillary Krieger.

Disney slashing movie production

Jul 12, 2006
Walt Disney plans to cut its annual movie production slate in half and eliminate jobs to trim costs. But why cut back on the heels of its big summer smash hits? Host Kai Ryssdal asks Daily Variety Managing Editor Michael Speier.

We've got mail

Jul 12, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal digs through the Marketplace mailbag and reads listener letters.

Terrorism hits India's financial center

Jul 11, 2006
Hundreds were killed in seven bomb explosions in Mumbai today. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Financial Times reporter Khozem Merchant about why the explosions targeted first-class passengers on commuter trains in the country's financial hub.

Nielsen now rating commercial breaks

Jul 11, 2006
TV ad buyers and the Nielsen ratings system will begin tracking how many viewers are actually watching TV ads in the new world of TiVos and DVRs. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Abbey Klaassen about the shift.

Ken Lay's legacy

Jul 5, 2006
Enron's founder and convicted former CEO, Kenneth Lay died of a heart attack today. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to veteran energy reporter Barbara Shook about Lay's legacy in the energy business.

The money pit: Should you lend to friends?

Jun 23, 2006
Should you loan money to your relatives or friends? What should you ask for in return? And how do you say no? Kai finds out from Ira Bryck, the Director of the UMass Family Business Center.

Return of stagflation?

Jun 23, 2006
Some economists are worried about the return of stagflation -- the perfect economic storm that made the '70s such a financial bummer. David Wyes of Standard & Poor's tells Kai whether we should really be preparing for a fiscal downpour.

Housing market shift

Jun 23, 2006
New figures on home construction suggest the housing market is officially slowing down. Kai speaks to Elizabeth Razzi, author of "Fearless Home Buyer," about the future of the housing market and what it means for home buyers and sellers.