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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 (5,698)

A conversation with 'Boss Hog'

Aug 8, 2006
Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks to Harley-Davidson CEO Jim Ziemer about his rise from shop floor to corner office.

Maintaining Harley-Davidson's allure

Aug 7, 2006
James Ziemer runs motorcycle-maker Harley-Davidson. In the latest of our Conversations from the Corner Office, he tells host Kai Ryssdal why his company's bikes have remained an American icon.

Week on Wall Street

Aug 4, 2006
Kai Ryssdal talks with Dallas stockbroker David Johnson about the week on Wall Street and what's ahead for the markets.

Cycling reels from doping scandals

Aug 3, 2006
As Tour de France winner Floyd Landis waits to find out if he'll be stripped of his title, host Kai Ryssdal talks with business of sports analyst Diana Nyad about whether sports can win the battle against doping.

Post-9/11 group: It's up to you, New York

Aug 2, 2006
The agency charged with rebuilding Lower Manhattan after 9/11 says it's closing up shop. So what happens to the World Trade Center site and other projects? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Amy Scott.

Cuba without Castro

Aug 1, 2006
Cuban leader Fidel Castro has temporarily ceded power to his brother, Raoul. Should Castro step down from power, what will a new Cuba look like? Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Cuban economic expert Daniel Erikson.

The anti-portfolio

Jul 28, 2006
Average investors often miss out on the big stocks. But what if you had the money and still missed out on the next big thing like Google? Dave Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners knows how it feels -- and tells Kai all about it.

Conversation with Bill Pulte

Jul 28, 2006
In our ongoing series of Conversations from the Corner Office, Kai digs into the housing market by visiting one of the biggest homebuilders in the country. He sits down with Bill Pulte, the chair and co-founder of Pulte Homes

Bill Pulte at home with building houses

Jul 27, 2006
He started as a humble carpenter and wound up running one of the biggest homebuilding companies in the US. Kai Ryssdal talks to Pulte Homes Inc. founder Bill Pulte.

Ice cream guy takes on defense budget

Jul 26, 2006
Ben & Jerry's founder Ben Cohen now runs a non-profit called Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to him about the change from peddling ice cream to trying to cut the defense budget.