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 (5,476)

Why “big boats” might be partially responsible for inflation

May 24, 2022
Supply chain journalist Rachel Premack says megaships deserve some of the blame for shipping logjams and increased costs.
“I hate big boats, and so should you,” wrote FreightWaves editorial director Rachel Premack. The Ever Given container ship, above, sails along Egypt's Suez Canal.
Mahmoud Khaled/AFP via Getty Images

TikTok classes might be the next big thing in education

May 23, 2022
"One of the students in the class was making, you know, up to $6,000 to $7,000 a month from her TikTok videos," says Bloomberg report Claire Ballentine.
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Would a slower rate of economic growth stop rising inflation?

May 23, 2022
Economists downgrading their economic forecasts may help "vanquish this inflation monster," argues Axios correspondent Neil Irwin.
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Farmers in the Midwest are behind on planting. That could mean lower yields come harvest.

May 19, 2022
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes is "at least two and a half weeks" behind due to wet weather.
“Of all years the world needs our commodities, this was not the year to have late planting,” says April Hemmes, a corn and soybean farmer in Iowa.
Ben Hethcoat/Marketplace

Former Chair Ben Bernanke takes long view of Federal Reserve's current challenges

May 17, 2022
“I think it's important to look back at history,” said the former leader of the U.S. central bank.
During an interview with Kai Ryssdal of "Marketplace," former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke discussed how the Federal Reserve has dealt with inflation in the past as well as its current approach.
Nancy Farghalli/Marketplace

Biden's top economic adviser makes the case for an expansive government role

Cecilia Rouse, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, discusses inflation, inequality and investing in workers and infrastructure.
Cecilia Rouse, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. “We've got a country right now where there have been winners and losers," she says, and the president wants our economic growth "to be more widely shared."
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Fed Chair Jerome Powell: "Whether we can execute a soft landing or not, it may actually depend on factors that we don't control."

May 12, 2022
"I think the one thing we really cannot do is to fail to restore price stability," Powell told Kai Ryssdal.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, left, speaks with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Nancy Farghalli/Marketplace

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky on repositioning the company for a new era of travel

May 11, 2022
“I do think we’re popularizing or accelerating a trend,” Chesky said of Airbnb's decision to make its workforce fully remote.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and his golden retriever Sophie in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
(Courtesy Airbnb/Jessica Chou)

Is the TV industry facing a showrunner shortage?

May 10, 2022
In the writers room and elsewhere, showrunners play key roles in TV production, but changes in the entertainment industry could make them harder to find.
Shonda Rhimes, showrunner and creator of "Grey's Anatomy."
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for WGAW

What the Fed’s rate hike means for one community bank

May 5, 2022
Mortgage rates are rising, but deposit rates will lag, says Laurie Stewart, president of Sound Community Bank in Seattle.
The Belltown Branch of Sound Community Bank, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Courtesy of Sound Community Bank