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This Is Uncomfortable

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.

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Soon, there could be a Gatorade designed for your specific body, down to the very last drop of sweat.
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Society might finally be ready for the film "Booksmart"

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios May 23, 2019
Screenwriter Katie Silberman says there aren’t enough buddy comedies out there that center around female friends.
Katie Silberman, screenwriter and producer of "Booksmart," at Marketplace studios in Los Angeles, CA.
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Is it time for U.S. businesses to rethink their Chinese partnerships?

by Kai Ryssdal and Daniel Shin May 22, 2019
Democratic Senator Mark Warner has been urging American executives to reflect on the risks.
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The business behind royal fashion

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser May 21, 2019
A viral Instagram series examines how Meghan Markel’s royal wardrobe works like a business endeavor.
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Are the Trump tariffs working as intended?

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry May 20, 2019
A former Trump trade official weighs in on the intention behind the president's tariffs.
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How the founder of Latina magazine is diversifying Hollywood

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But Christy Haubegger tackled the magazine industry first.
Christy Haubegger in 2018.
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Tariffs are stifling the region with world's largest BMW plant, official says

by Liz Sanchez and Kai Ryssdal May 15, 2019
Spartanburg, South Carolina, had “white hot” growth before the taxes, councilman says.
CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

The latest smart product: the baby diaper

by Bennett Purser and Kai Ryssdal May 14, 2019
With a declining birthrate in the U.S., diaper brands hope new tech can bring in more profits.
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by Bennett Purser and Kai Ryssdal May 10, 2019
A farmer shares what's at stake without a trade deal.
A farmer holds soybean from the 2018 harvest, on May 5, 2019, at her farm in Scribber, Nebraska, among the top 15 U.S. states exporting to China.
JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Life on America's rivers

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst May 10, 2019
"They hate her when they're with her and they miss her when they're gone" said Melody Golding, author of a new book about America's riverboat pilots.
Cannelton Locks on the Ohio River
Courtesy of Melody Golding