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 (5,107)

Week on Wall Street

May 11, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

'The Price of Liberty'

May 10, 2007
In a new book about how America pays for war, Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Robert Hormats claims Congress and the White House are sidestepping their obligations to pay back their debts. He talked with Kai Ryssdal.

Fed holds steady. What the heck?

May 9, 2007
It's now seven meetings in a row the Federal Reserve has declined to move interest rates one way or the other. Kai Ryssdal got Greg McBride from Bankrate.com on the phone to get his take on what the Fed might…

When business entered the New World

May 9, 2007
When The Virginia Company landed more than 100 settlers at Jamestown, Va., 400 years ago, things didn't start off so well. History professor Karen Kupperman talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the company operated.

Sitting on the news

May 8, 2007
Most of the us found out about Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion bid for Dow Jones on May 1. The New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin reported today that some at the Wall Street Journal found out a bit sooner. He…

Globalization, one day at a time

May 7, 2007
In his latest book, economist Daniel Altman looks at a day in the lives of workers and businesses in the globalized economy. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about what works . . . and doesn't.

Week on Wall Street

May 4, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Study: Foul calls are often black and white

May 2, 2007
A study has found that white NBA referees call more fouls on black players, and black refs call more on white players. Allan Schwarz of The New York Times wrote a story about it. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.

Divvying up Delta shares

May 2, 2007
Having just emerged from bankruptcy, the new Delta Airlines begins life as a publicly traded company tomorrow. Our business correspondent Bob Moon sorts through the mechanics of a company getting out from under Chapter 11.

What's Murdoch's plan?

May 1, 2007
Kai Ryssdal talks with media columnist Tim Rutten of the Los Angeles Times about how Rupert Murdoch sees Dow Jones fitting into the News Corp empire.