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 (5,132)

Week on Wall Street

May 25, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

It's pronounced DIME-ler!

May 24, 2007
We appreciate your comments, but Kai's been getting it right when pronouncing the German carmaker's name. Here's another attempt to get us all on the same page.

Only your wallet is broken, not the record

May 24, 2007
The Energy Department has updated its inflation calculations and what was reported earlier as a record high for gas prices is no longer so. Kai Ryssdal found out the new target price.

U.S., China work on their co-dependence

May 22, 2007
As Treasury Secy. Henry Paulson met with his China counterpart, more reports of unsafe Chinese products surfaced today. Kai Ryssdal talks with China expert Ted Fishman about the U.S.-China relationship.

Beijing puts its money on Blackstone

May 21, 2007
China's decided what it wants to do with some of its $1.2 trillion in foreign reserves: Buy into the high-powered U.S. private equity firm Blackstone. Our man in Shanghai, Scott Tong, explains the deal to Kai Ryssdal.

As gas prices rise, we keep filling up

May 21, 2007
It's been 26 years since gas prices, if put in today's dollars, were as high as they are today. And yet we're using it like it still cost $1.35 a gallon. Oil-price expert Tom Kloza talks with Kai Ryssdal about…

The public impact of private equity

May 18, 2007
Big buyout firms have been on a shopping spree lately, taking public companies off the market. Kai Ryssdal talked with Fortune magazine's Adam Lashinsky about what it all means.

Week on Wall Street

May 18, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

'Upfronts' showcase TV's changes, dilemmas

May 17, 2007
The upfronts, where TV execs go before advertisers to pitch their new line-ups, keep getting bigger and more important. TV critic Aaron Barnhart talks with Kai Ryssdal about the changes he's seeing.

World Bank will change after Wolfowitz

May 17, 2007
The World Bank has announced that President Paul Wolfowitz is resigning. Kai Ryssdal spoke with Krishna Guha at the Financial Times about the organization's future — whoever is in charge.