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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 from Kai (4,868)

Rents on the rise

by Kai Ryssdal Jun 2, 2006
What you need to know today about rising rents.

The Plan: We each get $10,000 a year

by Kai Ryssdal Jun 2, 2006
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid funding adds up to 9% of the US gross domestic product. More than <nobr>$1 trillion</nobr> a year. Some economists say that'll rise to 30% by 2050. Author Charles Murray says he has a better plan…

Can Chavez pump up OPEC support?

by Kai Ryssdal May 31, 2006
Venezuela's outspoken President Hugo Chavez wants to cut back on oil production and send prices even higher. Will he get what he wants from OPEC ministers in Caracas? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to professor Carol Wise.

Refilling the role of Juan Valdez

by Kai Ryssdal May 31, 2006
The actor who played Juan Valdez, the iconic figure of Colombian coffee, has retired. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to branding consultant David Altschul about what's been involved in the search for a replacement.

From CEO to secretary . . . Why?

by Kai Ryssdal May 30, 2006
Why would Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson leave the nation's most prestigious investment bank to replace John Snow as Treasury secretary? Fortune's Patty Sellers talks with host Kai Ryssdal about possible reasons.

Burying a dead end job

by Kai Ryssdal May 26, 2006
There's an old work saying that goes something like this: The grass is always greener in your neighbor's cubicle. When do you know it's time to find a better job? Career expert Michael Laskoff joins Kai for a conversation.…

AARP's new gig

by Kai Ryssdal May 26, 2006
The AARP is a familiar name in the retirement business. Now it has tossed its hat into the mutual fund ring. Kai talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Ian McDonald.

Will Enron verdicts change corporate America?

by Kai Ryssdal May 25, 2006
Enron founder Kenneth Lay and CEO Jeffrey Skilling have been convicted on multiple counts of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Houston Chronicle reporter Mary Flood about what the verdicts mean for the corporate world.

Negroponte given power to waive SEC rules

by Kai Ryssdal May 24, 2006
President Bush has granted his intelligence czar the authority to exempt publicly traded companies from reporting requirements &mdash; in the name of national security. Kai Ryssdal talks with BusinessWeek reporter Dawn Kopecki.

$400 million fine slapped on Fannie Mae

by Kai Ryssdal May 23, 2006
A scathing government report accuses Fannie Mae of "arrogant and unethical" financial practices. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Wall Street Journal reporter James R. Hagerty whether the company really needed to be cooking the books.