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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 (5,024)

We get letters

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 19, 2006
Kai Ryssdal airs comments and complaints from our listeners.

Caremark gets another offer to consider

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 18, 2006
The proposed deal would unite the country's second- and third-largest pharmacy benefit managers. But some say the offer from Express Scripts could make regulators nervous.

Week on Wall Street

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 15, 2006
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Sour notes in digital music sales

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 15, 2006
A research report this week hinted that iTunes sales aren't so hot, and that digitial music overall might be in for some problems. Josh Bernoff, who wrote the report, talks about his findings with Kai Ryssdal.
Corner Office

Conversations From the Corner Office: Howard Schultz

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 14, 2006
Starbucks' chairman of the board talks with Kai Ryssdal about the life experiences that shaped his corporate philosophy.

Mergers in midair

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 13, 2006
Conventional wisdom for industries in a downturn has been that bigger's the way to go. And several airlines are now considering mergers. Economist Allen Michel talks with Kai Ryssdal about whether those would be wise moves.

Who really cares?

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 12, 2006
Individual donors are the primary supporters of U.S. charities. But who's doing the giving might surprise you. Prof. Arthur Brooks, author of a new book called "Who Really Cares," talks with Kai Ryssdal.

Staying open to cardiac stents

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 8, 2006
Do cardiac stents help keep clogged arteries open in the long run? Kai Ryssdal talks with Heather Won Tesoreiro of the Wall Street Journal about today's recommendation by an FDA panel.

Time to sideline coaches' salaries?

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 7, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal talks to sports analyst Diana Nyad about why colleges are signing football coaches to lengthy multimillion-dollar contracts only to buy them out after a mediocre season.

$11 billion hole in Fannie Mae's accounting

by Kai Ryssdal and Amy Scott Dec 6, 2006
Mortgage finance company Fannie Mae has issued a long-awaited earnings restatement today, its first since an accounting scandal surfaced two years ago. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Amy Scott.