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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 (4,990)

Lots of empty corner offices

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 11, 2006
Outplacement firm Challenger Gray and Christmas says 2006 has been huge year so far for CEO departures. Last month, a record 152 chief execs left their posts.

Backdating scandal claims McAfee, CNET execs

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 11, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal talks to University of Delaware's Charles M. Elson about the options backdating scandal that's erasing profits, spurring government investigations and sending corporate leaders packing.

Buyout decision looms for Ford workers

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 10, 2006
Starting next week Ford's hourly employees must decide whether to accept a buyout offer. Today the automaker began conducting career fairs and workshops to help them weigh career options. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to one of those employees.

Can North Korea be dissuaded?

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 9, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Mike Chinoy of the Pacific Council for International Policy about the economic implications of North Korea's nuclear testing claims — and whether economic sanctions might work.
Corner Office

A different way of doing business

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 9, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal visits Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy in the latest Conversation from the Corner Office. McNealy talks about how his company has been able to compete with Microsoft and IBM on a much smaller budget.

Another big delay for Airbus

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 3, 2006
EADS has confirmed that delivery of its flagship Airbus A380 will be delayed until the second half of 2007. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Financial Times reporter Doug Cameron about the possible consequences.

Five weeks, $1 billion 'til Election Day

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 3, 2006
Political candidates around the nation will collectively spend about <nobr>$1 billion</nobr> now through Nov. 7 &mdash; on top of the $1 billion they've already spent. Kai Ryssdal talks with Jordan Lieberman of Campaigns and Elections magazine about where the money's…

Building a cheaper workforce

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 2, 2006
Wal-Mart is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible workforce by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more workers on nights and weekends. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to New York Times reporter Steve Greenhouse.

Taking a (tax) break in Puerto Rico

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 29, 2006
A great example of how companies are getting even more creative looking for tax breaks? The pharmaceutical industry's presence in Puerto Rico. Kai Ryssdal talks about it with Jill Barshay of Congressional Quarterly.

HP drama unfolds on Capitol Hill

by Ashley Milne-Tyte and Kai Ryssdal Sep 28, 2006
Hewlett-Packard execs reported to Washington today for a Congressional hearing into the company's pretexting scandal. We take a look at the day's events and the legality &mdash; or illegality &mdash; of the practice that's caused the stir.