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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)

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 — 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.

1. Pick a mayor; 2. Rebuild the city

by Kai Ryssdal May 22, 2006
Marketplace's Sam Eaton tells host Kai Ryssdal that with their mayoral election behind them, New Orleans' residents are now keying on Mayor Ray Nagin to lead the city's recovery.

Making sense of network neutrality

by Kai Ryssdal May 17, 2006
Legislation moving through Congress would allow Internet providers to charge differing rates to different companies. It's part of the most drastic change to telecom law since 1996. Kai Ryssdal talks to Lisa Napoli about why we should care.
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Sumner Redstone: Staying on top

by Kai Ryssdal May 15, 2006
In our continuing series of interviews with corporate leaders, "Conversations From the Corner Office," Kai Ryssdal discusses strategy, and fish tanks, with the chairman of Viacom and CBS.
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Sumner Redstone: "Content is king"

by Kai Ryssdal May 15, 2006
Kai Ryssdal talks with the CBS and Viacom chairman about his more than 50 years in the media business and how he's stayed on top for so long.
Sumner Redstone, seated, and from left, Elizabeth M.Daley, Steven Spielberg, Frank Price, George Lucas and C.L. Max Nikias attend the dedication of the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building at the University of Southern California in 2013 in Los Angeles.
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When the only thing left to say is 'I'm sorry'

by Kai Ryssdal May 10, 2006
A public apology is something of a ritual when companies are caught misbehaving. Paul Slansky tells host Kai Ryssdal about some of those apologies from the book he co-wrote called "My Bad."

Alternative fuel not so new

by Kai Ryssdal May 1, 2006
With gas prices so high, host Kai Ryssdal talks to our Pulitzer Prize-winning auto critic Dan Neil about green technologies. Where has the auto industry been? And where is it going?

All the problems in China

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 20, 2006
Chinese President Hu Jintao met President Bush today in Washington. Intellectual property protection was discussed, but the Chinese government is unlikely to do much to quell the problem, piracy expert Andrew Mertha tells host Kai Ryssdal. That's because China has…
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Charles Schwab: Putting himself out front

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 15, 2006
Kai Ryssdal talks with Charles Schwab about the evolution of the discount brokerage business and how he came to be the face of the company.