Kai Ryssdal has been the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy, since 2005. He joined American Public Media in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report.

Ryssdal began in public radio as a intern, then reporter and finally substitute host for The California Report at KQED-FM in San Francisco. After graduating from Emory University, Ryssdal spent eight years in the United States Navy flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and as a Pentagon staff officer. Before his career in public radio, Ryssdal was a member of the United States Foreign Service in Ottawa, Canada and Beijing, China.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.


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Features by Kai Ryssdal

Weekly Wrap: Immigration and the New York Fed

Kai's weekly chat about the week in business news.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Wall Street, immigration reform
Everybody needs to cuddle.

Professional cuddlers for hire in Portland

$60 will buy you an hour of platonic cuddling at a new business, Cuddle Up to Me.
Posted In: cuddling shop, odd jobs, Portland

How immigration reform can change immigration

To get a little context on how the President's plans might affect some of the various immigration constituencies in this country, we spoke with Barbara Hines, Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic and professor at the University of Texas, and Emily Lam, vice-president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for Health Care & Federal Issues.
Netflix streams on a laptop and cellphone. The vide- streaming service is responsible for 35 percent of bandwidth usage in North America, according to a recent study.

Netflix is king of bandwidth in North America

The latest in "how-many-caveats-can-fit-in-one-statistic" news.
Posted In: netflix, bandwidth, video streaming, hulu, Amazon

Designers gave us the Doublemint twins – and much more

Husband-and-wife team of Dorothy and Otis Shepard left a lasting mark on 20th-century design.
Posted In: Chicago Cubs, Chicago, Wrigley, design
According to Bloomberg, you probably haven't eaten these in a while.

You know what's not selling like hotcakes? Hotcakes

Someone make Jack Johnson write another song, quick!
Posted In: hot cakes, pancakes, breakfast sales, kale
Emil Michael, senior vice president of business for Uber Technologies Inc.

Uber's data makes a creepy point about the company

A 2012 blog post from Uber's data team tracked post-one-night-stand rides.
Posted In: Uber, walk of shame, consumer data

Tires and civil war: America's business with warlords

A new PBS film investigates Firestone's relationship with warlord Charles Taylor.
Posted In: tires, Liberia, ProPublica, investigation, Frontline

Snapchat partners with Square to present ... Snapcash

The Snapcash app will allow users to send money to friends. What could possibly go wrong?
Posted In: Snapchat, snapcash, mobile payments

Aasif Mandvi's cross-cultural journey

"The Daily Show" correspondent talks about his new essay collection "No Land's Man."
Posted In: The Daily Show, humor, essays

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