175 Makers of History: Kai Ryssdal

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Host, NPR's Marketplace

Kai Ryssdal

Radio listeners know the voice of Kai Ryssdal well. Since 2005, he has hosted the popular public radio program Marketplace. For the four years prior, he anchored the Marketplace Morning Report.

An award-winning speaker and commentator, Rysdaal skillfully condenses complex business topics into vignettes that are accessible for general audiences. "I'm not a business guy," Ryssdal told Emory Magazine in a 2004 interview. "That's what lets us speak English about the news. My rule is, if I can't understand it, then neither can the guy driving down the freeway."