We are Molly Wood and Kai Ryssdal, hosts of "Make Me Smart," a podcast from Marketplace. Ask us anything!
I’m Molly Wood, a longtime lurker here and the host of Marketplace Tech. I’m here with Kai Ryssdal, who hosts Marketplace.
We appear on your public radio station every day, and once a week we combine forces for Make Me Smart. Our motto is “none of us is as smart as all of us.” That means no matter the topic, Kai and I, our guests and our listeners are all helping each other learn together. Some of our recent episodes have looked at ripple effects from tax cuts, bias on huge platforms like YouTube, and how spambots work. Next week, we’ll be hosting our biannual Explainathon, in which we attempt to answer as many of your questions about tech, the economy, etc., as we can in 30 minutes.
Before Marketplace I was a tech columnist at The New York Times and executive editor at CNET, where I hosted the long-running podcast “Buzz Out Loud.” Kai got into radio at the ripe old age of 34, when he interned at KQED in San Francisco. Before that, he was a foreign service officer and spent eight years as a fighter pilot in the Navy. He’s been hosting Marketplace since 2005.
We’re here to answer your questions about our show(s), the tech industry, the economy, beer, “Fortnite,” or anything else you want to know!
This AMA is part of r/IAmA*’s “Spotlight on Journalism” project which aims to shine a light on the state of journalism and press freedom in 2018. Join us for a new AMA every day in October.*
EDIT: We've got to head to the studio now. Thanks so much for all these great questions! This was really, really fun. Keep them coming and we'll try to answer a few more if time allows. Thanks again!