Sanden Totten Science Reporter

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Sanden Totten is KPCC's Science Reporter. He covers everything from space exploration and medical technology to endangered species and the latest earthquake research. He's also co-producer of Brains On!, a podcast for kids and curious adults about the scientific mysteries of the universe.

Before joining KPCC's Science Desk, Sanden was a producer for Take Two and the Madeleine Brand Show. He began his career in journalism at Minnesota Public Radio where he co-created the show "In The Loop," and helped develop the Public Insight Network, a crowd-sourcing tool designed to bring unique perspectives to the news.

Sanden is the winner of several honors, including the Radio and TV News Association’s Golden Mike for “Best Radio Medical and Science Reporting” and the National Entertainment Journalism's award for “Best Radio News Story.” In 2011 he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, he graduated from Oberlin College in 2004 with a BA in Psychology and English.

Sanden has lived in Sweden and Japan and speaks both languages. He's a fan of comics, fast music and movies about time travel.


Stories by Sanden Totten

NOAA: why drought makes summer even hotter

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says dry soil will likely boost temperatures in Southern California this summer.

For the first time, NASA has found a planet most like Earth

Scientists think a newly detected planet could sustain liquid water and an Earth-like atmosphere, making it a prime candidate for life.

Blood Moon: How and where to view the lunar eclipse

We've got full details about how, when and where to view the total eclipse of the moon on Monday night, as well as a Q&A with KPCC science reporter Sanden Totten.

LA developing building safety rating system for earthquakes (Update)

Mayor Garcetti announced plans for a rating system to evaluate a building's seismic safety and said he will develop a mandate for retrofitting older buildings.

Scientists look at icy moons in search of alien life

A growing body of research suggests icy moons around Saturn and Jupiter may be the best candidates for finding life beyond Earth

Crimea tensions not expected to affect Mars rover

The rover Curiosity carries an instrument funded by the Russian government and used by Russian scientists. NASA officials say the device will operate as normal.

West Coast lawmakers seek funding for quake alert

The move comes days after a magnitude-5.1 quake rattled the greater Los Angeles region near La Habra, causing scattered damage, but no serious injuries.

Researchers to study tsunamis triggered by marine slides

A national team of scientists will be taking a closer look at a rare but potentially dangerous type of tsunami caused by landslides underwater.

La Habra quake: How aftershocks help geologists map new fault

Seismologists are plotting the aftershocks of Friday's 5.1 magnitude earthquake to identify the fault responsible under La Habra.

How neuroscience is improving UC Riverside baseball

Players are training with a scientifically designed brain-game. It's improving their vision and helping them win games, a new study says.

Newly hatched bald eagles are a sign of recovery on Catalina

The bald eagle population crashed in the 1970s because of chemical pollution that had worked its way up the food chain and weakened eagle eggs.

How a large tsunami could impact Los Angeles

Key areas of Los Angeles could flood. As part of Tsunami Preparedness Week, researchers are encouraging people to know what areas are at risk.

California's warmest winter on record comes to a close

This was also one of the state's driest winters with average temperatures more than four degrees above normal.

Wistaria Festival: How did Sierra Madre's record-setting vine get so big?

The flowering vine is considered by Guinness to be the world's largest blooming plant. (And why does Sierra Madre spell it with an "a"?)

California faces even more dry days, says new climate study

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography predicts as many as ten more dry days a year in California by the end of the century.