Sanden Totten Science Reporter
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As a Science Reporter, Sanden covers everything from advances in medical technology to dinosaur fossils and space exploration. Before joining Southern California Public Radio, Sanden worked at Minnesota Public Radio, where he was co-creator of In "The Loop," a program that made the audience part of the show. He was also part of the team behind the Public Insight Network, a crowd-sourcing project designed to bring unique perspectives to news.
Sanden is the winner of several honors, including the Radio and TV News Association’s Golden Mike for “best writing” and the National Entertainment Journalism's award for “best radio news story.” He was a 2011 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. With a BA in Psychology and English from Oberlin College in Ohio.
Sanden also attended school in Japan and Sweden, and speaks both languages.He is a fan of fast music, comics and movies about time travel.
Stories by Sanden Totten
A new prostate cancer test under development at UC Irvine involves urinating on a stick. The stick picks up a protein strongly associated with prostate cancer.
The NTSB recommends that states lower the threshold for drunk driving from .08 percent to .05 percent. How much of a difference does that reduction make?
UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging will be relocating to USC this fall. The move comes as USC is looking to become the world's leading research institution.
The Discovery Science Center will be moving into the former home of the Children's Museum of Los Angeles at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area.
California is expecting a very active fire season. Battling those blazes will take a lot of people, a lot of equipment and ultimately a lot of money.
A study from UCLA suggests that extreme body image obsession may be related to faulty brain wiring. The discovery could help inform new kinds of treatment.
The space tourism company says the vehicle hit Mach 1.2 and reached 56,000 feet in its first rocket-powered test over the Mojave Desert.
A fire Thursday in Palos Verdes is the latest in what's already an active fire season. Seasonal firefighters are starting work early to prepare for the summer.
The fire in Monrovia this weekend burned hot and fast. Officials say that blaze and other factors point to a difficult and dangerous fire season this year.
The Oscars are a few weeks away, but the show’s geekier cousin, the Scientific and Technical Awards, happens tomorrow. KPCC’s Sanden Totten reports.
Beyonce stirred up a bit of controversy by lip-syncing the National Anthem at Obama's inauguration. The Star-Spangled Banner is notoriously hard to perform, and many pop singers have tried and botched it. Those who want to get it right turn to UCLA vocal coach, Michael Dean.
The emphasis on unique sound design is one of the stylistic changes in the movie trailer industry, but the way we watch trailers is changing.
A growing number of companies specializes in making music just for movie previews. One of the most popular artists to imitate? Skrillex.
A lot goes into making those three-minute previews you see in theaters before the feature presentation.
Movie trailers weren't always the adrenaline-inducing barrage of images we know today. They used to be more of an afterthought than an art form.