Sanden Totten Science Reporter
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
News reports abound with ominous terms like "structurally deficient" and "functionally obsolete." Here's a guide to help make sense of the techno-jargon.
Explore the area's bridges to learn more about how federal and state ratings work — and how they can sometimes lead to confusion.
Hundreds of California bridges are rated as 'functionally obsolete,' 'structurally deficient,' or 'fracture critical.' But experts say the labels are misleading.
The Mars Spirit rover made some big discoveries on Mars, but the mission almost failed right out of the gate and suffered many setbacks along the way.
SoCal Edison announced Friday it will shut down the reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant and store the spent nuclear material on site. What does that mean for you?
California is known as a leader in science. By one estimate, the state could lose $180 million in research funding in critical fields.
A glow-in-the-dark cockroach and the smallest vertebrate on Earth are just two of the top-10 newly discovered species selected as the most fascinating life forms.
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.