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
It would have been a sight to see: a car-sized rover using heat shields, a supersonic parachute and a jet powered hovercraft to safely land on the red dirt of Mars. A landing worthy of a medal, though no one was around to see it.
NASA reports that the Mars rover is completely on its own as it approaches the outermost of the planet's two moons.
NASA scientists are trying to stay calm as the landing of the Curiosity rover approaches. So far, weather conditions on Mars look good for the touchdown.
The Curiosity rover is set to land this Sunday. It hopes to answer some of the questions posed by a mysterious meteorite from Mars that was discovered here on Earth.
Join KPCC's Sanden Totten and G. Scott Hubbard, a veteran of the NASA Mars program, for a lively chat about all things Mars!
This Sunday the Curiosity rover is scheduled to touch down on Mars. It's the latest in a very long string of attempts to better understand our rust colored neighbor.
After centuries of watching Mars in the sky, humans have only just begun to understand the red planet. KPCC's Sanden Totten recaps what we know about it so far.
On Sunday, NASA's latest rover touches down on Mars. The machine — nicknamed "Curiosity" — will use a super-sonic parachute, heat shields and a hovercraft to stick the landing.
There's a new study on obesity that caught our eye this morning. It makes the bold claim that modern day hunter hatherers in East Africa burn as many calories a day as sedentary office workers here in America. The study compared populations and found that both groups tend to use the same amount of energy, suggesting that America's obesity has more to do with what we eat — not how much we sit.
If you are headed out of town this weekend, you might have to call up the dog or the cat sitter. But what if you keep chickens in your backyard?
KPCC's Sanden Totten examines the unfolding drama between origami maker Robert Lang and painter Sarah Morris.
The giant annual video game conference, E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo, is underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center. KPCC's Sanden Totten brings us more about E3 and the gaming business.
Yesterday, four tons of marijuana were found bobbing in the waters off the coast of Orange County.
The Census reports that for the first time, white births were outnumbered by minority births. This has been true in California for decades. What can the nation learn from California's diverse demographic?
When there's a group of space enthusiasts at a convention center, they're usually focused on Star Trek or X-Files. But this week, the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted a different crowd of starry-eyed dreamers — space entrepreneurs — for the first-ever Spacecraft Technology Expo.