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
UCLA researchers have made an intriguing discovery. They've found swine flu in North African pigs. They stumbled upon the H1N1 virus while studying swine in Cameroon. The scientists think the pigs caught the virus from humans. They say the strain is almost identical to the one that many Southlanders contracted.
The holiday retail season is coming up. While it doesn’t feel much like Christmas yet, cargo ships loaded with future holiday gifts are already pulling into Southern California docks. How busy things get at the ports in the next few weeks will signal retailers' confidence in consumers' appetite to spend this December.
Boyle Heights was once known as the Ellis Island of the west. In the 1930s, '40s and '50s it was a neighborhood where Jewish and Mexican cultures mixed. One store at the heart of this cultural crossroads was the Phillips Music Store, a musical meeting ground that helped spawn wonderfully original sounds. This weekend a free concert celebrates the legacy of the store.
Three years ago the California State legislature created the Film and TV Tax Credit Program, which allows TV and movie producers to write off up to 25 percent of their taxes if they film in state. The aim was to keep crews from moving production to states already offering generous incentives, and it's up for renewal this month.
The pre-historic plesiosaur: it looked like the quintessential sea monster. It had a long neck, flippers and fangs. Think of the Loch Ness monster, and you are on the right track. But a paper published today in the journal "Science" says these ancient beasts may have actually been social creatures and doting mothers. The research is based on a fossil of a pregnant plesiosaur that's part of the new dinosaur exhibit at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. Reporter Sanden Totten paid the specimen a visit.
William and Catherine are back in Britain after a quick visit to Los Angeles. During the royal couple’s three-day stay, they met with A-list celebrities, politicians and business leaders.
The big news in Los Angeles celebrity gossip this weekend was, of course, the visit of Prince William and Princess Catherine. The Royal Couple were spotted in Hancock Park. They kissed on a polo field in Santa Barbara. They hobnobbed with Tom Hanks and Jennifer Lopez at a Hollywood party. And on Sunday, they visited Inner-City Arts, a school that teaches art to kids living on L.A.'s Skid Row.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down at LAX Friday afternoon to kick off a whirlwind weekend of meetings, charity events and photo opportunities. The couple were greeted by Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Saliva might seem gross when the stuff unintentionally flies out of your mouth, or you see the person sleeping on the seat next to you drooling, but researchers are finding new uses for saliva that could open the way to big changes in the world of medicine.
After well-publicized conflicts with the Los Angeles Unified School District, reality television star Jamie Oliver wrapped up the second season of his show, "Food Revolution," last week. Did the program have an impact --or even pose the right ideas -- about how to improve nutrition in L.A. schools?
British journalist Jon Ronson is obsessed with obsessives. He's best known for writing the book behind the George Clooney film "The Men Who Stare At Goats." In his latest book, Jon Ronson has turned his own obsessive eye toward psychopaths. The book is called "The Psychopath Test."
Author Amy Chua raised eyebrows earlier this year with her autobiography of motherhood, "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." The book suggests strict parenting can help kids get into Ivy League schools. But what happens to those kids when the test taking is over? That's the question New York magazine writer Wesley Yang set out to answer in his article, "Paper Tigers."
You might think Mother's Day was an invention of the floral industry or greeting card business. But the holiday as we know it was started by a woman name Anna Jarvis.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday. You might be planning to send a card or a dozen roses to Mom. If so, you’re not alone. Mother’s Day has become one of the most commercial holidays of the year.
On Sunday the Hubble Space Telescope turns 21-years-old. To mark the occasion, NASA is releasing new photos from Hubble’s camera. The latest image - called “Rose” - depicts two galaxies that together look like a flower on a long stem. It’s one of hundreds of thousands of pictures taken by a telescope that almost didn’t fulfill its mission.