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
Ready or not, it's income tax season. Time to call up your accountant or load the latest edition of TurboTax. But for same-sex married couples in California, tax time isn't that easy. New federal rulings place this group in a legal gray zone, with complicated returns and lots of unanswered questions.
This week the Los Angeles City Council voted to enact a hiring freeze at the LAPD. The move is expected to save close to $4 million over the next couple of years. But Police Chief Charlie Beck says it leaves the force understaffed. Many police departments hit by cutbacks are relying more on volunteers to help pick up the slack. The Pasadena Police Department has recruited an entire unit of volunteer detectives to locating missing people.
The California State University Board of Trustees met Tuesday in Long Beach. The 23 campus system faces a $550 million gap in its annual budget because the state has cut its subsidy as energy and employee health care costs have increased.
A new ordinance heading for a vote soon by the Los Angeles City Council would make it easier for bikers to sue aggressive drivers. Bike advocates are calling it a landmark law, but some drivers are wary.
Federal authorities say they will investigate whether L.A. County Metro’s planned cuts in bus service would have a disproportionate effect on poor and minority neighborhoods. The investigation follows an advocacy group’s civil rights complaint to the Federal Transit Administration last fall.
A public transit advocacy group is praising the news that a federal agency will take a look at bus line cuts in Los Angeles. The Federal Transit Administration plans to see if poor and minority communities will be hurt too much by L.A. Metro bus service cutbacks.
Last week on Skid Row, the melodies of Mozart, Bach and Handel filled the air. L.A. Philharmonic first violinist Robert Gupta performed an exclusive concert for clients of the Downtown Mental Health Center. It's part of his continuing effort to combat mental illness with music.
This week, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office sent letters to 140 medical marijuana dispensaries ordering their immediate shutdown because they violate a new ordinance.
Feeling tired? Blame your computer. The National Sleep Foundation says technology before bed hurts your quality of sleep.
Los Angeles is deploying smartphones and computers in the fight against graffiti. Officials unveiled a new initiative Friday that allows work crews to track the most prolific taggers with the technology.
Politicians and bike enthusiasts met on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday morning to support a plan that promotes bicycle safety.
When famous people get in serious trouble, it can be too much for their managers and publicists. Charlie Sheen’s publicist resigned Monday after the TV star generated too much bad publicity. KPCC’s Sanden Totten recently attended a conference by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. The title was worthy of a reality TV show - "Celebrities in Crisis."
On Sunday, Cardinal Roger Mahony celebrates his 75th birthday. It’s also the day he steps down as the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Replacing him is Archbishop Jose Gomez. Gomez led dioceses in San Antonio and Denver. He's about to take the reins of one of the nation’s largest and most diverse Catholic populations.
Presidents Day is national holiday. But for presidential impersonators, it’s no day off. KPCC’s Sanden Totten took a stroll with a Lincoln look-alike in Old Town Pasadena to find out what it takes to fill the 16th president’s shoes.
Last night, a NASA spacecraft played interstellar paparazzi. Stardust snapped 72 pictures as it flew by a six kilometer comet. The goal was to get a better idea of what comets are made of - and where they come from.