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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

What's behind Southern California's recent heat and humidity?

A high pressure system combined with storms off the coast of Baja California have led to the recent heat and humidity in Los Angeles.

How blazes like the Rim Fire create their own weather (VIDEO)

Extreme fires like the Rim Fire can create dangerous weather patterns. That can mean strong winds, thunderstorms and sometimes even fire tornadoes.

Ex-JPL director Bruce Murray, co-founder of Planetary Society, dies at 81

Bruce Murray co-founded the Planetary Society with long-time friends and colleagues, Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman in 1979.

Hearty giant sequoias threatened by 'unusually hot' Rim Fire

Two groves of giant sequoias are in the projected path of the Rim Fire. The sky-high trees are usually able to withstand a wildfire, but this one may be different.

What's Missy Elliott doing at a Korean Pop festival?

This weekend Korean pop stars perform in LA at KCON. Also on the bill is Missy Elliott, she's one of many US stars now collaborating with K-Pop icons.

Researcher: Californians shouldn't worry about Fukushima radiation

Kei Iwamoto, a radiation researcher with UCLA, says the pollution may pose a threat to the immediate area — but beachgoers in California shouldn't worry.

List of 'Killer Buildings' available to LA officials next month

A list of seismically vulnerable buildings in L.A. will be available to city officials next month. It complies risky structures with a non-ductile concrete design.

Tesla says its Model S is the safest car ever tested

Tesla's all electric Model S scored the highest possible rating in federal crash tests. The company released a statement claiming it's the safest car ever tested.

NASA to focus on Earth in 2014 (photos)

In 2014 NASA will launch three new scientific missions designed to study the effects of climate change on Earth.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to focus on Earth in 2014

Next year, NASA's JPL will launch three missions focused on Earth. One will track soil moisture, another will study global C02, and a third will monitor wind patterns.

Beachcombing: 'Beach Runners' keep shores free of bacteria (photos)

Government employees regularly sample and test ocean water. It's their job to make sure people don't get sick from swimming in polluted areas.

Millennium Towers: City 'concealed' Hollywood fault details, opponents charge

Opponents of the Hollywood Millennium Towers say emails show the city had concerns about the fault that weren't included in an Environmental Impact Report.

Beachcombing: Hunting for red tide with robots at USC (photos)

Red tide is a dangerous phenomenon that can sicken and even kill sea animals. To help scientists understand these tidessan USC has designed a seafaring robot.

A year on Mars: What's Curiosity been up to?

In its first year on the red planet, the six-wheeled rover has driven a little bit more than a mile, drilled into rocks and performed chemical and mineral analysis.

Bubonic plague has a 100 year history in California

A squirrel was recently found with bubonic plague in Angeles National Forrest. It's just the latest case in a 100 year history of the disease in California.