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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

'Mega-drought': Could California's drought last years? A century?

The state's dry spell is bad, but the state had prolonged ones centuries ago. Scientists worry these "mega-droughts" could happen again.

California drought: High pressure ridge to blame, not likely to change soon

A high pressure zone has hovered over the West for so long some meteorologists are calling it the "ridiculously resilient ridge." It shows little sign of leaving.

Mars rover at 10: Opportunity still makes discoveries

Ten years ago this week the Opportunity rover landed on Mars, and it's survived long past its expected expiration date. And what's up with that mystery rock?

Northridge: Digital dependence leaves us vulnerable

Some experts worry a digital blackout of longer than a few days could harm the local economy for decades.

Northridge: Despite retrofits, are homes any safer now?

Cities have encouraged homeowners to voluntarily retrofit their dwellings. But some engineers estimate that as many as half of all retrofits are not adequate.

Northridge: Calif. quake warning system runs on shoe-string budget

The massive quake that hit Southern California in 1994 came without warning. How close is California to an earthquake warning system?

More earthquake mapping needed, LA-area state senator says

State budget cuts have slowed efforts to map active faults in California to a crawl.

Rose Parade's gay wedding draws cheers, but also complaints

Many people celebrated the wedding of Danny LeClair and Aubrey Loots, who tied the knot atop a float on Wednesday, but others said they boycotted the Rose Parade because of it.

California drought: 2013 was LA's driest year on record

Despite a record lack of rainfall, water official say Los Angeles still has enough in reserves to get the city through the next year or so.

2013: A look back on the year in space

Russian fireball, zero-gravity Bowie cover among this year's highlights from the final frontier

'King tides' are coming to California

The phenomenon is the result of a new moon and the Earth's making its closet pass to the sun.

Here's why LA's outdoor ice rinks don't melt

Sure, it's warm and sunny in Southern California this Christmas, but that won't stop people from ice skating. Find out why, and where to go.

Natural History Museum removes reference to 'God' amid controversy

In the face of growing controversy, the Museum of Natural History has removed from a wall at the museum a quote from an anonymous donor that evokes God.

Why is Antarctica's Totten Glacier shrinking faster than its neighbors?

Totten Glacier is a massive ice sheet in Eastern Antarctica. It's shrinking much faster than other glaciers. New research looks at why.

Rising ocean acidity may lead to extremely anxious fish

New research suggests that as the level of acidity in the oceans rise, fish may start behaving very strangely.