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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

Fire in Palos Verdes part of an unusually early and dangerous fire season

A fire Thursday in Palos Verdes is the latest in what's already an active fire season. Seasonal firefighters are starting work early to prepare for the summer.

Firefighters expect a hot, dry and difficult season

The fire in Monrovia this weekend burned hot and fast. Officials say that blaze and other factors point to a difficult and dangerous fire season this year.

Oscars 2013: Honoring the scientific and technical geniuses who make movie magic

The Oscars are a few weeks away, but the show’s geekier cousin, the Scientific and Technical Awards, happens tomorrow. KPCC’s Sanden Totten reports.

UCLA vocal coach helps nervous pop stars nail the National Anthem

Beyonce stirred up a bit of controversy by lip-syncing the National Anthem at Obama's inauguration. The Star-Spangled Banner is notoriously hard to perform, and many pop singers have tried and botched it. Those who want to get it right turn to UCLA vocal coach, Michael Dean.

VIDEO: Movie trailer business has become survival of the fittest

The emphasis on unique sound design is one of the stylistic changes in the movie trailer industry, but the way we watch trailers is changing.

Need dubstep for a movie trailer? There's a company for that

A growing number of companies specializes in making music just for movie previews. One of the most popular artists to imitate? Skrillex.

Inside one of LA's biggest movie-trailer houses

A lot goes into making those three-minute previews you see in theaters before the feature presentation.

How movie trailers evolved from afterthought to art form

Movie trailers weren't always the adrenaline-inducing barrage of images we know today. They used to be more of an afterthought than an art form.

New software to allow Mars Curiosity to 'stretch her wheels'

JPL scientists say a software update to the Mars rover Curiosity will allow the robot to use her robotic appendages, and begin to trundle around the planet.

Seth Green reflects on Mars rover landing, human progress

Actor Seth Green shared his thoughts on the Curiosity landing from mission headquarters at JPL Sunday night in anticipation of the Mars rover's touchdown.

Mars from Curiosity: First photos

With its Google Android shadow and Gabby Douglas landing, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity began sending images of itself in its surroundings within seconds of safely arriving on the red planet.

Touchdown confirmed! Curiosity lands safely on Mars

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.

Watch video of Mars landing from NASA/JPL

NASA reports that the Mars rover is completely on its own as it approaches the outermost of the planet's two moons.

With Mars landing in sight, NASA scientists try to keep calm

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 Mars rock that inspired a generation of exploration

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.