Sanden Totten Science Reporter

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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

Time to hang up the Spider-Man tights?

Yesterday, another actor in the Spider-Man musical took a spill (video here).The injured list for the 65 million dollar mess is up to four.

Farewell to the Disney fairy tale?

Disney's princesses are in trouble. They're not trapped in a tower or under a sleeping spell... they're just not reaching the right audiences.

Marines have the skills to call the shots at umpire camp

As the nation celebrates the contributions of the men and women of the armed forces, a group of former and current Marines is looking to make a contribution of a very different sort. They are attending a week-long training camp to learn the art of baseball umpiring.

California's palm trees under attack

California is under attack. There is an alien species invading our borders. These devious creatures are small, crafty and have an insatiable appetite.

Anti-Obama books selling briskly

Negative critiques of President Obama are par for the course right now as election season comes to a head. Most conservative candidates, and even some Democrat ones, have taken swipes at our commander in chief.

"America's Favorite Serial Killer" at Toys-R-Us

For those of you who haven't seen Showtime's series Dexter, it's the story of a compulsive killer who hacks people into bloody messes.

Hotel becomes "death ray" in the sun

Yeah, it is hot today in California. But at least not burning the hair off your head.

Strange Tips For Studying That Actually Work

Students heading back to school, listen up. What you’ve been told about studying is wrong. Camping out in one quiet location, going over material again and again in large undisturbed blocks of time – this may actually be the wrong approach to learning facts and figures. Sanden Totten chats with Madeleine about some unconventional tricks for getting the most out of your cramming sessions. NOTE: In the piece Sanden says Nate Kornell is from Mitchell College. He is actually a professor with Williams College.

Agave Nectar is Sweetly Deceptive

High fructose corn syrup is practically a dirty word in some circles. It's so bad that the Corn Refiners Association has created commercials to combat the sweetener's image problem.

Ready to visit the moon?

It's only a matter of time before some upstart space program makes travel to the moon affordable.

From teleportation to deep sea diving, China rocks the world of science

Turn your back on China for one minute and they go and pull off something like quantum teleportation.

Dinosaurs get weirder, awesomer

Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

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Get ready to be sucked down the rabbit hole in 3... 2... 1.

Surfer Statue Rides a Wave of Public Ire

Is it his limp wristed stance? His unhip helmet of hair? Or the fact that he's riding what looks more like the stream from an agressive water fountain than one of the beastly waves California is known for?

From Miners to Astronauts?

For the 33 Chilean miners now trapped below the earth, surviving the cave-in might be the easy part.