Sanden Totten Science Reporter
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As a Science Reporter, Sanden covers everything from advances in medical technology to dinosaur fossils and space exploration. Before joining Southern California Public Radio, Sanden worked at Minnesota Public Radio, where he was co-creator of In "The Loop," a program that made the audience part of the show. He was also part of the team behind the Public Insight Network, a crowd-sourcing project designed to bring unique perspectives to news.
Sanden is the winner of several honors, including the Radio and TV News Association’s Golden Mike for “best writing” and the National Entertainment Journalism's award for “best radio news story.” He was a 2011 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. With a BA in Psychology and English from Oberlin College in Ohio.
Sanden also attended school in Japan and Sweden, and speaks both languages.He is a fan of fast music, comics and movies about time travel.
Stories by Sanden Totten
The Census reports that for the first time, white births were outnumbered by minority births. This has been true in California for decades. What can the nation learn from California's diverse demographic?
When there's a group of space enthusiasts at a convention center, they're usually focused on Star Trek or X-Files. But this week, the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted a different crowd of starry-eyed dreamers — space entrepreneurs — for the first-ever Spacecraft Technology Expo.
Meet Erin Catto. He lives in Irvine. He’s a father of two, a video game fan and a Cornell graduate who holds a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics. He is also responsible for the physics of one of the popular mobile games in history.
About a half-year ago, news programs were filled with reports on Occupy protests around the country. But what happened to the Occupy movement? KPCC's Sanden Totten checked in with some of the past and present protesters to find out.
Imagine California with no oranges, no lemons or limes. This could be reality if state officials don't find a way to stop the spread of a plant disease known as "citrus greening."
The U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement, the largest trade accord in decades, takes effect this month.
Obama's 2013 budget plan may cut crucial funding to California's tsunami warning system.
Lions Gate hopes its movie will be the next big box-office franchise, but some say the movie's narrative is too dark.
The costs of moving the giant 340-ton boulder to the L.A. County Museum of Art. Hint: Gas isn't even the most expensive part of the process.
The new exhibition is called "Trouble in Paradise." KPCC's Sanden Totten finds out why the contradiction fits L.A. and speaks with music pioneers from after WWII.
NASA Director Charles Bolden traveled to Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena Wednesday to discuss budget cuts with his staff. NASA is slated to lose $300 million in funding for planetary exploration next year.
Alcohol abuse costs L.A. County more than $10 billion every year. A large part of that money goes for treatment for alcoholics. Many end up in a familiar circle of rehab, treatment and relapse. But a new drug program is looking to stop that cycle with a shot.
Recent releases like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or Batman: Arkham City have sold millions of copies and racked up huge profits But many who create the games don't get proper credit for their contributions - like the writers.
When you think of Pasadena – you think of the Rose Parade, Colorado Boulevard or maybe little old ladies in fast cars. But like every neighborhood, Pasadena has a dark side. The Pasadena Confidential bus tour explores the grim history of this quiet suburb. The tour features bizarre crimes, strange disappearances and a rude but entertaining clown named Crimebo.
Mini-parks are popping up around the country, from New York to San Francisco. Now, Los Angeles is about to join in. These "parklets" take advantage of small spaces in urban areas. They're often set up in what was once a parking space and include benches, trees and sometimes a patio.