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Sanden Totten is a host and co-producer of American Public Media's Brains On!, a podcast for kids and curious adults about the scientific mysteries of the universe. Prior to that he was KPCC's Science Reporter, where he covered everything from space exploration and medical technology to endangered species and the latest earthquake research.
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
Major reservoirs up north like Lake Shasta and Lake Orville are close to their historical average. Meanwhile, the reservoirs in Southern California are still low.
The mission, which would send a lander to detect marsquakes and study the planet's interior, has been delayed because a pivotal piece of equipment was flawed.
LISA Pathfinder is a new mission to test technology that could one day pave the way for gravitational wave detectors in space.
Weather watchers predicted this year's El Niño would soak Southern California and leave the Pacific Northwest dry. Instead, the opposite happened. What gives?
On the Brains On! podcast, kids (and adults) learn about and get engaged with the world around them. Help Brains On! grow by contributing to its $48,000 Kickstarter campaign.
Researchers estimate that the leak spewed more than 100,000 tons of greenhouse gas into the air, which would make this the nation's single largest methane release.
There's a fungus among us and it's threatening California's salamander populations. Here's why that's a big deal.
The space line founded by Sir Richard Branson unveiled the craft Friday afternoon at California's Mojave Air & Space Port, where it was assembled.
But scientists say extended dry periods are common in Sierra winters even during El Niños.
An app called MyShake allows smartphones to detect earthquakes and send valuable scientific data to researchers. It may one day also give early warning alerts.
Southern California schools -- Caltech, Cal State Fullerton and USC -- were among the institutions that helped detect gravitational waves for the first time.
The ripples in space and time have finally been proven to be real after a century-long search. Now how do they factor into our understanding of the cosmos?
The state's largest water supplier says it should qualify for a reduction of 2 percentage points in its drought conservation goal based on new rules from the state.
Experts say damage from Taiwan's recent quake would have been worse if not for construction guidelines known as the Uniform Building Codes. CA uses similar codes.
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