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
Three years ago the California State legislature created the Film and TV Tax Credit Program, which allows TV and movie producers to write off up to 25 percent of their taxes if they film in state. The aim was to keep crews from moving production to states already offering generous incentives, and it's up for renewal this month.
The pre-historic plesiosaur: it looked like the quintessential sea monster. It had a long neck, flippers and fangs. Think of the Loch Ness monster, and you are on the right track. But a paper published today in the journal "Science" says these ancient beasts may have actually been social creatures and doting mothers. The research is based on a fossil of a pregnant plesiosaur that's part of the new dinosaur exhibit at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. Reporter Sanden Totten paid the specimen a visit.
William and Catherine are back in Britain after a quick visit to Los Angeles. During the royal couple’s three-day stay, they met with A-list celebrities, politicians and business leaders.
The big news in Los Angeles celebrity gossip this weekend was, of course, the visit of Prince William and Princess Catherine. The Royal Couple were spotted in Hancock Park. They kissed on a polo field in Santa Barbara. They hobnobbed with Tom Hanks and Jennifer Lopez at a Hollywood party. And on Sunday, they visited Inner-City Arts, a school that teaches art to kids living on L.A.'s Skid Row.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down at LAX Friday afternoon to kick off a whirlwind weekend of meetings, charity events and photo opportunities. The couple were greeted by Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Saliva might seem gross when the stuff unintentionally flies out of your mouth, or you see the person sleeping on the seat next to you drooling, but researchers are finding new uses for saliva that could open the way to big changes in the world of medicine.
After well-publicized conflicts with the Los Angeles Unified School District, reality television star Jamie Oliver wrapped up the second season of his show, "Food Revolution," last week. Did the program have an impact --or even pose the right ideas -- about how to improve nutrition in L.A. schools?
British journalist Jon Ronson is obsessed with obsessives. He's best known for writing the book behind the George Clooney film "The Men Who Stare At Goats." In his latest book, Jon Ronson has turned his own obsessive eye toward psychopaths. The book is called "The Psychopath Test."
Author Amy Chua raised eyebrows earlier this year with her autobiography of motherhood, "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." The book suggests strict parenting can help kids get into Ivy League schools. But what happens to those kids when the test taking is over? That's the question New York magazine writer Wesley Yang set out to answer in his article, "Paper Tigers."
You might think Mother's Day was an invention of the floral industry or greeting card business. But the holiday as we know it was started by a woman name Anna Jarvis.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday. You might be planning to send a card or a dozen roses to Mom. If so, you’re not alone. Mother’s Day has become one of the most commercial holidays of the year.
On Sunday the Hubble Space Telescope turns 21-years-old. To mark the occasion, NASA is releasing new photos from Hubble’s camera. The latest image - called “Rose” - depicts two galaxies that together look like a flower on a long stem. It’s one of hundreds of thousands of pictures taken by a telescope that almost didn’t fulfill its mission.
If the roads in Los Angeles seem worse than usual, it’s because they are. The city’s Bureau of Street Services says this year is shaping up to be one of the worst years for potholes in recent memory.
After a two-year delay, NASA engineers are putting the final touches on the next Mars rover. The six-wheeled vehicle, dubbed Curiosity, cost rough $2.5 billion and will launch later this year. In the meantime, the rover is kept very, very clean.
The third HempCon came to the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. It’s an event that brings together businesses involved in the medical marijuana industry. Convention organizers say it’s the largest one yet, with close to 150 vendors.