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
This Sunday the Curiosity rover is scheduled to touch down on Mars. It's the latest in a very long string of attempts to better understand our rust colored neighbor.
After centuries of watching Mars in the sky, humans have only just begun to understand the red planet. KPCC's Sanden Totten recaps what we know about it so far.
On Sunday, NASA's latest rover touches down on Mars. The machine — nicknamed "Curiosity" — will use a super-sonic parachute, heat shields and a hovercraft to stick the landing.
There's a new study on obesity that caught our eye this morning. It makes the bold claim that modern day hunter hatherers in East Africa burn as many calories a day as sedentary office workers here in America. The study compared populations and found that both groups tend to use the same amount of energy, suggesting that America's obesity has more to do with what we eat — not how much we sit.
If you are headed out of town this weekend, you might have to call up the dog or the cat sitter. But what if you keep chickens in your backyard?
KPCC's Sanden Totten examines the unfolding drama between origami maker Robert Lang and painter Sarah Morris.
The giant annual video game conference, E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo, is underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center. KPCC's Sanden Totten brings us more about E3 and the gaming business.
Yesterday, four tons of marijuana were found bobbing in the waters off the coast of Orange County.
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.