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
Federal authorities say they will investigate whether L.A. County Metro’s planned cuts in bus service would have a disproportionate effect on poor and minority neighborhoods. The investigation follows an advocacy group’s civil rights complaint to the Federal Transit Administration last fall.
A public transit advocacy group is praising the news that a federal agency will take a look at bus line cuts in Los Angeles. The Federal Transit Administration plans to see if poor and minority communities will be hurt too much by L.A. Metro bus service cutbacks.
Last week on Skid Row, the melodies of Mozart, Bach and Handel filled the air. L.A. Philharmonic first violinist Robert Gupta performed an exclusive concert for clients of the Downtown Mental Health Center. It's part of his continuing effort to combat mental illness with music.
This week, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office sent letters to 140 medical marijuana dispensaries ordering their immediate shutdown because they violate a new ordinance.
Feeling tired? Blame your computer. The National Sleep Foundation says technology before bed hurts your quality of sleep.
Los Angeles is deploying smartphones and computers in the fight against graffiti. Officials unveiled a new initiative Friday that allows work crews to track the most prolific taggers with the technology.
Politicians and bike enthusiasts met on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday morning to support a plan that promotes bicycle safety.
When famous people get in serious trouble, it can be too much for their managers and publicists. Charlie Sheen’s publicist resigned Monday after the TV star generated too much bad publicity. KPCC’s Sanden Totten recently attended a conference by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. The title was worthy of a reality TV show - "Celebrities in Crisis."
On Sunday, Cardinal Roger Mahony celebrates his 75th birthday. It’s also the day he steps down as the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Replacing him is Archbishop Jose Gomez. Gomez led dioceses in San Antonio and Denver. He's about to take the reins of one of the nation’s largest and most diverse Catholic populations.
Presidents Day is national holiday. But for presidential impersonators, it’s no day off. KPCC’s Sanden Totten took a stroll with a Lincoln look-alike in Old Town Pasadena to find out what it takes to fill the 16th president’s shoes.
Last night, a NASA spacecraft played interstellar paparazzi. Stardust snapped 72 pictures as it flew by a six kilometer comet. The goal was to get a better idea of what comets are made of - and where they come from.
The Valentine bouquet you may have offered the one you love during the weekend – or will tonight, after a swing by the supermarket floral department – may have traveled thousands of miles.
Los Angeles International Airport may smell sweeter than usual this week. That’s because cargo jets are delivering millions of flowers in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Federal Customs and Border Patrol has stepped up inspections to ensure that the flowers you pick up at the store don’t harbor unwanted pests.
Immigrants' rights supporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday said they plan to focus on issues many people tend to overlook - the concerns of women.
There's only so much you can cover in an hour of the Madeleine Brand Show. But there are plenty of stories just below the radar that nonetheless brighten our days. So, we've collected some of the bizzare headlines that made us smile.