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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
The City Council will decide on whether or not to hire an engineering firm to help identify seismically vulnerable buildings.
The "Walk for Warriors" 5K in West LA attracted current military personnel and companies that are looking to hire veterans.
On Tuesday President Obama will meet some of America’s brightest minds, including a teen from Los Angeles who who co-created a bracelet that helps autistic children.
Of the more than 18,000 new species identified last year, we've got the 10 most fascinating. After you view them, pick your choice for the weirdest.
A mega-storm on Jupiter that has raged for centuries and is now shrinking at a rapid pace, according to new research from NASA. But why?
To help curb an invasive bug threatening California's oranges, scientists are turning to its mortal enemy: a tiny wasp from Pakistan.
California's state flower is a remarkable plant able to thrive in harsh desert environments. This weekend there are plenty of places to see the poppies in bloom.
Jay Johnson is one of a select group of travel agents authorized to sell tickets for Virgin Galactic's planned space tourism experience.
Caltech researchers are conducting an experiment on the International Space Station to help reveal the workings of a protein associated with Huntington's Disease.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says dry soil will likely boost temperatures in Southern California this summer.
Scientists think a newly detected planet could sustain liquid water and an Earth-like atmosphere, making it a prime candidate for life.
We've got full details about how, when and where to view the total eclipse of the moon on Monday night, as well as a Q&A with KPCC science reporter Sanden Totten.
Mayor Garcetti announced plans for a rating system to evaluate a building's seismic safety and said he will develop a mandate for retrofitting older buildings.
A growing body of research suggests icy moons around Saturn and Jupiter may be the best candidates for finding life beyond Earth
The rover Curiosity carries an instrument funded by the Russian government and used by Russian scientists. NASA officials say the device will operate as normal.