Sanden Totten

Host, Brains On

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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

More earthquake mapping needed, LA-area state senator says

State budget cuts have slowed efforts to map active faults in California to a crawl.

Rose Parade's gay wedding draws cheers, but also complaints

Many people celebrated the wedding of Danny LeClair and Aubrey Loots, who tied the knot atop a float on Wednesday, but others said they boycotted the Rose Parade because of it.

California drought: 2013 was LA's driest year on record

Despite a record lack of rainfall, water official say Los Angeles still has enough in reserves to get the city through the next year or so.

2013: A look back on the year in space

Russian fireball, zero-gravity Bowie cover among this year's highlights from the final frontier

'King tides' are coming to California

The phenomenon is the result of a new moon and the Earth's making its closet pass to the sun.

Here's why LA's outdoor ice rinks don't melt

Sure, it's warm and sunny in Southern California this Christmas, but that won't stop people from ice skating. Find out why, and where to go.

Natural History Museum removes reference to 'God' amid controversy

In the face of growing controversy, the Museum of Natural History has removed from a wall at the museum a quote from an anonymous donor that evokes God.

Why is Antarctica's Totten Glacier shrinking faster than its neighbors?

Totten Glacier is a massive ice sheet in Eastern Antarctica. It's shrinking much faster than other glaciers. New research looks at why.

Rising ocean acidity may lead to extremely anxious fish

New research suggests that as the level of acidity in the oceans rise, fish may start behaving very strangely.

Fans, friends gather to remember Paul Walker at crash site

Actor Paul Walker, star of the "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, died in a violent car accident Saturday. The driver was a friend and fellow racing enthusiast.

Lawyer: Alleged serial killer Ocampo died from ingesting Ajax

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 25, apparently accumulated the cleaning product over time while in custody, said his attorney, Michael Molfetta.

Thanksgivukkah: Behind the rare convergence of lunar, solar calendars

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah usually don't mix, but this year they overlap. We take a look at why they coincide this year — and why the won't again for 70,000 years.

The 405: A freeway tour through eons of geology (photos)

The project to expand the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass may be a headache, but it's also a rare chance to see the insides of a mountain range.

Despite the rain, forecasters predict more drought likely in CA

It may be rainy in Southern California today, but NOAA climate scientists say even average precipitation this winter won't be enough to reverse the state's continuing drought conditions.

El Niño? La Niña? Nope. This winter, it's La Nada

Close to average temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean mean it's just as likely Southern California will have a dry winter as a wet one.