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

Surfer Statue Rides a Wave of Public Ire

Is it his limp wristed stance? His unhip helmet of hair? Or the fact that he's riding what looks more like the stream from an agressive water fountain than one of the beastly waves California is known for?

From Miners to Astronauts?

For the 33 Chilean miners now trapped below the earth, surviving the cave-in might be the easy part.

Facebook finds you and Bieber trips you out

The Web can be a confusing place. To help us make sense of it each week we're gonna turn to John Moe, host of the cyber savvy show Future Tense. Think of John as our foreign correspondant reporting from the far flung reaches of the Internets.

Madeleine Brand Show Adds Some Midwestern Flair

Hey lovely people of California.