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Amy Standen

Amy Standen

QUEST Reporter

Amy Standen is a radio reporter for QUEST, KQED's science and environment show. She was born and raised in San Francisco, but cut her teeth in public radio at New York City's KPFA. Since then, she's been a producer on Pulse of the Planet, editor of Terrain Magazine and an editor at Salon, and a "roving reporter" for KALW's Philosophy Talk. These days, she reports features and news spots for KQED News and QUEST and contributes frequently to NPR.

A recipient of the James Madison Freedom of Information Award, Amy's work has also been recognized by the National Association of Public Radio News Directors and Northern California's Society of Professional Journalists.

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Stories (244 archives)

Quest | Sep 17, 2012 8:33 AM
Is Nail Biting a Pathology? Or Just a Bad Habit?

The field of psychiatry is going through major changes this year. For the first time in almost two decades, the so-called "Bible" of psychiatry -- the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" -- is getting an overhaul. Among the changes: a new category called the Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum. That includes not just OCD, but other behaviors that are far more common.

Quest | Sep 10, 2012 8:33 AM
Prop. 37: Are GMO Labels a Scarlet Letter?

If Proposition 37 passes, California would be the first state to require manufacturers to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients. Critics of the measure say that such a label would be a veritable scarlet letter for products, while supporters site a lack of research on the effects of Genetically Modified Organisms.

The California Report | Sep 7, 2012 8:50 AM
Food Corporations Pour Money Into 'No on 37'

The funding gap is widening in one of the most closely watched items on California's November ballot. Proposition 37 would require labels on all foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

Quest | Jul 23, 2012 8:33 AM
Unique HIV Case Inspires New Research

More than 34 million people live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Only one person has, apparently, been cured of the virus. As the International AIDS Conference returns to the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years, we speak with two individuals: the man known in some research circles as "the Berlin Patient," and one of the California researchers trying to replicate his HIV cure using gene therapy.

Quest | Jul 16, 2012 8:33 AM
The Great Cancer Cell Mix-Up

Imagine you're a scientist, trying to cure brain cancer. One thing you'd probably want to be sure of is that the samples you're working with actually came from a brain tumor, and not some other kind of cancer. This sounds like a simple problem to solve, but it's been nagging scientists for years, causing the waste of precious research dollars.

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