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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 (248 archives)

The California Report | Apr 10, 2013 8:50 AM
Strawberry Growers Struggle to Replace Methyl Bromide

After scientific research at UC Irvine tied certain chemicals to the loss of ozone in the earth's atmosphere, nearly 200 nations pledged to phase out their use with the signing of the Montreal Protocol. But in California, where the state's $2.3 billion strawberry industry has come to rely on the chemical methyl bromide, a new report by the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation suggests strawberry growers will be using it for years to come.

The California Report | Nov 21, 2012 8:50 AM
Ambitious Nuclear Fusion Project Hasn't Delivered Yet

It's been called a modern-day moonshot, "revolutionary science" and "the mother of all boondoggles." It's the National Ignition Facility in Livermore. NIF is a $5 billion taxpayer-funded super laser project whose goal is to create nuclear fusion inside a laboratory. But so far that hasn't happened.

The California Report | Sep 27, 2012 8:50 AM
Perceptions of Science at Heart of Prop. 37 Battle

Proposition 37 could make California the first state in the country to require labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients. It's shaping up to be one of the most contentious and expensive battles on the state's November ballot. The ballot measure raises a host of issues -- but at the heart of it there are questions about science, and how it's perceived.

The California Report | Sep 21, 2012 4:30 PM
Nail Biting: More Than Just a Bad Habit?

In the updated "Bible of psychiatry," the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, there's a new category called the Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum. It includes not just OCD, but other behaviors that are far more common.

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.

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