John Wells

Producer/ Co-Host

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Conkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.

John's fascination with technology continued with a 25 year career in the computer industry. He held area, senior and executive management positions with; Chipcom Corporation (networking), MIPS Computer Systems (high performance computing) and Netapp (storage). He moved from Boston in November 2010 to live in Park City. He began DJing at KPCW in January 2011, has substitute co-hosted regularly on Mountain Money, Community Voices and This Mountain Life. In February 2013 John and Lynn Ware Peek became the permanent co-hosts of Community Voices.

In September 2013 John and Lynn launched Cool Science Radio: Delivering understandable science and technology in a complicated world.

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The Morning Mix - July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018

This week The Morning Mix is taking their show on the road!  JW and Christie broadcast live from Abravenel Hall in downtown Salt Lake City with the Utah Symphony as their live musical guest. They also speak with singer, musician, and author  Rick Springfield, who's performing with the Symphony Friday night in Park City at the Deer Valley Music Festival. Additional interview guests include Toby Tolokan- Vice President of Artistic Planning, Leslie Petersen- Vice President of Development, and Paula Fowler- Director of Education and Community Outreach. 

Joining Cool Science Radio from NASA Goddard Space Center is Dr. Eric Christian, the Deputy Principal Investigator for the instrumentation package that will be on the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft that will launch in early August. The Parker Solar Probe Mission will fly closer to the Sun than any human-made object has ever gone. A mission 60 years in the making, Parker Solar Probe will make an historic journey to the sun's corona, a region of the solar atmosphere.

Cool Science Radio speaks with Bill Andrews, Senior Associate Editor for Discover Magazine. Discover’s July/August issue features a section titled, "Everything Worth Knowing," and covers a broad range of topics about the Giza pyramids, clouds, personality, the Milky Way, mass extinctions, the science of music, octopuses, autonomous cars and more.

On The Morning Mix, Robyn Cage is performing live in the studio throughout the program. Also, Ellie Gallagher is in to promote her show PC Girl Cabaret, happening Friday night at Downstairs.  Juliann Fritz, Board Member of Park City Summit County Arts Council and Graham Reynolds offer details on this weekend's Summit County Arts Showcase, and Grayson West and Piper Underbrink talk about events coming up at 350 Main sponsored by Alpine Distilling. All that and a full rundown of music and events happening in our community this weekend.

Dan Strickman is a medical entomologist for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the author of an article called Buzzkill in the July edition of Scientific American. In it he talks about mosquitos, the creature everyone hates! There’s good reason to have disdain for them, the mosquito is responsible for 725,000 deaths annually, making it the deadliest creature on the planet. But scientists are fighting back with new poisons, traps, and genetic engineering techniques.

 

Senior editor of Scientific American Josh Fischman discusses his article,  Battle of the Brains. In new scientific studies to measure cognitive power it's found that dogs beat their domesticated rivals, cats. It's not about the size of the brain, but Fishman shares what it is about. 

 

 

 

This Morning’s musical guests, The Brothers Brimm, performed live in studio throughout the program. Also John and Christie visited with Dave Kaufman with the 1033 Foundation about the second annual Utah 1033 Ride and Benefit Concert  taking place this Sunday. Also, members of the cast of "The Who's Tommy-the Musical", talked about the  opening weekend of the show and its month-long run at Egyptian Theatre. All that and a rundown of Weekend Events on The Morning mix.

(Rebroadcast) - Revered author Simon Winchester joins the program. Winchester is a NY Times bestselling author whose books include The Professor and the Madman and The Map that Changed the World. He joins us  to talk about his new book which is The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision.

(Rebroadcast) - Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) who has written Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World Oceans. A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, Stavridis served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. We will speak with Admiral Stavridis about navel technology 50 years ago, today and into the future and we will speak with him about rising sea waters, piracy and political hot spots in China and Russia.

On The Morning Mix, Crook and the Bluff are performing in the studio throughout the program, and organizers of the Element 11 Festival, a regional, sanctioned Burning Man event, which takes place in the Utah west desert from July 12th through 15th, are  in to talk about that event coming up and how to get involved. Also members of Park City Improv are in studio to promote the shows they're doing at the Park City Library on select Fridays throughout the summer, including tonight. 

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