John Wells

Host, KPCW Cool Science Radio

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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Have you ever heard the expression “The crowd is always smarter than any one individual”. The first guest on the program is Jared Heyman who proves this every day.  Jared is the CEO of Crowd Med. Crowd Med believes the biggest flaw in today’s healthcare system is the expectation that one doctor has all of the answers. John and Lynn’s next guest is Ocearch Founding Chairman Chris Fischer. Since 2007, he has led 26 global research expeditions to advance science and education while unlocking many mysteries surrounding the life history of white sharks and other giants of the ocean.

The Morning MIx - October 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016

John and Jude welcome Shellie Barrus and Mikey Butters from Habitat for Humanity who are in studio to talk about the Overall Ball coming up October 22 at Legacy Lodge. Then Jocelyn Scudder and Larissa Trout from the Kimball Art Center bring us up to date on the third annual ARToberFest October 15th.

Cool Science Radio - October 13, 2016

Oct 13, 2016

Lynn and John’s first guest is Art Markman who has answers as to how our brain works and why we behave the way we do in his new book, Brain Briefs. Guest number two is Chuck English, in charge of snowmaking at Deer Valley. 

Today’s Musical Guest: Doyle’s Hooleygans Greg Doyle – fiddle Mary Finch – fiddle Mike Bennett – whistles Michael Giordano – Guitar Bob Smith – Bodhran (also member of Grapegrass)Second segment is Follies Rewind at Egyptian Theatre October 11-12 Follies Creative Team writers: Rick Klein, Paul Tan, Tom Clyde And in the third segment, we welcome Bonita Hutchinson, Executive Director One Revolution Foundation Hosting the One Rollicking Revel Halloween Bash at O.P. Rockwell October 15th

The FIRe conference is in it’s 14th year and The Economist named the Future in Review Conference the best technology conference in the world. Today’s show will be comprised of additional interviews that were taped during the conference.John and Lynn’s first guests are in fact a panel representing 4 bio tech firms and a venture capitol firm that have come together for a common cause to treat undiagnosed illnesses. The  second guest is Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale a graphene provider in the UK. The third guest is Caitlin Cameron who is the Chair and CEO of OhToe Nexus Medical technologies.

Cool Science Radio - September 29, 2016

Sep 29, 2016

John Wells broadcasts live from the FIRe (Future in Review) conference that is in its 3rd day at Stein Errickson’s Lodge in Park City. The Economist has named the Future in Review Conference the best technology conference in the world.  John’s first guest is Bibop Gresta, Chairman and COO of Hyperloop Technologies. Guest number two is Mark Anderson, Founder and CEO of Strategic News Service, CEO, SNS Conference Corp and Chairman of FiRe (future in review conference) named by the Economist as the best technology conference in the world.

John and Christie’s first guest today is Alicia Stockman who performs live – in studio.  The second    guests on the program are a couple members of Le Voir – who are playing at the Cabin on Saturday.  

John and Lynn’s first  guest is Richard A. Muller, author of Now: The Physics of Time .  “Now” is a simple yet elusive concept. You are reading the word “now” right now. But what does that mean? What makes the ephemeral moment “now” so special? Its enigmatic character has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond.

On today’s Morning Mix, John and Jude’s first guest is Elizabeth Hareza who performs live in studio.  Renai Bodley steps in to talk about a special interview she had with Sting. The final guest is Regina Eco from Park City Toastmasters.

John’s first guest today is Robert Muir-Wood, author of The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters. In The Cure for Catastrophe, global risk expert Robert Muir-Wood argues that our natural disasters are in fact human ones.