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.

Ways to Connect

Morning MIx - April 28, 2017

Apr 28, 2017

The musical guest today is Kaia Kena, solo on acoustic guitar who plays live in studio. Kaia Kena is from Colorado, but here in Park City playing a number of gigs, including the Park City Brewery 2nd birthday celebration and Locals Jam night at The Cabin.  Then, John and Jude speak with SueAnn Kern and John Concannnon  about the Spring Toastmasters event.Final guest is  Jude Grenney of J Go Gallery and the Gallery Association who brings us up to date  about Friday night’s Gallery Stroll.

Cool Science Radio - April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017

John and Lynn’s first guest is Kevin Davis who has written The Brain Defense...Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America’s Courtrooms. Can a tumor the size of an orange located where impulse control is maintained in the brain acquit an otherwise calm man from a brutal murder?

The Morning Mix - April 21. 2017

Apr 21, 2017

Today’s musical guest is Mister Sister.  Members of the group, Nina Oyler, Dan Hall and Brady Chavez, perform live in studio. John and Christie’s second guests are Jen Billow and  Wendy Kohn, bringing us up to date on Running With Ed.  Final guest today is Renee Huang talking about the Deer Valley Music Festival.

Cool Science Radio - April 20, 2017

Apr 21, 2017

 

  Today Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with Kitty Ferguson who has written a book called,  "Lost Science: Astonishing Tales of Forgotten Genius."  She talks about 10 individuals who played a role, however obscure, in forming the science we treasure today.  

 

This morning’s musical guest is Courtney Spaulding  who is a Park City local and member of Troubled Youth Blues Band. She will be performing in studio. Guest number two is Steve Auerbach from Music Garage. He will be talking about auditions for Troubled Youth Blues Band.  Final segment of the program is an update on the Park City Follies April 20th through 30th at the Egyptian Theatre . Hunt Williams  and Jen Hardman are in studio.

John’s first guest is Dr. Andrew Shapiro, the manager of early stage innovation for the Space Technology Office at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He talked with him about current projects and managing a lab where ideas become concepts, possibly projects and even part of a mission for robotic and manned space exploration.The 2nd guest this morning is Bill Andrews who is the Senior Associate Editor for Discover Magazine. John talks with Bill about what’s new in the world of Googles AI Machine.

Morning Mix - April 7, 2017

Apr 7, 2017

John and Christie welcome today’s musical guest, Jordan Young of Candy’s River House, who performs live in studio.  Then Jimmy Carter, the original founding member of Blind Boys of Alabama, drops by to visit. The Blind Boys of Alabama are appearing this weekend at the Egyptian Theatre.  The final guest of the program is Jocelyn Scudder from the Kimball Art Center.

Cool Science Radio - April 6, 2017

Apr 6, 2017

Today in the program, Lynn and John talk algorhythms.  Their guest Ali Almossawi explains how we can have fun and see the usefulness of algorhyyhms.  Then they visit with Eric Miller and Dana Kunz, the founders of Avi-on, a turnkey lighting and home control platform that makes smart lighting easy to install, easy to change and easy to live with.  

Today’s musical guest is Alex Boye who performs in studio.  Boye also talks about building a musical career the modern way through social media.  Christie joins John and Jude to talk about clown day traditions in Park City.  

Cool Science Radio - March 30, 2017

Mar 30, 2017

On today’s program, Lynn and John start talking about Design Thinking with several designers who collaborate on innovation within Paypal.  They talk with Darwin Lui and Parker Kuncl, several of the speakers who will be in Park City next week for the Thin Air Festival. Then, Josh Hobson joins them in studio talking about the March of Science Park City, coming to town on April 22.

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