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

The Morning Mix - December 15, 2017

5 hours ago

  Today on The Morning Mix – musical guests Johnny Neel and Bryon Friedman will be performing live in studio throughout the hour and Brian Kelm, from the Utah Blues Society will be in to talk about a fundraising event to help support Utah Blues musicians chosen to compete in the 2018 International Blues Challenge, taking place in Memphis, TN next month.  All that plus a look at all the upcoming events around town this weekend.

Cool Science Radio - December 14, 2017

Dec 14, 2017

John and Lynn's first guest is NASA's Dr. Compton Tucker. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. Dr. Tucker will join us to talk about how this view of life from space is furthering knowledge of our home planet and the search for life on other worlds.  There were 17 named storms during the 2017 hurricane season which will go on record as the most expensive hurricane season in US History. John and Lynn visit with  Dr. Scott Braun from NASA.

This week The Morning Mix will feature musical guest Jarret Burns live in studio; an update from Jocelyn Scudder of Park City Summit County Arts Council about the pop-up shop and exhibit called Branded PC; Debra Cook, Teresa Eggerston-Cooke will be in to highlight the upcoming Park City Holiday Spectacular and Community Sing-Along taking place at Egyptian Theatre next week, and an interview with Robert Cray who is opening the 20th season at the Eccles Center this Saturday. All that plus Weekend Events in Summit and Wasatch Counties.

 

Cool Science Radio - December 7, 2017

Dec 7, 2017

John and Lynn speak with best-selling author of seven books, Steven Johnson, who is back with a book called "Wonderland:  How Play Made the Modern world," about how innovation throughout history has been linked to sheer amusement. Then, a conversation about computer science, engineering, and digital design with students of the PC CAPS program at Park City High School and their teacher and mentor.

Morning Mix - November 17, 2017

Nov 20, 2017

JW and Christie’s musical guest is Morgan Snow of Triggers & Slips who be performing live throughout the program. Other guests include Meisha Lawson and Curtis Stahl, drummer of Folk Hogan. 

Cool Science Radio - November 16, 2017

Nov 17, 2017

John and Lynn go into the science of the most common but most mysterious procedure in medicine.  For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo anesthesia each year, it is the source of great fear and fascination. Cool Science Radio speaks with Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo who has written a book called Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia.   Then the October edition of Scientific American published an article called Journey into Gunland.  According to the article, More firearms do not keep people safe, hard numbers show.

Cool Science Radio - October 12, 2017

Nov 10, 2017

John and Lynn’s first guest is Will Perego, CEO of 24-Hour Solar Roof. The second guests are John Heintz, Co- Founder & CEO Murray Cantor and C0-Founder & CTO of Aptage.  The final guests on the program are Shane Fox, Co- Founder & CEO Vishal Singh , C0-Founder & CTO of LINK3D.

Cool Science Radio - November 9, 2017

Nov 9, 2017

Today on Cool Science John and Lynn’s guests are Chris Fischer,  Chairman and Expedition Leader for OCEARCH. Fischer’s company is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking and studying great white and tiger sharks and  Dr. Mitch Goldberg, Chief Scientist for NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System which launches November 14th. This satellite will provide significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. 

  Christie Dilloway and John Wells in-studio musical guest this week is local youth Courtney Spaulding.  They talk to Mark Nelson from the Heber Valley Railroad about the upcoming North Pole Express holiday train rides and visit with Daniel Lewis about the weekly Community Jam Nights hosted by The Cabin.  And they'll give you an in-depth rundown of Weekend Events in our area. 

Musical guests are Molly In The Mineshaft, a multi-piece strings band from Provo. They are performing this weekend as part of the Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Cathy King talks about PC Rotary's joint effort with PCHS Interact club in an outreach project to an area Hopi Reservation Nov 2-5. 9:40 Mike Worel and Erika Lawyer about opening night of Giving A Bleep. 

Pages