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 - August 18, 2017

Aug 18, 2017

On today’s program, John Wells and Jude Robinson welcome musical guest Scott Klismith who performs live throughout the program.  Up next is Kole Nordman, from the Utah Olympic Park, bringing us up to date on activities at UOP. Then, they welcome Aaron Shadwell who is performing for the Joseph Hames Dyslexia benefit.

Cool Science Radio - August 17, 2017

Aug 17, 2017

John and Lynn’s first guest is Victoria Bruce who has written SELLOUT: How Washington Gave Away America’s Technological Soul, and One Man’s Fight to Bring it Home.  In SELLOUT, Victoria Bruce tells the true story of how the US became 100% reliant on China for all its major defense systems. The 2nd guests are Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman who have written A MIND AT PLAY: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age.

The Morning Mix - August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017

This morning on the Morning Mix, JW and Jude’s musical guest is, Listen For Shooting Stars who will be performing live. Next up is Joey Traum of LiveNite Events talking about Reggae Rise Up Festival August 18 thru 22nd. Final Guest on the program is Renee Huang bringing us up to date on performances by the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera.

Cool Science Radio - August 10, 2017

Aug 10, 2017

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek explore the brain's response to music with Dr. Neal Barnard who is a doctor and researcher by day, musician by night.  Then they speak with Washington Post Reporter and author Dan Zak who has written a book exploring the upsides and the perils of the US nuclear arsenal.

 

Today’s music guest, Sophia Dion, will perform several songs during the program.  John and Jude will announce Park City’s Best Cocktail of 2017.  Travis English gives an update of the upcoming Summit County Fair.

Cool Science Radio - August 3, 2017

Aug 3, 2017

John and Lynn’s first  guest is Steve Ellis, CEO of Vutiliti. Vutiliti enables residential, commercial and government users to view their utility usage be it gas, water or electric in real-time. Their product helps users to become aware of utility costs, drives down utility bills, and conserves the natural resources used in utility generation. The 2nd guest is  a previously aired episode.....Mark O’Connell who has written THE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS MAN: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs. The book is about Dr. J.

   On today’s Morning Mix, William Kidd performs live throughout the show.  Then JW and Jude welcome Josh Hockman, the winner of the Park City Cocktail Contest in 2015. He works at Deer Valley’s Brass Tag. He discusses cocktails and things which are unique to PC Cocktail contest. Rules, ideas, how to taste and, how to vote. The final guest on the program today is Josh Robinson –cast member of Cabaret which is on stage at the Egyptian Theatre.  Josh plays the Emcee.

 

 

 

 

Cool Science Radio - July 20, 2017

Jul 20, 2017

John and Lynn’s  first guest is Charles Bacon who is the Enabling Technology Systems Engineer for NASA’s Satellite Servicing Projects Division. The ability to robotically service satellites offers many advantages over current astronaut involved missions. Many of the technologies being developed for this autonomous ability will also be used in future Mars missions. The 2nd guest is Mario Livio who has written WHY: What Makes Us Curious. The ability to ask “why” is uniquely human, and yet there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why that is.

Cool Science Radio - July 13, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek are out on vacation this week.  We  rebroadcast two of their favorite recent interviews.  One is with a local entrepreneur and Park City resident, Geoff Atkinson who runs the company, Huckabuy, out of the co-working space on Main Street.  They interviewed Geoff in June. Then, in the second half, we rebroadcast an interview with Mary Roach who has written, "GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War."

On today’s program John Wells and Jude Robinson welcome their musical guest Joshy Soul who performs live throughout the program.  The second guests are Shannon Runyon and Elizabeth Hareza. Then Michelle McDonald drops by to talk about the Park Silly Market.

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