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 - October 13, 2017

Oct 13, 2017

JW and Jude welcome musical guests Tim Daniels and Randall Palmer who perform life throughout the program.  John Burdick and Tom Shannon- Park City Improv stop by and Becky Fuys talks about - SleepyHollow Haunted Wagon Rides at Soldier Hollow.  This is just one of the fun, family activities happening in the Heber Valley this season.

 

Morning Mix - October 6, 2017

Oct 6, 2017

On This morning’s Morning Mix JW and Christie talk with Greg Schirf from Wasatch Brew Pub about the October 14th Shot Ski event in Park City and also about his role in changing Utah liquor laws. We will also talk to Andrew Muse, local Park City resident who is building a millennial style career as a content creator, professional snowboarder, & entertainment personality. Our musical guest is Rick Gerber. He is appearing on the show solo, but he is also front man for Badfeather, playing New Year’s Eve at OP Rockwell.

Cool Science Radio - October 5, 2017

Oct 5, 2017

john Wells and guest co-host Jack Rubin's first guest is Geoff Dembicki who has written ARE WE SCREWED?: How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change. In his book Dembicki makes the argument that environmentally conscious young people are our best hope for slowing climate change.   The second  guest this morning is   famed paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara who has written WHY DINOSAURS MATTER.

On the Morning Mix today, JW and Jude welcome musical guests Terence Hansen playing a custom dual neck guitar.  Gary Lauer from the Wasatch Speaker Series shares this season's luminary lineup and Daniel Lewis from High Star Ranch, with all the Harvest Festival details.

Cool Science Radio - September 28, 2017

Sep 28, 2017

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Jason Fagone about his book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, the true story of Elizabeth Smith who in the early 1900’s played an integral role in cracking codes for the National Security Agency, intercepting foreign communications to glean intelligence. Then they’ll speak with Mark Anderson and Sharon Anderson Morris of the Future in Review Conference on science and technology taking place October 11-13 at Stein Ericksen Lodge. 

The Morning Mix - September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017

JW’S and Christie’s musical guest is Jordan Young who performs during the program.  Other guests include Kyle Decker and Tom Wallisch. The final guest was Kevin Costner who is in Park City filming a television series. Kevin and his band, “Modern West” are appearing Sunday night at O P Rockwell.

Cool Science Radio - September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017

In the first segment of the program, JW and Lynn talk with Ivy Estabrooke who is the Executive Director of USTAR, an acronym that stands for Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative. USTAR was established in 2006 to leverage science and technology innovation to diversify Utah’s knowledge economy. They will talk with Ivy about programs, research, partnerships and more. The second guest is Leonard Susskind who along with  Art Friedman, has written SPECIAL RELATIVITY AND CLASSICAL FIELD THEORY The Theoretical Minimum.

The Morning Mix - September 15, 2017

Sep 15, 2017

On today’s show, Jude Robinson and John Wells are  joined in studio with Bryon Friedman who performs during the program..  Renai Bodley, KPCW General Manager, gives us a progress report on the station.  And Joëlle Depeyrot, Mental Health Manager, Doctors Without Borders, talks about healing on the front lines.

Today on Cool Science Radio, the physics, technology and art of Time Travel will be explored - is it illusion, or it it real?  Then, adventures in animal neuroscience and how dogs have been trained to lie in MRI scanners so scientists can see how they think, feel and truly experience life, beyond what we humans assign to them."

JW and Christie's guests include musical act- Oskar & Julia who will be performing during the program, plus Meisha Lawson from Autumn Aloft and Laura Wall- with the Walk to End Alzheimers. 

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