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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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.

John and Jude’s first  guests this morning are Will Rogers and Clint Buffington.  They perform in studio. The second guests, Ashley Mark and Jessica Rodriguez are from the Thin Air Festival.  The final guest on the program is Natalie McHale who is the Education Assistant at the Swaner Preserve and EccoCenter. 

Cool Science Radio - March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017
Hubble Picture of Eagle Nebula

John and guest co-host Jack Ruben’s  first guest this morning is Dr. Carrie Nugent who has written, Astroid Hunters. What are asteroids, and where do they come from? And, most urgently: Are they going to hit this little planet of ours? What would happen if one was on its way? Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter—part of a group of scientists working to map our cosmic neighborhood. For the first time ever, we are reaching the point where we may be able to prevent the horrible natural disaster that would result from an asteroid collision.  The 2nd guest this morning is Dr.

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