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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Cool Science Radio - February 23, 2107

Feb 23, 2017

JW and Lynn’s guest this morning is Andrew Parker who is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City. They have a new exhibit that just opened Alien Worlds and Androids. Alien Worlds and Androids bring guests face-to-face with worlds far beyond their own, and introduce the technology that takes them there. The question “are we alone in the universe” has fascinated mankind for centuries. Leonardo’s latest exhibit will help us understand the possibilities and encourage our imaginations.

Today JW and Christie welcomed musical guest, Kris Lager, who performed live in studio.  Second guest on the program was Singer Lyle Divinsky.  Final guest, Dustin Esson, Managing Director at Park City live, dropped into the studio to visit.

Today’s music guest is Michael Dallin .  He performs live in studio during the program. John and Christie have an update of all the weekend events around Park City.

Cool Science Radio - February 9, 2016

Feb 10, 2017

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with environmental writer McKay Jenkins, how has written an exhaustive account of GMO's.  His new book is called, "Food Fight:  GMO's and the Future of the American Diet."  

Then, an exploration into the concept of time, with New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award Finalist, Alan Burdick.  He explores the topic that we all think about, but never talk about in this depth: time.  Burdick's book is,  "Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Exploration."

Today, JW and Jude’s musical guest is Andy Bailey who performs live in studio. Andy is vocalist for the band, Honky Blue Tonky. The second guest on the program is Comedian Keith Baraney who finds humor in today’s world. The final guest is Amy Roberts talking about Park City Hospitals open house of their new building February 9th from four to six p.m.

Sundance Reel Hour Two - January 20,2017

Jan 20, 2017

KPCW’s Sundance Reel Programming opened Friday with a Remote Broadcast from Whole Foods Market. The second hour highlighted a couple of feature length World Cinema documentaries that included “ Plastic China” and “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World”.  A  one woman, first time Sundance director brought her story of the short film called ”Hairat”.  Keep informed of the many dozens of interviews throughout the Sundance Festival by checking in with KPCW’s Sundance Reel Programs updating daily on KPCW.org. 

Sundance Reel hour one - January 20, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

KPCW’s Sundance Reel Programming opened Friday with a Remote Broadcast from Whole Foods Market.  John Wells and Nell Larson were joined in the first hour by 4 documentary film makers, producers and subjects. ”Icarus,”  “Rancher Farmer, Fisherman”, ”Unrest” and “Trophy” are four feature length documentaries crossing a spectrum of timely issues.  

Cool Science Radio - January 19, 2017

Jan 19, 2017

Lynn and John’s first guest this morning is Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, Research Physical Scientist and GPM Applications Scientist at NASA Goddard. GPM stands for the Global Precipitation and Measurement Satellite. The GPM is an international satellite mission to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. The 2nd guest this morning is Bill Andrews who is the Senior Associate Editor for Discover Magazine. Every year at this time Discover publishes their pick of the top 100 science stories of 2016.

This Green Earth - January 17, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

  This Green Earth has focused on a widely used class of pesticides called neonicotinoids before on This Green Earth, in context of their impacts on honeybees as well as native pollinators.  But today, John and Nell spoke with Cynthia Palmer, Director of Pesticide Science and Regulation at the American Bird Conservancy, about the heavy impact of these chemicals on birds.  

John Wells and Christie Dilloway’s guests include Elizabeth Hareza and Aaron English who perform Live in studio.  Then the topic turns to The Sundance Film festival, including a concert lineup during Sundance.

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