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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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. 

Cool Science Radio - September 7, 2017

Sep 7, 2017

John Wells and guest co-host Jack Rubin’s first guest is JULIAN GUTHRIE who has written HOW TO MAKE A SPACESHIP: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight. The 2nd guest is Dr. Linda Spilker who is the Cassini Project Scientist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California. Cassini is the largest and the most sophisticated planetary orbiter ever built. She was launched in October of 1997. She arrived in the Saturn system almost 7 years later after traveling 1 billion miles.

  

Mikael Lewis is JW and Jude’s musical guest. He will be performing during the program. The second guests will be Shellie Barrus and Melanie Seus of Habitat For Humanity, promoting the upcoming Overall Ball and then Minda Stockdale and Denise Carey are in studio to talk about the Scarecrows at McPolin Farm. 

John Wells and Christie Dilloway are joined on the Morning Mix by musical guest Nic Quilter, and they hear from Diane Knispell from Park City Museum about the return of the Glenwood Cemetery Tour scheduled for Miners Day. Additional guests are  members of the Park City Summit County Arts Council talking about the "Art Lovers Trunk Show".  

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.

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