John Wells

Producer/ Co-Host

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

Cool Science Radio speaks with Gina Bria who, along with Dana Cohen, wrote QUENCH: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration. We talk with Bria about why in scientific terms, drinking eight glasses of water per day is not optimal for hydration and why hydration absorbed, and then distributed through micromovement, is the complete formula for hydration.

Dr. Andrew Shapiro joins Cool Science Radio. Shapiro is the Manager of Technology Formulation for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Shapiro is the manager of early-stage innovation for the Space Technology Office. We talk with him about new technological concepts and what it's like to manage a lab where ideas become concepts, possibly projects and even part of a mission for robotic and manned space exploration.

  Friday on The Morning Mix, in-studio musical guests inlcuded The Inevitables, one of the many student performance groups produced by the award winning  'Caleb Chapman's Soundhouse' school in Salt Lake City. Also, conversations with the Director, Caleb Chapman, and with original Yardbirds member, Jim McCarty, who is performing this weekend at Egyptian Theatre.        

This morning John and Lynn speak first with New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer who also teaches science writing at Yale University.  He joins us for a deep dive into genetics; his new book is, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. 

 

 

John and Lynn speak with Richard Munson, an author, businessman, and activist in the field of clean energy and industrial energy efficiency.  He directs the Environmental Defense Fund’s clean energy efforts in the Midwest and  he has now written a book about Nikola Tesla… Tesla’s inventions transformed our world and his visions have continued to inspire great minds for generations. You know his name, you may know a few of his inventions, but do you realize the profundity of his influence on today’s technological advances?

This week on The Morning Mix, semi-finalist of the 2018 International Blues Challenge, William G Kidd will be the in-studio musical guest. Also an interview with Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band - they'll be performing next week at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City; and a conversation with  Ryan X of the band Dead Fervor, who will be opening for Skid Row and Vixen tonight at DeJoria Center. 

  Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) who has written Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World Oceans. A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, Stavridis served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. We will speak with Admiral Stavridis about navel technology 50 years ago, today and into the future and we will speak with him about rising sea waters, piracy and political hot spots in China and Russia.

Dr. Peter Barlow who is the Associate Professor of Immunology and Infection and the Director of Research for the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. We speak with Dr. Barlow about a possible breakthrough in a cure for the common cold.

 

On The Morning Mix -musical guest in studio is Courtney Spalding. Other guests include Brian Kelm, President of the Utah Blues Society talking about the upcoming Utah Blues Festival, to be held at Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City on June 16th, and original Beach Boy, Al Jardine, who is performing "A Postcard from California" at Egyptian Theatre this weekend. Also a full rundown of Weekend Events- on The Morning Mix Friday morning at 9, right after NPR News.

Revered author Simon Winchester joins the program. Winchester is a many time NY Times bestselling author whose books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map that Changed the World, and others - and he joins us  to talk about his new book which is The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision.

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