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

Our guest, local geneticist Dr. Brian Ward,  joins the show. Ward is the founder and principal of Advantage Genomics Consulting, a Park City-based company. Ward has spent a lifetime exploring the most recent advances in genetics: how genetics can help us target specific cancers, how we can edit genes to produce healthier and stronger species and what the ethical considerations are of doing that.

This weeks Morning Mix features musical guest Morgan Snow of Triggers and Slips performing live in the studio throughout the show. A conversation with Raychel Johnson, Marketing Director for the Ogden Music Festival, happening this weekend at Fort Buenaventura in Ogden. And a final interview with Katie Stellpflug, celebrating 7 years in Kamas with ARTique gallery and giftshop, who is hosting a First Friday openhouse tonight. 

  Adam Becker, PhD, joins John and Lynn. Becker has written, What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics. Modern technology today is driven by quantum theory - from the LEDs and microchips in your phone to the nuclear hearts of the most distant space probes, yet most physicists don’t agree on what quantum physics actually means...stay tuned for this lively discussion.

Cool Science Radio speaks with Ryan Wright, a sophomore at Park City High School, who will be President of the Engineering Club next year. We talk with Ryan about how he first became interested in engineering, his plans for the Engineering Club and what is ticking in the minds of inspired young people. 

The Morning Mix - May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

Guests on The Morning mix include Brian Richards of Mountain Town Music and Caleb Parry and Jeremy Gross, two actors performing in "The Full Monty", on stage this weekend at Egyptian Theatre. Also, musical guest Lantern By Sea playing live  in the studio.

Today we speak with a 17-year-old mathematician, Agnijo Banergee, whose IQ is higher than that of Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking. He is joined by his math tutor and co-author, David Darling. The pair have written a book called Weird Math: A Teenage Genius and His Teacher Reveal the Strange Connections between Math and Everyday Life. 

 

Local resident Roger Burrows joins Cool Science Radio. Burrows has written many books, and is a mathematician and an inventor. His new book  is 3D Thinking in Design and Architecture from Antiquity to the Future. The book describes ways in which ideas of the past can be transformed into new concepts for the future. Burrows hope for the book is that readers will be able to walk through historical sites in the Americas and around the world and get a lot more out of the experience - as well as, hopefully, being inspired.

The Morning Mix - May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

This morning on The Morning Mix, 17-year old Sammy Brue is the musical guest.  Spencer Byrne from All-Seasons Adventures offers a status update on spring fishing and hiking, and-biking trail openings.  Josh Wartena from Sundance Resort talks about the upcoming summer activities planned. 

Richard Brown, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah joins Cool Science Radio. He was just honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s highest faculty accolade. The $50,000 cash award is presented annually to a faculty member who transcends ordinary teaching, research and administrative efforts.

Jonathan Johnson, President of Medici Ventures, which is a  subsidiary of Overstock.com. Jonathan is currently on the board at Overstock and was their President and acting CEO for a number of years. Medici invests in firms building solutions leveraging and servicing blockchain technologies. Medici Ventures has a growing portfolio of groundbreaking new companies and tech businesses.

 

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