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.


Science & Technology
11:39 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Cool Science Radio - October 2, 2014

In this show, Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with Michael Harris, author of The End of Absence,  who addresses what it'll soon be like to live amongst a generation that has never known life without absence, the loss of lack. . The daydreaming silences in our lives are filled; the burning solitudes are extinguished. There’s no true “free time” when you carry a smartphone. Today’s rarest commodity is the chance to be alone with your own thoughts. Also Bruce Jankosky about the NASA mission to probe the climate history of Mars.

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12:36 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

The Morning Mix - September 26, 2014

  In this edition of The Morning Mix, John Wells and Peggy Ijams talk with Derryl Yeager from Odyssey Dance Theater about their upcoming show “Thriller”. They also interview Lisa Schneider (executive director) and Shirley Wright  (board member), of Habitat for Humanity about the  Overall Ball gala October 4. Plus upcoming weekend events in Park City and Heber, and high school sports in Park City.

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Science & Technology
10:56 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Cool Science Radio - September 25, 2014

On this edition of Cool Science Radio, hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells interview Christian Rudder, author of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking). Sheila Crowell, Psychology professor at University of Utah talks about the increased visual realism of 3-D films. Also Lauren Lockey from Sage Mountain Animal Rescue discusses the documentary screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.

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3:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Morning Mix - September 19, 2014

Join John Wells and Peg Ijams in this edition of The Morning Mix. In this show: Upcoming weekend events in Park City and Heber, High School sports in Park City, Guests include:

Silly Market Ryan Cray Exec Director. Peace House Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Jane Patten, Exec Director. Anne Johnson, Communications and Development Mgr. Park City Nursery and Tree Ranch, Kay Hodo and John Barrett, Arborist and Dana Williams, Random Acts of Awesomeness.

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Science & Technology
4:20 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Cool Science Radio - September 18, 2014

On this weeks show, a leading authority draws on new research to explain why the adolescent years are so developmentally crucial, and what we must do to raise happier, more and successful kids. Also the author of War of the Whales.

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New Show
12:26 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Morning Mix - September 12, 2014

Join hosts John Wells and Peg Ijams for the inaugural show of KPCW's newest Public Affairs Hour show The Morning Mix. Listen to guest interviews and the rundown of this weekends activities.

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Science & Technology
11:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Cool Science Radio - September 11, 2014

In this edition of Cool Science Radio, hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells welcome University of Utah computer scientist Robert Ricci about a new facility for researchers studying cloud computing. Also Felipe Ramos Lorenzo, who was on a team that discovered an 8,000 year old mutation that is key to human life at high altitude, joins the show. Lastly,Lynn and John talk big data with Christian Rudder, the author of Dataclysm.

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1:16 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Mountain Summer - Sept 5, 2014

In this, the last show for Mountain Summer, John Wells and Christie Dilloway run down this weekend's happenings. The Park Silly Sunday Market's Ryan Cray and Scott Davis from Moab Brewery stop by for a weekly update. Monika Guendner called in live from the Salt Lake Comic Con with Hawkman and Hawkgirl in tow. John and Christie also talked with Brian Richards from Mountain Town Music.

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Local News
11:37 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Cool Science Radio-Thursday Sept 4, 2014

On this show, Hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware  Peek welcomed guests Jeffrey Olsen, Public Information Officer for the National Park Service on Banning Drones in our parks. The second guest is Daniel Levitin, author of the Hit the Reset button.

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State & Regional
2:35 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Mountain Summer - August 29, 2014

With Summer winding down, KPCW is wrapping up our Mountain Summer with a few more episodes. This week, the show featured our friends from Park Silly Market and Chris Johnson, a GolfTec teaching professional. He joined the show to talk about a setup that can really help out the golfer in your life. Chef Seth Adams from The Riverhorse also joined the show to talk about his recent visit to NBC's Today show and all the tasty items at The Riverhorse.

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