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.

Ways to Connect

  John and Christie’s first guest is Mike Rogers who performs live, in studio. The second guest on the program is Scott Thompson from OP Rockwell. Guest number three is Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco who is performing this week at the Egyptian Theater. 

  On today’s program, John and Lynn speak with Christopher Gonzales of Knack, a programmatic advertising platform that pairs brands with individual social media influencers to create and promote targeted user generated advertisements on social media. The second guest on the program is Winifred Gallagher, author of How the Post Office Created America: A History. Winifred Gallagher presents the history of the post office as America’s own story, told from a fresh perspective over more than two centuries.

  John and Jude’s musical guests today are Sol Y Momma who perform live in studio. Then they visit with Insa Reipen from Recycle Utah, who brings us up to date about Uncorked Utah happening today from 5 to 10 pm.  The final guest is Robin Marrouche, Executive Director of the Kimball Art Center. 

Cool Science Radio - July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

  John and Alex’s  first guest is Antonio Garcia Martinez, author of Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley. Martínez unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future.The second guest is John Ruple, Associate Professor of Law, University of Utah. In a new study published in Environs Environmental Law & Policy Journal, University of Utah S.J.

  The Morning Mix today, live from the Wallsburg Music Festival.  John and Jude’s first musical guest is Elizabeth Hareza who performs live from Wallsburg.  The second guest is Matthew Morrison who will be performing this weekend with the Utah Symphony at Deer Valley.  Then, John and Jude introduce Mindy Dillard who sings and plays live.  Final guest on the program is Rei Hotoda who is an associate conductor of the Utah Symphony.  Our thanks to Roger Crawford for his assistance in engineering the live broadcast from Wallsburg. 

  Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with David Sumpter about soccer and Math in his book Soccermatics:  Mathematical Adventure in the Beautiful Game.  Love soccer and Math?  Or love soccer but wonder about how to be inspired by Math?  


Then, Wired magazine's co-founder Kevin Kelly. He's got us looking ahead to what we can expect from technology in The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.


  Music guest Joel Pack performs live in studio today. Then, Judy Cullen, Marketing Director of Squatters and the Wasatch Brew Pub along with Matt Bishop, talk about local hops.  

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art.And then they speak with John Bloom, author of Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story. In the early 1990s, Motorola developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Iridium the company was a commercial disaster. Only months after launching service, it was $11 billion in debt, burning through $100 million a month.

  John and Christie welcome cast members from the show Rock of Ages performing tonight at the Egyptian Theater.  They perform live in studio. The second guest on the program is Renee Huang from the Deer Valley Music Festival who offers a schedule of summer events. Final guests today are Daniel Lewis and Patton Murray from the Leadership Class Project.

  John and Jude’s first guest is Oli K who performs live in studio.  Then Moe Hickey makes an appearance talking about the Big Stars Bright Nights Lineup for the summer season. Finally, Michelle Moore and Warren Workman talk about the Park City International Film Festival.