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

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Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells first host  Megan Prelinger, author of Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age. Inside the Machine is a visual history of the electronic age which captures the collision of technology and art. A hidden history of the twentieth century’s brilliant innovations — as seen through art and images of electronics that fed the dreams of so many.


John Wells and Peggy Ijams host music guest Olie K who performed live in the first segment of the show.

In the second segment of the show, John and Peggy welcomed recording legend Chubby Checker who is appearing this weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City.

The conclusion of the program featured Renee Huang from the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and Natalie Cope, Deer Valley Music Festival Community Outreach Director.

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Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells talk with Jerry Kaplan, author of Humans Need Not Apply. After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities.

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John Wells hosted Morning mix with musical guests Elizabeth Hareza and Bill McGinnis. Ken Block and Buster Pike discussed Park City Sailing .

The second segment of the program featured upcoming weekend events in Park City, Heber City – including upcoming High School events.

The final segment was focusing on Homes for Our Troops with guest Bryant Jacobs.


Program Hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak to author Beth Shapiro whose new book, How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extension discuss if extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons could be brought back to life. In the book, Shapiro walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.

John and Peggy speak with Mel Harker,  the cannoneer who fires the cannon, during the Utah Symphony's performance of the 1812 overture at Deer Valley this weekend.

Melanie  Devaney performs live in studio. Melanie will be performing during the Arts Festival this weekend

And... golf tips from Amanda Keith at GolfTech

Johns first guest this morning was Pierre   Sokolsky who is the distinguished professor of physics and astronomy from the   University of Utah. Physicists plan a $6.4 million expansion of the $25 million             Telescope Array Observatory in Utah so they can zero in on a “hotspot” that    seems to be a source of the most powerful particles in the universe:    ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays.


Tim and John's first guest is well known media veteran, best selling author, medical doctor and distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr Dale Archer.  Dr. Archer discusses his latest book, ADHD Advantage.

The second guest, Dan-El Padilla , discusses his book, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League.  The story of an undocumented immigrant's journey from a New York Homeless shelter to the to of his class at Princton.

Park City

Peg Ijams, John Wells and Larry Warren celebrate Pioneer Day Live at the Park City Museum with guests Sandra Morrison, Park City Museum Executive Director and Robin Marrouche from the Kimball Arts Center.  Musical guests Courtney King and Jennifer Worsley performed live during the program.

Today in the program, John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Marc Lewis, PHD, author of the book, The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease.  Lewis is a neuroscientist and former addict who argues that addiction is  not a disease  and why we should view it as changeable through the brain's particular plasticity and ability to adapt.  It will help, he says with overcoming addition and pave a smoother path to recovery.