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.

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Cool Science Radio - August 3, 2017

Aug 3, 2017

John and Lynn’s first  guest is Steve Ellis, CEO of Vutiliti. Vutiliti enables residential, commercial and government users to view their utility usage be it gas, water or electric in real-time. Their product helps users to become aware of utility costs, drives down utility bills, and conserves the natural resources used in utility generation. The 2nd guest is  a previously aired episode.....Mark O’Connell who has written THE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS MAN: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs. The book is about Dr. J.

   On today’s Morning Mix, William Kidd performs live throughout the show.  Then JW and Jude welcome Josh Hockman, the winner of the Park City Cocktail Contest in 2015. He works at Deer Valley’s Brass Tag. He discusses cocktails and things which are unique to PC Cocktail contest. Rules, ideas, how to taste and, how to vote. The final guest on the program today is Josh Robinson –cast member of Cabaret which is on stage at the Egyptian Theatre.  Josh plays the Emcee.

 

 

 

 

Cool Science Radio - July 20, 2017

Jul 20, 2017

John and Lynn’s  first guest is Charles Bacon who is the Enabling Technology Systems Engineer for NASA’s Satellite Servicing Projects Division. The ability to robotically service satellites offers many advantages over current astronaut involved missions. Many of the technologies being developed for this autonomous ability will also be used in future Mars missions. The 2nd guest is Mario Livio who has written WHY: What Makes Us Curious. The ability to ask “why” is uniquely human, and yet there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why that is.

Cool Science Radio - July 13, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek are out on vacation this week.  We  rebroadcast two of their favorite recent interviews.  One is with a local entrepreneur and Park City resident, Geoff Atkinson who runs the company, Huckabuy, out of the co-working space on Main Street.  They interviewed Geoff in June. Then, in the second half, we rebroadcast an interview with Mary Roach who has written, "GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War."

On today’s program John Wells and Jude Robinson welcome their musical guest Joshy Soul who performs live throughout the program.  The second guests are Shannon Runyon and Elizabeth Hareza. Then Michelle McDonald drops by to talk about the Park Silly Market.

Cool Science Radio - July 6, 2017

Jul 6, 2017

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Charles Spence, a pioneer in sensory science from Oxford University who has written a book called Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating.

Then they speak with Lawrence Greenemeier who is the technology editor for Scientific American.  He recently wrote an article for the magazine called, “When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media’s Efforts to Combat Terrorism.” He’ll explore efforts to curtail the proliferation of hate on social media.

  The Morning Mix has a very special show today. Join Christie, Jude and JW live from Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City. Today their musical guest is the entire Utah Symphony who is at Capitol Theater this morning rehearsing for their show in Deer Valley tomorrow night. Additional guests include Broadway vocalist Lisa Vroman, conductor Jerry Steichen and Paul Meecham, Utah Symphony/Utah Opera President and CEO.            

Cool Science Radio - June 29, 2017

Jun 29, 2017

Today on Cool science radio -- Brett Velicovich author of, Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier's Inside Account of the Hunt for America's Most Dangerous Enemies. Unknown to most people the US Army has a small, elite group of soldiers who hunt and kill terrorists with drones. The 2nd guest is Peter Brannen who has written THE ENDS OF THE WORLD: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions.  

Cool Science Radio - June 22, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

  On Today’s show, Lynn and John talk about beer -  the science of beer making.  They speak with bimolecular archeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern about his new book called Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Recreated.  How did our ancestors brew libations? 

Morning Mix - June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017

John and Christie’s music guest today is Joshy Soul who entertains live in studio.  Today’s second guest is Mitchell Burns from Red Ledges Golf. Guest number three is Gary Lauer representing the Wasatch Speakers Series.

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