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 - July 10, 2014

Jul 10, 2014

In the first segment of today's show, hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek spoke with Mary Mazzio, Executive Producer of Underwater Dreams. She wrote and directed this documentary about four teenage boys from the desert who built and undersea robot with parts from Home Depot, etc. Dr. Doug Lemon then joined the show to talk about the challenges of "range anxiety", a big issue for users of electric vehicles. Dr. Lemon is a part of USU's Wireless Power Transfer Team.

Cool Science Radio - July 3, 2014

Jul 3, 2014

Hosts John Wells and Alex Butwinski spoke with a couple of authors on today's show, including Alex Wright, author of Cataloging The World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age.  John and Alex also spoke with Michael Blastland, co-author of The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers about Danger.

Larry Warren and Doug Wells welcome David Bradford, ex-CEO of Fusion-io and Hirevue, author of Up Your Game: 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top. Cheleste Devereraux of Lunch Box also dropped by to talk about the services offered at the salon. Larry and John finished up the show with a conversation with Vicki Varela, managing director of Utah Office of Tourism.

Cool Science Radio - June 12, 2014

Jun 12, 2014

John and Lynn have a conversation with Sam Kean, author of "The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness and Recovery. For the second half, Dr. Terence Hines, of Pace University and author of a paper examining Einstein's brain.

The Mountain Life - April 30, 2014

Apr 30, 2014

Lynn and guest co-host John Wells spoke first with NY Times bestselling author Zac Bissonnette, author of Good Advice from Bad People:  Selected Wisdom form Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance Armstrong.

Cool Science Radio - April 10, 2014

Apr 10, 2014

Lynn and John talk about the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite with Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum of NASA. Part of the mission's goal is to improve forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters. This leads to the next guest, Jacob Lowenstern, Scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Yellowstone National Park sits atop one of the world's largest super-volcanos.

Doug Wells welcomes guest host John Wells today, to talk to Yukari Iwatani Kane, author of "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs". Mark Baker is a Health Savings Account Specialist for United HealthONE. He goes over the advantages of an HSA. Finally, Eric May, who has recently been appointed as the General Manager of the Blue Boar Inn, in Midway.

Cool Science Radio - April 3, 2014

Apr 3, 2014

John and Lynn start with "America's funniest science writer", Mary Roach with her new book "Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal". Then, Dr. Pearl Sandick, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah. Pearl talks about the discovery of ripples in space that may provide validation of the Big Bang Theory.

Cool Science Radio - March 27, 2014

Mar 27, 2014

Lynn and John have a discussion with Naveena Sadasivam, reporter at ProPublica, an independent non-profit news room, about possible health implications of hydro fracking. Karen Wilkinson is the second guest. She is the co-author, with Mike Petrich, of The Art of Tinkering, a celebration of what it means to tinker: take things apart and build art that is part of science and technology.

Cool Science Radio - March 20, 2014

Mar 20, 2014

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Lev Grossman, author of last month's TIME magazine cover story,  Quantum Leap: Inside the Tangled Quest for the Future of Computing.

Then Craig Aaron, CEO of Free Press about net neutrality and the recently announced merger between Comcast and Time Warner. 

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