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 - November 7, 2013

Nov 7, 2013

John and Lynn talk with Brad Stone, author of "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon". In the second half, Mike Dunne, Director of Laser Fusion Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is heading up a group showing early positive results in fusion.

Cool Science Radio October 31, 2013

Oct 31, 2013

Today's first guest is Randall Irmis, Paleontology Curator at the Natural History Museum of Utah, explains why the "tiny stuff matters". Then, Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets.

Today, John Wells welcomes guest host Chris Cherniak. Their first guest is Randy Lewis, USTAR Professor at Utah State University. He talks about how spider silk proteins may form artificial ligaments. Then, Aaron Tilton, President and CEO of Blue Castle Holdings, who served as Vice Chair of the Board for Americans for American Energy.

Cool Science Radio - October 17, 2013

Oct 17, 2013

Today we talked with Clive Thompson,  contributing writer to Wired and NY Times Magazine and also one of the people chosen to test the Google Glass.  He’ll tell us about that and also talk about his new book called “Smarter Than You Think, How Technology is Changing our Minds for The Better." Then Daniel Leiberman, head of the evolutionary biology department at Harvard., speaks about  his book: "The Story of the Human Body:  Evolution, Health, and Disease." 

Cool Science Radio - October 10, 2013

Oct 11, 2013

The first guest is Chris Johnson, Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, School of Computing at University of Utah. Fusing advanced computing and visualization with biomedicine has earned Chris a prestigious award from the  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society. Then, David Epstein, author of "The Sports Gene:Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.

Cool Science Radio - September 26, 2013

Sep 26, 2013

Today's first guest is John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, whose research  is focused on jays and ravens. Then, University of Utah electrical engineers, Neal Patwari and Brad Mager, discuss the development of wireless sensors that can detect a person falling.

Cool Science Radio - September 19, 2013

Sep 23, 2013

Today's guests are Molly Wagster, Chief, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience, Natioanal Institute on Aging, proving you can teach an old dog new tricks.Then, Laura DeFrancesco, Senior Editor of Nature Biotechnology, on food safety.

Cool Science Radio - September 12, 2013

Sep 12, 2013

Hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek talk to Jared Zeizel, co-author of "A Field Guide To Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics". In the second Half, Pedro Sevilla, researcher on the WISE satelllite program at USU.

Hosts Larry Warren and John Wells talk with Charles Gasparino, author of "Circle of Friends: The Massive Federal Crackdown on Insider Trading and Why the Markets Always Work Against the Little Guy". Then, in the studio, is Vanessa and Michael Dobson of  Pop Art Snacks, organic, gourmet popcorn. Finally, a conversation with author Mary Rowbury, "Grab n"Go", on how to create your own emergency binder of essential records.

Community Voices - August 15, 2013

Aug 15, 2013

Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells start the show with Scott Sampson, lead researcher on the Grand Staircase/Escalante project that discovered a new dinosaur species. In the second half, David Biello, Editor of "Scientic American", about "Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths".

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