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

Mountain Summer - August 8, 2014

Aug 8, 2014

Mountain Summer rolls on with another action-packed weekend, including details about The Summit County Fair - which wraps up this weekend - as well as Friends Of Animals 5 K9 human / dog race.  Jeremy Gross, a bartender at High West Distillery, also joined the show to talk about his winning entry in The Park City Restaurant Association's Summer Cocktail Contest. Hosts John Wells and Jude Robinson sampled the winning entry and loved it.

Cool Science Radio - August 7, 2014

Aug 7, 2014

On this episode of Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John get the low down on the history of alcohol during a conversation with Adam Rodgers, author of Proof: The Science Of Booze. Joshua Shenk then joined the show to talk about the power of creative pairings. His book is Powers Of Two.

Mountain Summer - August 1, 2014

Aug 1, 2014

John Wells and Meisha Lawson had a load of updates for your Mountain Summer on this episode, including the latest on the Park City Extreme Cup Soccer, featuring over 400 youth soccer teams from 5 states. Travis English and Cliff Blonquist from PCRA Rodeo updated us on The Summit County Fair and Patrick Cone joined the show to talk about The Best Of Park City, published earlier in the week in The Park Record.

Cool Science Radio - July 31, 2014

Jul 31, 2014

Weather data and online security are a few of the topics on this episode of KPCW's Cool Science Radio. Hosts John and Lynn were first joined by Mark Hurst, Executive Vice President with Tempus Global Data. They talked about some new systems being put together by Tempus to help deliver the next generation of weather data. Alain Ghiai, CEO of the Swiss company GlobeX Data then joined the show to to talk about online security and how you can improve yours.

It's fresh updates on all kinds of summer fun on this edition of KPCW's Mountain Summer. Updates include exhibits at the Utah Museum of Natural History, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, the Sundance Institute, the Summit County Fair and a visit from Chef Meryl van der Merwe.

Mountain Summer - July 18, 2014

Jul 18, 2014

Meisha Lawson joins John Wells for another edition of Mountain Summer, including a visit from Greg West of Utah Olympic Park. He dropped by to talk about Western Day on Saturday (7/19). Travis English from Summit County Fair dropped by with Paige Lindsay, Miss Summit County 2013. They talked about the fair coming up in the next few weeks. Laurie Backus, a park ranger at Jordanelle also joined the show to talk about Fire On The Water, also on Saturday (7/19). Meisha and John also gave a rundown of a bunch of other events all over the area this weekend.

Cool Science Radio - July 17, 2014

Jul 17, 2014

Author Rebecca Coffee joined John Wells and Beth Fratkin to talk about stress and her recent article for Discover Magazine, 20 Things You Didn't Know About Stress. National Geographic Host Jason Silva then joined the show to talk about NatGeo's Expedition Granted. Jason is the host of NatGeo's Brain Games.

On the premiere of KPCW's Mountain Summer show, hosts John Wells and Peggy Ijams were joined by station General Manager and President Larry Warren to talk about the show and what's coming up. Ryan Cray and Kate Boyd from Park Silly Market and Alissa Daly from Republic Services joined the show to talk about "recycle day" which is their theme this Sunday. Travis English dropped by to talk about the Summit County Fair and Katy Wang joined the show to talk about the Park City Film Series.

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.

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