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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Guest host John Wells welcomes the Citizen Noise Exchange. The band will play at Cicero's Thursday, January 23 at 11 PM.

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Cool Science Radio - January 2, 2014

Jan 2, 2014
Duke Canine Cognition Center

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.

These interviews originally aired October 31, 2013.

Mountain Money - December 30, 2013

Dec 30, 2013

Larry welcomes guest host, John Wells to the show today. Their first guest is Gary Williams, author of "The Art Of Retirement". Then, Melissa Garland, owner of Tadasana Yoga Studio, which offers Hot Yoga and Power Vinyasa. To finish the hour, Meryl Van Der Merwe, chef at Du Monde Gourmet Kitchen.

Cool Science Radio - December 26, 2013

Dec 26, 2013

John and Lynn talk with Bruce Bugbee, Director of the Plant Physiology Laboratory at Utah State University. USU has flown more experiments in space than any other university in the world. Also, a conversation with Guy Harrison, author of "Think: Why You Should Question Everything".

Cool Science Radio - November 21, 2013

Nov 21, 2013

Today's guests include Craig Wiseman, Certified Insurance Counselor and Board President of Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents. In the second half, Todd Marriott, Executive Director of Utopia (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency).  Utpoia is a fiber optic infrastructure that utilizes light to transfer information.

Cool Science Radio - November 14, 2013

Nov 15, 2013

This week's show brings in Gil Moore, Director of Projects POPACS, STARSHINE and PrintSat and Adjunct Professor of Physics Utah State University. POPACS main objective is to measure the changes in density of the auroral zone upper atmosphere. In the second half, an encore interview with James Fallon, author of "The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain.

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." 

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