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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John and Jude’s first  guests this morning are Will Rogers and Clint Buffington.  They perform in studio. The second guests, Ashley Mark and Jessica Rodriguez are from the Thin Air Festival.  The final guest on the program is Natalie McHale who is the Education Assistant at the Swaner Preserve and EccoCenter. 

Cool Science Radio - March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017
Hubble Picture of Eagle Nebula

John and guest co-host Jack Ruben’s  first guest this morning is Dr. Carrie Nugent who has written, Astroid Hunters. What are asteroids, and where do they come from? And, most urgently: Are they going to hit this little planet of ours? What would happen if one was on its way? Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter—part of a group of scientists working to map our cosmic neighborhood. For the first time ever, we are reaching the point where we may be able to prevent the horrible natural disaster that would result from an asteroid collision.  The 2nd guest this morning is Dr.

On Today’s show, JW and Christie welcome Tom Bennett – a one man band – who performs live, in studio.  In the second segment of the program Terrance Simien – who is performing at the Egyptian Theatre this weekend – drops by and plays a couple of numbers .  And finally it’s an Irish Trivia Game to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Cool Science Radio - March 16, 2017

Mar 16, 2017

John and Lynn’s  first guests this morning are Eric Miller, CEO and Dana Kunz, Chief Operating Officer for Avi-on a company that designs and builds simple blue-tooth controls for home automation. Once headquartered in California, Avi-on has moved to Park City. . The 2nd guest this morning is Dr. Michael Osterholm who has written Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.

Cool Science Radio - March 10, 2017

Mar 10, 2017

 John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with freelance writer Samanth Subramanian who writes in Wired Magazine this month about some of the origins of fake news, in Veles, Macedonia.

 

Then, have you ever solved a Rubik's Cube?  Have you ever solved it in less than 30 seconds?  That little cube that was invented in Hungary in 1974, by a guy who put it together with wood blocks, rubber bands and paper clips. We speak with journalist and storyteller, Ian Sheffler, about his book, "Cracking the Cube."  

 

The Morning Mix -March 10, 2017

Mar 10, 2017

First guests on the program, the Park City Band, Downright Citizens.   The band consists of Elliot Goldman, Lucas Johnson and Jaime Jespersen. Guest number two is Scott Iwasaki who is the Park Record Scene Editor. 

Today’s musical guest is Chris Bender who performs live in studio. The second segment of the program features a live performance of "Amie" from the group that made it an iconic American song,  Pure Prairie League.  They're performing at the Egyptian Theatre this weekend. The final guest is Rich Wyman who is a long time local musician who has gone from playing Park City stages to stages worldwide.  

Cool Science Radio - March 2, 2017

Mar 2, 2017

John and guest co-host Jack Rubin visit with Peter Watson who has written CONVERGENCE: The Idea at the Heart of Science. Watson delivers a fascinating history of science over the past 150 years that offers a powerful argument...that many disparate scientific branches are converging on the same truths. Guest number two is Ben Reed, Deputy Director for NASA’s Satellite Servicing Projects.

The Morning Mix - February 24, 2017

Feb 24, 2017

Today’s music guest is Jennie Gautney who performs live in studio.  Jennie is accompanied by Joel Anderson, who is plays Upright Bass.  In the second half of the program Jw and Jude talk with The Amazing Kreskin.  Then, Gail Barille the Executive Director Officer of the National Abilities Center talks about The Red White and Snow event March 2 through 4th.

Cool Science Radio - February 23, 2107

Feb 23, 2017

JW and Lynn’s guest this morning is Andrew Parker who is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City. They have a new exhibit that just opened Alien Worlds and Androids. Alien Worlds and Androids bring guests face-to-face with worlds far beyond their own, and introduce the technology that takes them there. The question “are we alone in the universe” has fascinated mankind for centuries. Leonardo’s latest exhibit will help us understand the possibilities and encourage our imaginations.

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