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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On this week's The Morning Mix, hosts John Wells and Jude Robinson get serenaded by musical guest Jody Whitesides, visit with Jason Hackney to find out about spring rock climbing and explore the summer lineup at the DeJoria Center with Tracy Mullen.

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Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells talk about coincidence, and the fascinating world of math and probability behind that coincidence with Joseph Mazur, author of the book, Fluke: the Math and Myth of Coincidence. 

Then, a conversation with Rowland White, bestselling author and aviation expert, about his new book, Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her. 

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  John and Christie’s first guest today is Errol Grant, a member of the reggae group Patwa.  He performs a cappella in studio.  The next guests are Sean Beard and Amy Cutt   with Running with Ed.  Final guests today are Jocelyn Scudder  from the Kimball Art Center and Kristen McDermaid , the ceramic studio program manager at Kimball.   

The Morning Mix - April 8, 2016

Apr 8, 2016
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  Today’s first guest on the program is Robyn Cage.  She performs three songs live in studio. Guest number two is Janet LaPera who played for the LPGA for eight years.  Janet is a golf instructor at Jeremy  Ranch.  Today’s final guest  is Jack Tolan of the Band Sneaky Pete.

Cool Science Radio - April 7, 2016

Apr 7, 2016

  John Wells and guest co-host Alex Butwinski welcome Mary Spio to the show.  Mary is the author of the book, It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success.

The second guest on the program is Matt Wilkinson who has written, Restless Creatures: The Story of Life in Ten Movements. Matt’s book makes the argument that the true story of evolution is the story of locomotion, from the first stirrings of Bacteria to the amazing feats of Olympic athletes. 

The Morning Mix - April 1, 2016

Apr 1, 2016

  John Wells and Christie Dilloway’s first guest is Robert Bartko who performs live in studio. The second guest is Comedian Rick D’Elia.  Final guest is Adam Curfew who is director of brewery production at Squatters and Wasatch Brewery.  

Cool Science Radio - March 31, 2016

Mar 31, 2016
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The first guest this morning on Cool Science Radio is Jon Ronson, author of the book, So You’ve Been Publically Shamed. Ronson is no stranger to the darker corners of humanity: he  investigates the world of public shaming, where social media has made everyone a vigilante, and where a poorly phrased tweet or comment can catapult a person to Public Enemy No. 1 overnight.

  Our first guest Dr. Steven Hatch looks at his own profession and says that diagnoses are often just educated guesses, and prognoses less certain still. He’s written a book called Snowball in a Blizzard:  A physician’s Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine.  We speak with him in the first half of the hour. 

  John and guest co-host Jude Robinson’s first guest s are members of the group Le Voir who perform live in studio. The second guests on the show are Zach Reynolds and Andrea Peterson from the “You Again” Web Series. More live music from the last guests on the program, Debra Cook, founder and Executive Director of Utah Conservatory and Jonathan Griffith, visiting conductor.

    

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Dr. Andrew Newberg, co-author of How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation. In this original and groundbreaking book, Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman turn their attention to the pinnacle of the human experience: enlightenment.In segment two, Pagan Kennedy, author of Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World tells how a father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill.

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