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

  John and Jude’s first guest is Oli K who performs live in studio.  Then Moe Hickey makes an appearance talking about the Big Stars Bright Nights Lineup for the summer season. Finally, Michelle Moore and Warren Workman talk about the Park City International Film Festival. 

Cool Science Radio - June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

  Lynn and John interview Jason Wilkes, author of Burn Math Class: And Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself.  Focusing on how mathematics is created rather than on mathematical facts, Wilkes teaches the subject in a way that requires no memorization and no prior knowledge beyond addition and multiplication.Gabriela Gonzalez is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University and the Spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

  John and Christie welcome Brian Kelm, President of the Utah Blues festival which is being held Saturday June 18th at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.  This is the only festival in Utah solely dedicated to increasing awareness of a uniquely American musical art form – Blues music

The second guest on the program is KPCW General Manager Larry Warren who brings us up to date on all the station’s summer activities.

The Final guest on the program is Katrina Kmak from the Park City Library speaking of all the summer kids’ activities the library is offering.  

Cool Science Radio - June 16, 2016

Jun 16, 2016

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Alan Westenskow, Director Business Development for Proterra. With the launch of their first fast-charge bus the EcoRide, Proterra broke new ground and became the leading innovator of zero-emission commercial vehicle solutions.

  John and Jude welcome Singer Songwriter Rob Harmon to the program.  Rob performs live in studio. The second guests on the program are Jason Dyer and Alex Mietcen  who bring us up to date on Olympic Day which takes place June 15th and 16th. And finally, Rick Brough talks about the entire summer blockbuster movie season coming our way.

Cool Science Radio - June 9, 2016

Jun 9, 2016

  Lynn and John’s first guest on the program is Phil Davidson of Davidson Orthopedics. Dr. Davidson is renowned for his expertise in Cartilage Restoration and Joint Resurfacing of the knee and shoulder. For two decades, he has been recognized among the nation's foremost orthopedists in treating articular disorders. His particular area of clinical interest and expertise is in the field of biological and anatomic joint resurfacing.

  John and Christie welcome their musical guest, Elizabeth Hareza, who performs live in studio. The second guest on the program is Scott House from White Pine Touring who talks about a new climbing school and new permitted climbing areas in the Uinta Mountains.  Finally Brian Richards of Mountain Town Music tells of upcoming events.  

Cool Science Radio - June 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016

On the program this morning, John and Steve speak with Leonard Mlodinow, who discusses his book, The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos. A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us. Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science.

Cool Science Radio - May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Karen J. Greenberg, author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State.   Karen Greenberg, is one of this country’s top experts on Guantánamo, torture, and terrorism, with a deep knowledge of both the Bush and Obama administrations.

  This morning on The Morning Mix, John and Christie introduce musical guests Bill McGinnis and Steve Seskin who perform live in studio. In segment two, Janet LePera stops by.  Janet is one of the top LPGA instructors in the world.  The final guest is Dude from Cole Sports talking about the Bike Swap happening  this weekend benefiting the Mountain Trails Foundation.